Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Waist Beads?

Waist beads are a traditional West African adornment featuring small beads strung together and worn around the waist and hips. Rooted in cultural significance, waist beads have evolved into a versatile form of body adornment. Today, they are commonly embraced for purposes such as weight management and confidence enhancement, embodying a timeless tradition with modern applications.

What Size Should I Choose?

Choosing the perfect size for your waist beads is easy, even if you don't know your exact waist measurement. The standard length is 50 inches & fits most. Extended length is 60 inches and ideal for plus-size/curvy bodies. When uncertain, consider sizing up or use a soft tape measure for accuracy. Once your beads arrive, follow the simple instructions provided to effortlessly customize them to your desired waist position, ensuring a comfortable and personalized fit.

  • Standard= 50 inches
  • Extended Length= 60 inches

Who Can Wear Waist Beads?

Waist beads are a versatile form of self-expression open to individuals from diverse backgrounds. While not exclusive to any particular group, it is crucial to approach the tradition with respect and awareness of its cultural and historical roots in West African culture. Embrace the beauty of waist beads with an understanding of their rich context and significance.

How Do I Tie My Waist Beads

If you're new to waist beads, you may be wondering how to tie them on properly. Here's a simple guide:

  1. Decide where to wear your beads: If you are wearing them to track your weight loss, you may want to wear them above the navel. If wearing for any other purpose, you may prefer to wear them below the navel. Remember that you should be comfortable. 
  2. Measure the beads: First, wrap the beads around your waist where you want to wear them. Then pull the knot straight out on each end of the strand. Slide excess beads to the end of each strand according to where you'd like your beads to fit. 
  3. Secure the beads: When you have excess beads out of the way, tie a regular knot to secure the strand. Tie 3-4 more knots to secure. 
  4. Trim the ends: After securing your knot, cut the excess beads away, trimming the thread to about 1/2 inch of thread outside the knot. You may want to use a bowl to catch the extra beads while doing this.

And that's it! You now have a beautiful set of waist beads to adorn your body and celebrate your beauty and femininity. Remember, waist beads are not just a fashion statement, but a symbol of self-love and empowerment. Wear them with pride and confidence!

What Colors Should I Choose?

Rather than strictly adhering to established symbolism, it's crucial to choose colors based on what visually appeals to you and resonates with your individual style. Trust your instincts and opt for hues that make you feel confident and connected. Ultimately, your waist bead colors should reflect your unique taste and enhance your sense of self-expression.

Do Your Waist Beads Have a Spiritual Meaning?

 

1Waist beads have significant cultural and spiritual significance in African traditions. They are often worn as a symbol of femininity, fertility, and sensuality, and can also serve as a tool for weight management or to track changes in body size and shape.

It is important to note that while waist beads may hold spiritual or cultural significance for some, our waist beads are not created with any spiritual or cultural practice that involves rituals such as cleansing, saging, or 'fortifying.' As a Christian-owned and operated company, these practices do not align with our beliefs.

However, we respect the beliefs and practices of our customers, and we understand that some may choose to incorporate such practices into their use of waist beads. Therefore, the wearer may choose to perform any rituals or practices that align with their personal beliefs and values on their own beads. We encourage wearers to set their own intentions for their waist bead practice, whether it be for adornment, weight management, or any other purpose.

At Stacked By Jaye, we offer waist beads as a form of body decoration and encourage our customers to wear them as a way to express their unique style and beauty. We believe that waist beads can be a meaningful and beautiful addition to one's attire, regardless of any cultural or spiritual significance

About Us

Stacked By Jaye is a lifestyle brand sharing culture, connection, and confidence with the world. Our creator and visionary, Jaye Collins, began making waist beads In an industry that often caters to one ideal body type, we want to empower women of all sizes to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. True to our mantra, "waist beads are made for the woman and not the woman for waist beads", we are happy to provide inclusive sizing so that all may enjoy the beauty and significance of this treasured practice.

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