5 Reasons Why Women Wear Waist Beads

Reasons Why Women Wear Waist Beads
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5 Reasons Why Women Wear Waist Beads

Waist beads are a traditional African fashion accessory that is usually made of small beads on a string and worn around the waist. They usually come in different colors, shapes, and sizes and they do not stretch.

Reasons Why Women Wear Waist Beads

Below are the uses of waists beads

Weight Watch

They are commonly used to gauge changes in weight. Rather than step on a scale, people can use waist beads to stay aware of any weight gain or loss in the abdomen Normally, the beads will sit on your hips but once it starts climbing up and resting on your stomach, you’ll know you’ve added some weight and it is time to watch what you eat.

Heritage And Pride

Most black women abroad buy the waist beads to show off their heritage as Africans. Most of them wear it to connect to their ancestors who were sold into slavery.

The beads are used as a reminder that their heritage is not far away and they also use it to celebrate their culture.

Rites of Passage

In some African cultures, waist beads are worn to show maturity and growth.

In some places, when a girl has seen her first period, she is usually worn a waist bead as a ceremonial rite of passage into womanhood.


Most men get sexually aroused when they see a woman with a waist bead on. In Traditional African Society, when a woman reached the ripe age for courting, they would wear specific waist beads that produce a certain sound in that the ladies walked past a group of men, they would notice them, not just by how sensual the waist beads made them look but by also the sound they made. In the current society, women wear them for sensuality. They claim that their men perform better in bed, thanks to that tiny ornament.


With the current fashion sense being so revolutionary, fashion houses all over the world have incorporated waist beads into their statements. You get to see models rock them during major runways during fashion events.

With all these said, wearing waist beads is still being frowned upon by some people who see it like charms and a tool to enslave men and make them part with their hard-earned money.


Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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  1. I’ve never heard them give out any sound🧐

    1. I think Maasai girls have some that produce sounds.

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