Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do waist beads have meaning? What are waist beads used for?

Traditionally the art of adorning oneself with waist beads is an age-old African tradition dating back to the 15th century. Different regions in Africa wear waist beads for various reasons during different stages in one's life.

Waist beads have many uses (weight management/body shaping) and meanings that symbolize femininity, sensuality, fertility, status, healing, protection, rites of passage, intimacy/seduction, etc.

Waist beads being worn for fashion purposes has become increasingly popular in the US.

 

How long is processing and shipping time?

Please allow the following times from order to arrival:

Processing Time: Please allow 3-5 days on all pre-made/ ready-to-ship waist beads and 7 - 10 BUSINESS days on all other products and waist beads

Shipping: Shipping is via USPS, UPS, and DHL and times may vary depending on where in the country you live. Please allow standard USA – 1-3 business days and for Canada – 7-21 business days.

** Holiday times please add an additional 2 days for processing. If you are ordering gifts, make sure to order them 2 weeks in advance.**

 

What is the return policy?

For hygiene purposes, waist beads cannot be returned or exchanged.

Please ensure you have the correct waist measurement at the time of your order as there will be a resizing fee for any change requests due to size and fit.

There will be a $15 resizing fee for all incorrect waist measurements and the customer will responsible for shipping to and from The Waist Vanity.  

Can I shower with my waist beads?

YES. Waist beads can be worn at all times however, over time, some beads may fade in color. As with any material, elastic and cotton strings may weaken over long periods of time.

Are The Waist Vanity beads removable?

Yes. Our waist beads are easily removed by untwisting the barrel clasps (if applicable)

Our traditional tie-on waist beads are not removable once tied. However, all traditional styles can have barrel clasps added to them if you wish.

Our clasps are nickel-free. The claps are called barrel clasps by Bead Landing. The Waist Vanity is not responsible for any allergic reactions.

 

Are The Waist Vanity bead plus size friendly?

Yes. We offer waist beads up to 75 inches.

 

What materials do you use?

Waist Beads at The Waist Vanity are made with colored glass beads, semi-precious gemstones and high-quality elastic and cotton string for long lasting wear. We use a mix of colorful high-quality Czech, glass seed beads, and Japanese glass beads.

 

Can I wear waist beads while pregnant?

Yes! When measured above or comfortably at your belly button, the waist beads will roll up as your baby bump grows.