Waist beads can be worn as one or multiple strands. Strands are made of glass beads, on cotton thread. These beads can be worn around your waist or hips. Waist beads are an African tradition, and are worn for many reasons, and at many ages. They can be worn to express your femininity, boost your self esteem, or just because they are pretty. They can also be worn to help you along your weight loss/ fitness and health journey.