I hate tweezing (plucking) my eyebrows. To me, it’s one of the most tedious beauty routines, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! I don’t like having my brows done at a salon because I’m a wimp and never trust anyone to understand my pain threshold. But, having said that, I’ve had a growing interest in eyebrow threading, so I decided to find out about it. Here’s what I learned.
Even though the trend of threading eyebrows is on a slow move in the West, it's been one of the most frequently used hair removal techniques in the Eastern world for centuries. Some people say threading originated in Turkey, others say the Chinese introduced it to the world. Another theory suggests threading is the Indian way of removing facial hair because they started doing it 6,000 years ago.
All you need is a piece of thread and you're good to go. It is a polyester or cotton string usually twisted into a mini lasso shape. Your aesthetician holds one end of the thread and quickly rolls the other end over your eyebrows to pick up unwanted hair.
Provided your aesthetician is trained in threading, you won't feel any pain. It's not nearly as painful as waxing. You just feel as if someone's lightly pulling on your eyebrows (apparently).
Threading is not as harsh on your skin as waxing, which makes threading a more suitable choice for people with sensitive skin. Waxing removes the upper layer of your skin that irritates your skin.
Eyebrow threading is a super-quick procedure. It is even faster than plucking. That's mainly because threading doesn't require prepping of the skin and removes one line of hair at once. An experienced aesthetician can finish the task in less than two minutes. Once done properly, you won't have to go back for an eyebrow procedure for 3-4 weeks.
You might aggravate your acne problem if you opt for waxing. Threading is the better choice. Depilatory creams, waxing, and even tweezing can make your skin raw, red, and inflamed. No such issue will arise when you choose an experienced aesthetician for threading.
Unlike waxing where you feel like you cannot control the situation, threading allows you to see what your aesthetician is doing. You will also be aware of the situation because you will have to pull down on your brows to keep your skin tight throughout the process. It won't be painful but provides you with enough control to tell your aesthetician what you really want.
You won't get good results from threading if you’ve tweezed or waxed your eyebrows in the last couple of weeks. Your hair needs to be up to 1/16th of an inch long to be threaded properly. Let your hair grow a bit before you go for eyebrow threading.
Eyebrow threading is generally a safe and effective way of removing unwanted hair and shaping your eyebrows nicely. Just make sure to work with an experienced aesthetician because an inexperienced stylist may end up breaking your hair follicles. An inexperienced person may also leave weird gaps in your eyebrows, which cannot be corrected until your hair grows back again.
I’m still not sure if I’m ready to try. Would love to hear from you if you’ve been there and done that!
Are your eyebrows “on fleek”? How do you keep them neat?
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