Achieving perfect brows seems now more relevant than ever when wearing a mask, and all you can see from someone else is the eyes, eyebrows, and forehead. You, like many of us, are probably giving particular attention to eyebrows these days, and if eyebrow threading has crossed your mind, then you are in the right place.
Pull off brows that feel and look stunning isn’t always as easy as it seems, especially with all the different eyebrow-shaping options out there. But threading continues to reign as a popular choice for waxing and tweezing.
There’s an excellent reason why eyebrow threading stands among your options to remove unwanted hair and give way to the beautiful brows that are hiding somewhere underneath whatever shape you have now; and is because this century-old technique is considered less painful than, let’s say, waxing.
Think of threading as the method that can give you beautiful eyebrows while avoiding losing a layer of your skin in the process. Threading may be most commonly employed for eyebrow shaping; however, you can also thread virtually all facial hair like your upper lip.
So, if you’ve been hesitant about threading, forget about that unibrow and join the threading wagon; it’s worth trying it out whether you need a complete brow makeover or just a tune-up.
There’s a lot more to know about this in-demand hair removal method, so keep reading to make an informed choice and find out everything you need to know and more about eyebrow threading.
Eyebrow Threading Origin
Threading is a popular form of facial hair removal in Eastern countries such as Egypt and India.
But it wasn’t till the 20th century that the more Western double-browed style came into play in the region that threading became relevant. Hair removal and brow-shaping were once a marker of adulthood/marriage for Persian women, and threading continues to be the preferred grooming tactic for the face today. Called that in Arabic-speaking countries, threading is also often seen as equal opportunity for men and women alike.
Due to the precision in the process, it is typically only employed to effectively remove facial hair such as eyebrows or upper lip hair; in other words, it works like magic in smaller areas. So it is not an excellent option to remove hair on arms or legs, as there is too much to remove.
Eyebrow threading techniques
In the world of threading, exists two different techniques: the hand method and the mouth method. Each technique is characterized by where the thread is stabilized during the threading session.
Practitioners use their mouths to hold the thread taut (do not fret—this part of the thread doesn’t touch your skin).
Eyebrow Threading FAQ’s
Eyebrow Threading Explained
If you are new to eyebrow threading, you are in for a treat; the process is quite captivating. As explained by the experts, each hair is removed individually during threading, which allows your brows technician to have more control over the final shape than waxing, in which numerous hairs are ripped in a single swift move.
It may sound like a daunting procedure, but experienced technicians’ hands are super fast, so the whole thing lasts pretty much the same time as an eyebrow wax appointment would do.
In threading, cotton thread is twisted into a rope and is used to grab and yank each hair, pulling it out by the roots. It may be difficult to imagine but think of a lasso, holding the hair as a tweezer would and pulling it as it glides along your brows.
Will it hurt?
As mentioned before the pain, you may experience in threading would be the same as when you utilize a tweezer at home. So even though threading is often described as painless, the truth is it can hurt; however, the pain experienced in threading is a lot less than other hair removal techniques.
If you are a first-timer, then be aware that the first encounter would be the worst; later on, you’ll get accustomed to the sensation. It depends on each person’s own experience with brow maintenance; some say they don’t feel anything at all.
If you tend to be on the sensitive side, you may ask your technician to do a test on the back of your hand so you can get a feel of what it is like.
Now what happens after, the discomfort felt during threading disappears following your treatment, or at least it should. Some people have said to be a bit sensitive for a day or two. Experts also recommend not to touch the brow area for at least 24 hours.
Benefits of brow threading
Perhaps the most significant benefit would be gorg and perfectly shaped brows; this is because your technician gives attention to each hair, so it is considered one of the most effective methods to provide you with the brow shape you’ve been dreaming of about.
Experts say that with threading is easy to get symmetry for both brows, ensuring a perfect shape.
Threading it’s also fantastic in removing ultra-fine that could otherwise fly under the radar.
The shape of your brown will also last longer because the thread pulls each hair by the roots, so there is a clean finish and, therefore, slower growth.
It is a mess-free process. Threading is an entirely natural process that requires no products whatsoever. Unlike waxing that although is long-lasting, technicians need to apply melted wax to your face.
Best for sensitive skin. Threading is generally safe for sensitive skin; if any redness occurs after treatment, apply a little bit of aloe vera gel to calm the affected area.
Is threading expensive?
This is also another good point for threading since it’s relatively inexpensive. Depending on your budget, you can expect a brow expert to charge anywhere from $10 to $40. Remember, it’s not a one-time cost, so keep in mind you’ll need to pay for several appointments per year.
Are there any negative points to threading?
Threading is viewed as safe for most skin types, and there are nearly zero side effects associated with the procedure. That said, you may want to discontinue if you’ve recently had any invasive or non-invasive facial treatments that have made your skin more sensitive than usual.
How long does brow threading last?
It is different for every person since it depends on hair growth; that said, usually, you’ll be seeing your brow expert every four weeks. So, although it is longer than plucking is not quite as long as waxing.
And a word to the wise, as much as you’d like to tweeze stray hairs, experts advise not to do it between appointments so that you can train your brows to grow at the same time and have a smooth finish when your appointment is up.
Eyebrow threading tutorial
If you are interested in doing your eyebrow threading at home, it’s doable; just be careful to follow the steps. It might be a little tricky to master, but with patience, you’ll get there.
Aloe vera gel/Ice pack
- First, cut a piece of sewing thread, somewhere between 11 and 14 inches, and tie the thread in a knot to make a loop.
- Insert two fingers from both hands into the loop. Make sure to keep the knot on your fingers to keep it hidden.
- Twist the fingers on one hand to make an ‘X.’
- Twist your fingers a few more times in the same direction; 4 twists are accustomed.
- Place your index finger and thumb inside the loop, making sure you don’t lose the shape of the thread, or you’ll have to repeat step 2.
- Keep the fingers of one hand pinched together while you open the fingers of the other hand. This will slide the twisted part of the thread over. This movement is how the line grips the hair and pulls it out.
- Now what professionals do is pull the hair in the opposite direction of the way it grows.
- Place one hand above your brow and the other below. The hand that will be used to move the twisted part of the thread will be the hand below the brows.
- Place the hair you want to pull out in the ‘V’ part of the thread.
- Open fingers on the hand below the brow to move the twist over the hair. The hair gets caught in the twist, and THUS will be pulled out. Do it as fast as you can to avoid pain.
- Open the fingers of the other hand to place the twist back in the middle. Then you can repeat step 4 over again.
- To help remedy the redness on your skin after you thread your brows, apply some aloe vera or an ice pack.
Eyebrow threading tips
- To make it easier to remove hair, you may steam your face or shower in hot water before you thread your eyebrows.
- If you are nervous about the pain, use a drugstore anesthetic cream to numb the area before you start.
- Applying some talc onto the brow area before threading helps with the gripping.
Eyebrow threading shapes
When deciding on how to shape your eyebrows, it is vital to consider the shape of your face. Experts say well-groomed brows are nothing if paired with the wrong face shape. Here we’ll give you a few pointers but asking a professional should be your best option.
Eyebrows for the round-shaped face
Let’s say you were born with a round face, then what your face needs are eyebrows that look sharp to provide balance to your delicate features. For people who have a round face shape, eyebrows with high and sharp arches are flattering.
Eyebrows for the oval-shaped face
If you are blessed with an oval face, it is almost impossible to go wrong while deciding on a style. This is because most eyebrow shapes complement an oval face. If you want to play it safe, maintain medium-thick eyebrows with a soft angle.
Eyebrows for the square-shaped face
With a square-shaped face, you need an eyebrow that adds the illusion of length. This can be achieved by shaping your eyebrows high but have a soft curve and not sharp arches.
Eyebrows for the long shaped face
Long faces should aim to minimize the length of your face. This can be done by having flat brows with a slight curve where the arch is supposed to be.