Eyebrow Threading What Is All The Hype?
Many of us ladies (and men) have tried lots of techniques to get that perfect brow shape! well I know I have! I’ve waxed, bleached (yep!) and plucked! And they all hurt but have never given me that clean, exact precise arch that I had always desired.
That’s until I discovered threading. My bestie who is Turkish has the most amazing eyebrows (as they do) and I envied her for so long. So one day I said “Take me to this Eyebrow Goddess you tell me about and I’ll let her have her way with my brows!” I couldn’t quite grasp the idea that the shape was created by using a piece of string < amazing!
I went along to a local eyebrow threader she got me to I lay down on the massage table, my head on a pillow and the experience began. She got her brush out and brushed my unruly brows then began cutting them, WHAT? Scissors! You’ve got to be kidding me. Anyway I took a breath and let her do her thing!. Next the cotton thread…..a little tweezing and Bam! 15 minutes later I was looking at what I had desired for many years. Perfectly shaped brows, with that precise arch that I had only dreamed of. It didn’t hurt nowhere near as much as waxing I must say, although some people think it is more painful.
So it got me wondering where threading originated, and it turns out that the exact origins of the technique are unknown, it has been used in Eastern countries for centuries, however many believe it originated in the Middle East and South Asia, and then spread to far Eastern countries. All that is used is a sewing thread. It’s knotted at one end, held between the fingers, twisted in the centre and using the fingers, moved back and forth. Tricky huh?
Anyway, waxing which is the most common form of hair removal, would you believe it used to consist of a homemade sugar and lemon resin, Yep! Sugar, lemon juice, and water are heated to form a syrup. Who would have thought? The syrup is formed into a ball, flattened onto the skin, and then quickly stripped away, removing the hair from the root! Ouch!
The removal of body hair by Western women became more common when bathing suits came about, starting in the 1940’s. Hair removal has been considered, in some cultures as proper hygiene required by local customs for many centuries. Given hair removal dates back to 4000 to 3000BC took us Westerners took a while to catch on haha.
So to thread or wax? Well both have their pros and cons.
Reasons people often choose threading over waxing:
* Waxing can burn the skin; leaving blisters and possibly scars.
* Wax residue, or occasionally was removal products, can sometimes cause skin irritations. Given threading requires no products it is less likely that the skin can become inflamed.
* Unlike waxing, threading does not have the possibility of lifting, tearing, or over-exfoliating the skin.
* It is safe for people using strong medications used to treat acne or also for those who have particularly dry skin, or have been sunburnt.
(If any of these apply to you, you should NOT be getting waxed or threaded in the treated/affected areas, and if you are using Accutane, you should not be waxed anywhere, since it's an oral medication).
* Many are convinced that threading is more precise, and can achieve a better shape.
* Redness is not as prominent after threading oppose to waxing.
Reasons people stick with waxing:
* Threading takes longer than waxing. Not by much, but because the hairs are removed more gradually some say it hurts more than waxing.
* Rolling the thread against the skin does create friction, and occasionally with slack skin, pinching can occur. Both of these can add to the discomfort level. Therapists will get you to hold the skin prior to removing the hair.
* Just like when you take time to tweeze your eyebrows at home, your eyes may water.
The main point here, no matter what technique you prefer, ALWAYS make sure that the beauty therapist doing any form of hair removal is qualified and experienced, the premises is clean and professional, all instruments are sterilised and have not been previously used and most of all you’re comfortable with your therapist.
So, there it is to thread or to wax? Personally, it’s threading hands down for me.
Tell us what your preferred eyebrow removal method is and your experiences have been?