Monday, June 7, 2021

Eyebrow Threading

When I first heard the term eyebrow threading, I imagined someone sewing loops of dark hair through the eyebrows to make them look better but it refers to a method of hair removal.  The technique is the primary method used to shape eyebrows in Asia where it originated. The process requires the technician to roll a twisted cotton over hairs above and below the eyebrow which yanks the hairs out by the follicle. 

Although it sounds painful, the level of pain depends on the individual. Some people hold on to the chair with tight fists while others just ignore it.  Most people experience it as an unusual feeling but not one that hurts. What it does is to allow the technician to be precise and only remove the hairs that are outside the desired brow shape. Due to it's nature, one can remove a line of hairs one row at a time.

Furthermore, threading can remove regular eyebrow hair or peach fuzz and it is very sanitary because each and every thread is thrown away after it is used once. One advantage to using this method of hair removal is that the replacement hairs all grow in at the same time.  Some people pluck incoming hairs after a couple of weeks but it is recommended that the process be repeated every four to five weeks to reshape the eyebrows.  As far as cost goes, it costs about the same as eyebrow waxing.

Furthermore, this method is considered the gentlest because only the hair is removed.  There is no skin involved, no pulling, no straining, no chemicals, just the thread.  Threading is considered to be a better choice for those with acne or sensitive skin.  However, the thread rubs against the skin so it might cause a small amount of redness due to friction but a small application of aloe vera gel or tee tree gel takes care of the problem.  The whole process takes between 10 and 15 minutes.

This method is not recommended for any other part of the body since it takes too long and most other hair is thicker and tougher than eyebrow hair.  Due to the closeness of the cotton thread, it might mess up your makeup so you might skip it when you get this done. This is a method that should be done by a professional because it is difficult to do it yourself. 

When you go in for your first consultation, the practitioner should look at the shape of your face, do a brow mapping to determine the best shape for your eyebrows. Then when the technician is carrying out the eyebrow threading, the skin around your brows should be held taught.  If the job is not properly, the hairs can break, which leads to unevenness and possibly result in ingrown hairs.  Furthermore, if the eyebrow threading is done too often, the follicles can be damaged and the hair stops growing.

The cost ranges from $10 to $70 depending on where it is done.  So it doesn't cost a lot and takes less than a quarter of an hour.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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