Threading is gaining popularity for eyebrow shaping.

Threading is a practice that has been around for centuries. It has it's origins in India and was primary used to remove facial hair for women before they married. In the middle East, it is popular with both men and women. Men traditionally use it on their eyebrow and ear hair.

How it works.

Watching a practitioner is like watching art. I am amazed at the speed that they can work. The practitioner holds one end of the cotton thread in his or her teeth and the other in the left hand. The middle is looped through the index and middle fingers of the right hand. The practitioner then uses the loop to trap a series of unwanted hairs and pull them from the skin.

The twisting of the threads can remove a whole line of hair with precision straightness which is why it can be preferred over tweezing. It also removes many hairs at once as opposed to individually which makes the whole process of shaping your eyebrows quicker. People who are sensitive to waxes and chemicals may find this a preferred method of hair removal.

Another benefit is that you can do it more often. With waxing you need to wait a few weeks for some regrowth but threading can be done every week if you prefer and is usually inexpensive. ($10 a treatment on average)

If you don't live in a major urban center you may have a hard time finding a someone who is trained in this area. But if you are one of the lucky ones who does find a practitioner, here are a few tips before you go.

  • Before your threading session, prepare your skin by wiping the area with a cotton ball soaked in astringent. This will produce a cooling effect that numbs the skin causing you to feel less pain.
  • The procedure can cause skin irritation and ingrowth hairs so apply soothing lotion after your treatment. Soothing lotion usually contains aloe vera and chamomile. Regular exfoliation also helps to remove dead skin and avoid ingrown hairs.
  • To avoid skin irritation, avoid immediately after your threading treatment heat sources (such as saunas, steam rooms, sun and heavy exercise) and exfoliating products (such as AHAs and scrubs and loofas).
  • To keep your eyebrows in place, spray a little hair spray on your eyebrows and brush them using little brushes.