Having the perfect eyebrows is essential for the perfected look. Eyebrows are considered to be the best way to read someone’s emotions, so there is no harm in putting in extra effort to make them look good. Eyebrow threading is one of the oldest forms of hair removal and has been used in countries like Egypt, Turkey, and India for centuries. It is often referred to as the “ancient art of hair removal”. In some more traditional salons, you may hear people referring to eyebrow threading as “khite” or “fatlah” which are both Arabic terms.
What is eyebrow threading?
As mentioned above, eyebrow threading is an ancient form of hair removal. It is most commonly used to shape the eyebrows, but it can also be used on other areas of the body such as the upper lip, the neck, the toes, and the stomach. It is one of the quickest and safest forms of hair removal.
How does eyebrow threading work?
Threading is a simple cosmetic technique where two pieces of cotton thread are twisted between the thumb and index finger. The threads are then placed appropriately on the hairs, and pulled to pluck them out. While the process is quite simple, it can be difficult to use unless professionally trained. Here is what you can expect when you go for a threading appointment:
- High quality thread will be used and tied together to make a loop
- The thread will be wound around the professional’s hands
- The threads will then be used to lasso the individual hairs and pull them straight out of the follicles.
What are the benefits of threading?
- Threading is eco-friendly and uses no toxic chemicals
- Threading is an inexpensive hair removal option
- Threading pulls the hairs from the root, and therefore is considered to be a longer lasting form of hair removal
- Threading is safe and quick – an entire session only takes about 15 minutes
- Threading pulls multiple hairs at a time and is therefore quicker than tweezing
- Threading allows for precise shaping
What are the risks of threading?
The risks of threading are very slight and unlikely. Here are some potential risks:
- Threading can be painful
- Plucking can lead to bacterial infections
- Threading can lead to changes in skin pigmentation
- Skin can become irritated and puffy following treatment
Who can use eyebrow threading as an option?
Threading is safe for almost everyone. With that being said, it may not be the best hair removal option for those with sensitive skin. It should also not be used by those with acne.
What are eyebrow threading machines?
Eyebrow threading machines and kits are available for at home use. With that being said, such machines are not highly recommended by professionals. Threading is a complex process that requires a great deal of practice. Threading machines do not facilitate the individual plucking of hair, which can lead to shaping difficulties. Until further advances are made in the area, threading should be conducted by a trained and experienced professional.
Other things you should know about eyebrow threading:
- Eyebrow threading will be painful, especially for your first time. Threading lotions are available to help minimize discomfort
- Sneezing and eye watering is common during a threading session.
- You should decide your eyebrow shape before you begin threading
- Hold your eyelids tight to help reduce pain associated with threading
- Scissoring can be used after threading to help make your brows fluffier
Who can do eyebrow threading?
Eyebrow threading should be performed by a trained professional. It is a procedure which requires specialized training. Different techniques are taught in different countries, and depending on where your practitioners were trained each may use slightly different methods.