Grooming your brows is an art form. And while some of us may be blessed with envy-worthy arches, the rest of us mere mortals need to up our game if we’re aiming for eyebrow perfection—and that starts with hair removal. Sure you’ve got tweezing and waxing, but there’s also another method of getting rid of unwanted hair that deserves attention: threading. Below, we break down everything there is to know before scheduling your first eyebrow threading appointment at The Laser Beautique.
What is hair threading?
Hair threading is an ancient method of hair removal that originated in Southeastern Asia and is still popular today. It’s been around for centuries and is a way of shaping eyebrows using a cotton thread. How does threading work? It involves pulling a cotton thread along unwanted hair in a twisting motion, trapping hair in a mini lasso, and lifting it up and out of the follicle.
You probably wondering why we refer to brow threading, this is because threading is an ideal hair removal technique for brows because it is natural and precise and allows the technician to easily get straight lines. Although threading is popular for brows, it can be performed on all small areas like the upper lip, and sides of the face, chin etc. Keep in mind that this isn’t a hair removal method that you should do yourself. It is a skill and is difficult to do correctly at home without really good practice. It is an art, best performed by professional technicians. Brow threading is a great treatment for anyone who doesn’t want to commit to a particular brow shape, permanently. If you know that you will always want an arch or know that you will never want to grow your brows bushy, electrolysis for permanent brow design or shaping could be you answer.
Benefits of threading
- Long-lasting results
- Can be done on very short hair
- It’s extremely sanitary. Nothing but the thread touches the skin, and it’s thrown away after use.
- Great for people with ‘trouble’ brows. Threading has this amazing ability to be so precise in getting each hair it’s after. It has a cult following from those who say that other shaping methods, like tweezing, waxing, or sugaring, could not make their brows look even.
- No chemicals are applied on the skin. Many have allergies and skin sensitivities, which make it a gamble anytime they put product on their skin.
- With a string, there are no chemicals or products used, and it can prevent a lot of unnecessary irritation. (Sometimes the tech will cleanse skin or apply powder before removing hair, so please alert them of any allergies.)
- It’s very fast. Although every technician is different, it takes the person two minutes
Temporary results can turn into permanent. Over time, frequent threading can cause the hair follicle to become damaged and stop growing hair.
There are quite a few noteworthy benefits to threading, especially when compared to other popular hair removal methods like waxing and sugaring. One of the biggest perks is how long the results from threading can last—up to six weeks, to be exact. This is because threading removes hair from the follicle where with waxing and sugaring a good percentage of the hair breaks.
Tip: Exfoliate the brow area a day or two in advance so any ingrown hairs or dead skin can be removed.
Threading is often compared to waxing, since it was one of the only mainstream hair removal methods for quite some time. Since nothing but the thread touches the skin and every thread is thrown away after use, it is extremely sanitary. There’s no need to worry about double-dipping like with waxing. People ask us why one would pick threading over waxing, tweezing, or sugaring? The benefits of eyebrow threading is that we can be very precise without damaging the skin.
Like other hair removal methods, some growth is needed—but only about 1/16 of an inch as opposed to sugaring which requires 1/8-1/4 inch or waxing which needs at least a 1/2 inch. Threading can get hairs that are much smaller than with wax, sometimes even from just under the skin as it gently pushes on the skin to help catch the hair. This means your brows stay more groomed for longer.
It’s also an ideal hair removal method for those with dry and sensitive skin. People with sensitive or very dry skin (most of us!) prefer threading hair removal over waxing as the heat and wax can aggravate the sensitive skin around the eye area, causing rashes and redness and removing an excess of skin cells.
One of the great things about threading is that there’s really no prep work involved aside from letting your brow hairs grow. It’s a clean simple process that takes only around 10 to 15. Just know that if it is the first time you’re doing it, you may feel uncomfortable. Its is not a pain-free experience. We are after-all removing hair.
As far as the actual threading process goes, it should be pretty fast and simple. Expect for the treatment to be there around 15 to 20 minutes. The technician will have you hold the skin around your brows taunt as she threads. After the threading is complete, she may trim your brows (preference of the client). Some aloe vera gel is applied or an aloe vera based lotion to finish. Then you are good to go!
Generally, there are no side effects with threading. It is extremely rare when someone breaks out into bumps. That said, over time, frequent threading can cause the hair follicle to become damaged and stop growing hair (although, some might consider that an upside). If done incorrectly, the hairs could also break, which can lead to unevenness and ingrown hairs.
#1 post-threading rule is to avoid touching your brows after threading, it is best to apply aloe vera gel or anything that can bring down any slight redness you may have, though the redness from threading is usually from stimulation of the area like a massage, rather than excess skin cell removal. redness goes down in a few minutes after the threading.
Threading is a great hair removal option for those who want to steer clear of the discomfort caused by waxing. Since the process involves removing hair from the follicle, the results can last for up to six weeks. It’s a quick and efficient way to get precisely-shaped brows, whatever look you prefer.
|Full Face (excl. Brows)
|Brows (Basic Shape)
|Brows & Lip
|Lip, Chin and Brow
|Sideburns, Jawline & Neck
Threading uses knotted thread to swiftly grab and pull hair by the root from the eyebrows, upper lip, chin and sideburns. Unlike waxing, threading can isolate and extract individual hairs.
You may feel a pinching or light scraping sensation. Most our clients agree that it’s no more uncomfortable than tweezing or waxing.
The upper lip takes just a few minutes, and a simple eyebrow threading takes 5-10 minutes. A full-face threading session lasts for 20-30 minutes.
All areas of the face—eyebrows, lip, chin, sideburns—can be threaded. In addition threading can be used to remove hair from the back of the hands, fingers, top of the feet and toes.
Threading is more precise because individual hairs, even fine hair, can be targeted and removed. Threading can be done as soon as hair grows just above the skin, whereas waxing requires the hair be at least 1/4” long. Unlike waxing, threading doesn’t pull at the skin during the hair removal process which can cause irritation.
Depending on your hair type and area of the face that was threaded, full regrowth can be anywhere from two to eight weeks.
No. After repeated threading, the hair actually tends to weaken and grow back finer.
The thread must be pulled taut in order to accurately and precisely remove each hair, however, the thread that touches the aesthetician’s mouth never touches your face. Each piece of thread comes from a clean spool and aestheticians use several fresh pieces during the session.
Yes. Depending on your sensitivity level, you may experience redness or minor bumps at the site that should subside in 10-15 minutes. In rare cases, the area may remain red for an hour or two. We recommend declining the lotion or aloe gel aestheticians usually apply after a session and refrain from using other facial products until the area feels less sensitive.
Yes! Before you begin, let your aesthetician know how you want your brows shaped and how thick or thin you’d like them. Before leaving the chair, check your brows to be sure you’re happy with the results. Your aesthetician will be happy to make any adjustments you’d like.
Absolutely, but we’ll need to create a thinner brow to achieve the arch. If you want thicker eyebrows shaped to your natural contours, we don’t recommend the arched look.
Although hair can be threaded as soon as it grows just above the surface of the skin, we recommend waiting for about two weeks if you want a new or different shape to your brows. In the meantime, don’t tweeze your brows, even for a touch up.
Check with your doctor to inquire how long you should wait to resume threading.