Centuries before these spas and high-end beauty salons offered laser hair removal services, women from ancient Egyptian and Indian civilizations were keeping their brow and facial hair in control with a simple method call threading.
Threading basically involves pulling out the entire hair follicle by trapping hair in a tiny lasso and then pulling it out in a twisting movement. This gesture actually takes out the entire hair follicle, so effects last for as long as 6 weeks.
Thinking of trying threading? Here are the pros and cons to help you decide if it’s the best hair removal procedure for you.
Benefits of hair threading
Hair threading is a very sanitary and hygienic procedure because 1) each thread is thrown away after it’s used, and 2) only the thread touches the skin, so there’s no danger of passing on bacteria or dirt that can cause breakouts, and 3) it does not use chemicals, medicines, or any ingredients that could irritate sensitive skin.
Threading is also particularly effective at maintaining eyebrows, since the results are more even and natural-looking than what you’d get by waxing or tweezing. And wow, is it fast—in one fast twist you can get rid of unwanted hair. The entire procedure may even take less than two minutes for both eyebrows.
The effects are known to last 6 weeks, but if you do threading regularly the hair follicle will eventually stop producing hair at all—so results are permanent.
Disadvantages of threading hair
You need to have this procedure done by someone who’s experienced and skilled, since improper threading can cause hair to break. And, it only works on facial hair. Our advice is to go to a reputable salon, where the people are really trained, and won’t be practicing their amateurish skills on your brows!
Threading also leaves very little room for error. If someone yanks out more eyebrow hair than you really want, then you’re stuck with that look for at least 6 weeks. Once again, go to an expert.
And, of course, threading will hurt, but most hair removal procedures do. It is also not something you’d do at home, so there’s some cost involved—compared to plucking, which only requires a tweezer, a pencil, and this simple guide to shaping your eyebrows.
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