What is Eyebrow Threading?

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Eyebrow threading is a technique of hair removal that goes way back to ancient times, originating in India.  The procedure involves a single cotton thread twisted in a certain way that removes multiple hairs out from the root simultaneously. It is the best option for those with sensitive skin as an alternative to waxing as can be too harsh for certain skin types. Threading is recommended by dermatologists as a hair removal option for those on specific medications which make their skin extra sensitive to irritation. Threading has less of an effect on the skin as it barely touches the skin at all.

Threading is most often performed in salons by trained professionals but at the present day we are lucky to have useful devices that assist us in achieving basically anything we want from the comfort and privacy of our own home and this does not exclude the threading hair removal method. Threading hair removal tools are affordable and make it very straightforward to carry out threading from home meaning there is no need to visit a beauty salon as you can easily do the job from home and get just as good results! After a couple of times using the threading tool, you’ll have it mastered, and soon enough you’ll probably be threading for all your friends family! There is also the option of threading without a threading tool which requires nothing but a single cotton or silk thread and plenty of time and patience to practice. There are tons of DIY tutorial videos all over YouTube.

Eyebrow Threading Before & After

Preparing yourself for Eyebrow Threading includes the following:

  • Threading can be performed from home using an at home threading tool, either electric or manual but due to the fact that the hairs don’t need to be of a certain length in order to be threaded, it’s easy to get carried away and simply thread your face whenever you’re bored or have a spare moment. This makes it essential to schedule your threading sessions so that you don’t thread too often as threading too often can, in fact, cause irritated skin.
  • Do not exfoliate the skin the day you plan to thread your brows, as the skin will be more sensitive therefore the chance of an irritation is more likely to occur.
  • Be sure to remove all makeup before the threading procedure.
  • Wash your face with ice cold water right before you start threading.
  • You can apply some talcum powder on the area you’ll be threading to absorb moisture making it easier to pick up the hairs.
  • It’s not necessary for your hair to be of a certain length for threading to be performed but each threading session should be in between 2-4 weeks apart.

After Threading:

  • Wash your face with cold water to minimize any skin irritation.
  • Don’t touch your skin as it’ll be extra sensitive and this makes irritation more likely.
  • If an irritation has occurred, you can apply Aloe Vera or rose water which will soothe and cool the area; also an ice cube can act as an excellent soothing agent for after threading too.
  • Don’t apply makeup or lotions to the area until a couple of hours have passed. This will ensure bacteria do not get into the open pores.  When you decide to apply a moisturizer, be sure that it’s free of fragrances and alcohol so that it doesn’t sting or irritate the area.

Does Eyebrow Threading Hurt?

Everyone has a different tolerance to pain; some people say that threading hurts while others say that they just feel a slight tingling. I think it’s better that you are prepared for the worst and if it doesn’t hurt, then that’ll be quite a pleasant surprise. You should expect tingling at the very least and quick bursts of pain as multiple hairs are being removed from the root at once at the very most.  Yes, it does hurt, but the procedure will be over so quickly that you won’t be in pain for very long at all.  You’ll just have to handle the feeling of the hair being removed from the root for a short period of time and then you can enjoy the results for weeks to come. You’ll definitely experience teary eyes in any case.

Eyebrow Threading vs Waxing

When comparing eyebrow threading to waxing, both methods have similarities and differences; you can compare these with the table below. The aftereffects of both methods last up to 4 weeks before it’s necessary to repeat the procedure. Depending on your personal preferences and certain particularities of each method will help you decide which the ideal method is for you.

Threading Waxing

·         It’s cheap.

·         Hair is removed from the root, resulting in hair-free results for up to 4 weeks.

·         Hair grows back finer and sparser over time.

·         Can be performed from home with decent training and practice or if you obtain a specific threading tool that makes threading at home very simple without the need to practice.

·         Completely hygienic.

·         Extremely fast as it grabs a line of hair in one movement (3-5 minutes for eyebrows).

·         Suitable for sensitive skin as there is little to contact with the skin.  It’s even recommended by dermatologists to people who are on certain skin medications which make their skin extremely sensitive such as Accutane or Retin-A.

·         It removes even the finest and shortest hairs.

·         No chemicals that can burn or damage the skin.

·         Provides the sharpest form and precise definition.

·         Mess-free.



·         It’s cheap – especially for brows and upper lip.

·         Hair is removed from the root, resulting in hair-free results for up to 4 weeks.

·         Hair grows back finer and sparser over time.

·         Can be easily performed from home with little-no training or practice.

·         Can remove hair in large areas.



·         Suitable for only small areas.

·         Sensitive skin can experience tenderness.

·         If a proper thread isn’t used, an irritation could occur.

·         It’s painful.

·         A weird tingling sensation due to the friction of the thread on your skin.

·         Lack of experience could cause the hair to be torn instead of being removed from the root.

·         Requires skill and practice to perform carry out the procedure without using a specific threading tool that holds the thread.



·         If performed improperly, it can cause premature wrinkles.

·         With certain medications or skin conditions, waxing is not suitable.

·         Contains chemicals that can be dangerous for your health or cause irritation to the skin. Some of these potentially dangerous components include artificial fragrances, dyes, and resins.

·         The hair needs to be of a certain length in order to be waxed.

·         It’s painful.

·         It can be messy and unhygienic.




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