Threading at Bridgwater House Hair and Beauty Bath

Welcome to my complete guide to hair threading. Perfect eyebrows form an important component of a beautiful face – the most coveted eyebrow shape is beginning directly above the inner corner of the eye, peaking at its highest point above the outer corner of the iris before tapering off to the end in a rounded/pointed bow shape.

What is hair threading?

Threading is an ancient method of hair removal used to give clean lines and good shape to the eyebrows and hairs on the face.

Threading involves rolling twisted pure cotton threads over untidy hairlines to pluck hair. The threading pulls out a whole row of hair which contrasts to the tweezing of individual hairs.

Where did threading come from?

Threading is thought to originate from Turkey and was traditionally used on the entire face such as the chin, eyebrows, chin, sideburns and cheeks. However, it is been an ancient art for many countries such as India. In Arabic, hair threading is called khite. In Egypt, hair threading is called fatlah.

What should I expect at my hair threading session?

An eyebrow threading session usually takes between 10 to 15 minutes. A standard hair threading session will usually involve the following steps.

At the start of your threading session, your therapist will begin with approximately 2 feet of cotton sewing thread.

  • Your therapist will then take one end of the thread in each hand and knot them together to create one continuous circle. She will wind the thread several times until it resembles a bow tie and then slide the wound portion to each end of the thread until the thread is ready.
  • Once the thread is prepared, your therapist will hold the ends of a thread in her mouth. With her hands, she will make the thread taut and wind the strands around the hair is then twisted and pulled out of the follicles by the root.
  • In the usual eyebrow threading session, threading starts at the unwanted hair in the middle of the eyebrows before removing growth from the top and bottom of the eye brow. Where the eyebrow arch is very high, fewer hairs from the upper section are removed. However, if the eyebrow arch is low, hair will be removed from under the eye brows.

Before threading

Before your threading session, your therapist will 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.

After threading

Here are some tips after you have your hair threaded:

  • Threading can cause skin irritation. Your therapist will apply soothing lotion after your treatment. Soothing lotion usually contains aloe vera and chamomile. Regular exfoliation day before and 5 days after threading also helps to remove dead skin and helps perfect finish.
  • To avoid skin irritation, immediately after your threading treatment, avoid heat treatments such as saunas, steam rooms, sun and heavy exercise and vigorous exfoliating products (such as AHAs and scrubs and loofas).
  • To keep your eyebrows in place, a little gel can be applied to your eyebrows and brush them using little brushes.

The threading debate

Here are some points to consider when choosing whether or not to have your hair threaded instead of waxed or plucked.

  • The advantage of threading over tweezing is that threading removes a whole straight line of hair. The pulling of hair is smooth and natural, which is less painful compared to waxing.
  • Another advantage of hair threading is that the top layers of skin are not peeled or traumatized. As a result, hair threading does not cause break outs, redness or pigmentation. Therefore, hair threading is recommended for people with sensitive skin. In contrast, waxing can peel or burn the top layer of facial skin, which can lead to skin loosening and wrinkles.
  • As a new thread is used at every treatment, hair threading is a hygienic procedure.
  • Threading, like plucking or waxing, can cause slight skin irritation However, regular threading treatments re-grows finer and sparse hair leading to reduced skin irritation.

Choosing the right beauty salon

Although threading may seem quite simple, this hair removal technique takes a certain amount of skill to ensure hairs are not ripped off. Threading gives best results when performed by a skilled beauty therapist who knows exactly how you want them.
You should take care in choosing the right beauty salon for your threading session. A bad experience may discourage you from threading your hair in the future and cause you problems from skin infections and ingrown hairs. Ensure that your therapist is fully trained in hair threading by asking whether she has completed accredited threading courses.
It is best to choose a beauty salon from a word of mouth recommendation or a salon with a good reputation. This will ensure that your therapist uses quality materials for your thread. Good beauty salons use 100% cotton threads, which reduces skin trauma and redness.
Before, during and after your hair threading session, ask your therapist questions to see how she addresses your queries. Good salons ensure that you are completely at ease during the treatment. Any desired shape, length and thickness can be given.

How much does threading cost?

On average, threading costs £8.50-£10 for the eyebrows. Though it varies from area to area. Threading is therefore a relatively inexpensive hair removal method and you generally get what you pay for. Costs also vary for larger areas.

How long does threading last?

Hair threading usually lasts 2-3 weeks. As threading does not peel or traumatize the top layer of skin. Hair threading also does not cause break outs, redness or pigmentation. As a result, it is possible to have your hair thread as often as every week, depending on your need. It is better than waxing where you may have to wait 4-6 weeks for your hair to grow back