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 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
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
- As a new thread is used at every treatment, hair threading is a hygienic
- 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