The art of eyebrow threading is a very old beauty technique. In a nut shell, it involves removing hair with thread. Some say it originated in the Middle East, others think it started in India. Either way, it’s a pretty cool concept, but a little tricky to master.
Tweezing hair leaves your pores open to potentially harmful elements, and using unsanitary tweezers can transfer bacteria to the skin, leading to infection.
Over-tweezing the eyebrows can result in brows that are thin, sparse and unattractive. Follicles are responsible for generating hair growth, and permanent damage to them means the hair may not grow back. Avoid over-plucking by tweezing along your natural brow line and waiting for new hairs to generate before plucking more.
Waxing can peel or burn the top layer of your facial skin. This can cause a lot of damage over time, resulting in premature skin loosening and developing wrinkles. So if you’re tired of clumsily plucking or damaging the fragile skin around your eye with wax, there is an alternative…threading.
Benefits of Threading
Threading is an extremely old skill that involves using only a piece of thread to remove the hair from your eyebrows or elsewhere. While it takes a little practice, all you need to do it is a string!
Some of the greatest benefits of threading is that it’s a great method of hair removal for both women and men, it is less messy, faster and is less traumatizing to the skin than waxing or tweezing. Threading is a chemical free practice that is very hygienic, as a new thread is used every time, and the process does not cause breakouts, excessive redness or pigmentation.
Threading even helps slow down hair re-growth, because performing it consistently causes the hair follicle to weaken and become less dense. Eventually there is less or no hair growth and it is an excellent choice for achieving that perfect, classic eyebrow shape. It creates a more natural finish and allows you to move with more speed. If you’re looking to add an arch or let your brows grow wild for a bit, threading can be a fast way to amp up your shape.
How To Thread Your Eyebrows
All you really need for this is a piece of thread, but you may wish to draw in your desired shape with an eyebrow pencil or numb the area with some ice or cold water.
Cut your string and tie the ends together so they form a loop. Snip off any extra thread beyond the knot. Hold the section of the thread with the knot in one hand, and hold the opposite section with your other hand.
Twist the hand without the knot five or six times, while holding the other section of the thread tightly (this is to avoid getting the knot in the middle of the thread). You should have an infinity or hourglass shape. Then, practice your opening and closing technique or scissor motion by opening one hand, while closing the other at the same time. The twisted thread in the middle is what will remove the hair.
How to Thread Eyebrows Hold your hands so your fingers are facing away from your face, and position them over one eyebrow. Place the triangle of the thread, so that the hair you want to pluck is within the thread. Thread against the direction the hair grows, so you should move the point of the triangle opposite the direction the hair grows.
Close the hand controlling the triangle around the hair, as you open the other hand. Make sure the thread is still touching the skin, and quickly make the opposite motion (scissors) to pull the hair out. It takes a little practice, but it will be worth it.