Unwanted facial hair is a common problem for many women that they don’t want to talk about. There are several methods available to manage this problem, including shaving, waxing, epilators and hair removal creams. There is another method you may not have heard of or considered called threading. This method has ancient origins and is a common procedure in India and other Eastern countries. This method of hair removal is most commonly used as a method to remove unwanted eyebrow hair, but can be performed on other areas of the face as well. This technique as more recently gained popularity in Western culture. Several salons and malls in the U.S. offer this procedure.If you are considering threading hair removal.this is what you need to know.
What is Threading?
Threading is a technique in which a cotton thread is looped , then rolled in a twisting motion across the area where hair removal is desired. The thread catches unwanted hair and pulls it out from the roots.
Threading can be performed on almost all areas of the face, including eyebrows, upper lip, cheeks,sideburns and chin. It is a common practice for technicians to hold one end of the thread in their mouth to keep it tight. This is not considered unsanitary because that part of the thread does not touch your skin and will be thrown away afterwards. This is understandably bothersome to some people. Request that the technician only uses their hands if that is the case with you.
- Threading is similar to tweezing, but is much faster. Several hairs are removed at once.
- For eyebrows. It is easier to achieve a more precise shape because hairs are removed according to the straightness of the thread.
- It is less irritating to the skin compared to waxing and shaving. Threading only removes hairs. Skin layers remain intact. This makes it a better option for those with sensitive skin, acne and other skin conditions.
- Threading can remove finer hairs compared to other methods that pull from the root such as waxing and plucking.
- The chance of having an allergic reaction is decreased because there are no chemicals involved. A cotton thread is the only material used.
- A majority of clients voice that they find this procedure less painful than plucking and waxing. This will vary according to your individual pain tolerance and the skill of the technician. Applying a warm compress to the skin to the skin or use of a numbing cream prior to the procedure will also help to reduce discomfort.
- The hair tends to grow back finer and more sparse after repeated treatments.
- The most undesirable disadvantage is that some regrowth is needed. Approx 1/16 inch of hair is needed for the thread to wrap around it. For eyebrows this may not be a concern, compared to other areas of a women s face. This is still a better than waxing, which generally requires 2/8 inch of regrowth to perform the procedure.
- It is possible for the hairs to break instead of being pulled from the roots if a technician is inexperienced or uses an improper technique. This can result in ingrown hairs and faster regrowth.
- This technique is used to remove facial hair and does not tend to work well in other areas of the body. This is mostly due to the length of time it would take to remove large areas of hair.
How long will this last?
Threading can last anywhere from 2-6 weeks. This will vary depending on your hair type and if you suffer from hormonal hair growth.
Can I do this at home?
There are several You Tube video tutorials showing how to do this procedure at home. There is also a threading hair removal tool available. I think that this would be difficult to perform correctly by yourself, especially around the area of your chin. However, there is very little risk of injury if you want to try. With practice, a friend or relative may be able to do it for you.
Threading can be an effective method of hair removal for your eyebrows and face, especially if you have sensitive skin. It is quick, less painful and less expensive compared to waxing. The results last longer than shaving and hair removal creams.
Have you used threading to remove facial hair or want to try it? Let me know in the comment below.