There are not many people here in Australia that know what "eyebrow threading" is about ..... I didn't know much about it either until we went to live in Singapore.
I then became hooked.
Threading is an ancient method of hair removal originating in the Eastern world. In more recent times it has gained popularity in Western countries.
Practitioners use a thin, twisted cotton thread which is rolled over usually untidy hairlines, moustaches and other areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line. Because a large area of hair is removed at once, it could be painful, though a Guardian columnist has declared that when done professionally "with a cat's cradle of fine thread" it can be quick and painless.
Some people find it painful, but in all honesty I have never had any pain whatsoever, and it is a lot quicker, easier and less painful than plucking or waxing of eyebrows!
Threading has long been popular in many Arab countries, and was well known from Indian and Persian culture. The Arabic word for threading is 'Khite'; in Egypt it is also called 'Fatlah'.
Threading the entire face is widely practised amongst Iranians, but it was originally only done when a woman was getting married or for special occasions. In ancient Persia, threading was a sign that a girl had reached adulthood and become a woman.
Here is a YouTube clip for you to see what eyebrow threading is about!
I read this article recently on Buzzle :
Eyebrow Threading Vs. Waxing
Grooming eyebrows by removing stray hair gives a distinguishing shape to the brows and enhances the beauty of your eyes. It is important as to which method you choose to get this done, as threading and waxing both are quite popular, yet both come with their respective baggage of pros and cons.
Removing unwanted facial hair and grooming the shape of eyebrows is something that most women have to go through. There are many ways by which one can remove unwanted facial hair. Of these, threading and waxing are the most popular. Both these methods comes with pros and cons and also the pain factor. Knowing the differences between both these methods will definitely help you choose the better one for yourself.
Difference between Eyebrow Threading and Waxing
Eyebrow threading is an ancient depilation technique which originated in India. The method involves twisting pure cotton threads for plucking the hair. The hair is removed in a clean line and it is a much quicker and easier way of hair removal. The process of waxing eyebrows involve the use of soft plastic waxing strips which have wax on one side. The wax is applied underneath and over the eyebrow following the desired shape. A slight pressure is applied to allow the wax to stick to all the hair around and then with a firm tug the hair is removed.
Threading is quick, takes about 5 to 8 minutes, while waxing can take almost 20 minutes or more.
Hair grows slower after threading, while small hair growth can be observed within couple of days or a week in waxing.
Threading may hurt for the initial couple of days, especially just below the brow line, but later you may not realize it. Waxing may hurt each time at the entire area below and above the brows as the wax strips are pulled off.
Solely pure cotton thread is used, which suits all skin types and gives the perfect shape to your brow. You will have to choose among thin wax strips cut into brow shapes in the middle that will suit yours, for waxing. You may still not get that perfect shape and tweaks may have to be used to remove the small hair, which may leave you with more pain due to the irritation already caused to the skin.
Threading is a cheaper option, which is about $5. while waxing is comparatively expensive, about $25.
Threading is a safer option as it has little or no contact with the skin. Even if your skin becomes pink due to pulling, it goes away within an hour. With waxing, there are risks like burning of the skin, skin peeling off along with the wax, pulling of the skin, early wrinkles near brows, or redness that stays and irritates for a long time. Moreover, wax contains resins and preservatives, artificial fragrances and ingredients that do not go well with all skin types.
The differences show that threading is overall a better option that you can go ahead with, to spell neatness and beauty for your brows. However, waxing done by a qualified beautician will give you excellent results with little or almost no pain. Whatever method you choose, it is best to get it done by an experienced professional as wrong usage of any of the above methods can lead to uneven brows, hair breakage, ingrown hair and a whole lot unnecessary pain.
On our return to Australia recently, I tried looking for any salon close by that practiced this procedure without much luck. There are a couple in the city area, but was looking for one closer to where I am in Regional Victoria.
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