Eyebrow Threading


I like many women, love nicely shaped eyebrows. For the last month or so, however, I’ve not been able to get mine done, and my eyebrows have looked a right mess! My favourite method is threading and I’ve been blessed with having possibly one of the most skilled ‘threaders’. Meena really knows her way around eyebrows with that piece of cotton tightly tucked between her teeth! Sadly, since before Christmas, I’ve watched her descend into a very weird place, withdrawing into herself and avoiding her customers including ahem ahem…. me, one of her personal favourites!

But seriously, jokes aside; we do seem to have a connection and I know for a fact she appreciates my custom. On that basis, I think I can safely say we’re a little more than just service provider and customer. But, even I was shunted to the back burner, as my favourite beautician did all she could to avoid all contact. Today though, I was able to ambush her and get her to do my eyebrows, and I love them! The thing I like about Meena is that she really listens and does exactly what I like. I like mine a little thicker than average, and absolutely hate the thin look. Because they hadn’t been done in forever, I ended up with exactly the look I really like. This inspired me to write a little on eyebrow threading.

These days women are seriously spoilt for choice in terms of different methods of keeping their eyebrows nicely groomed. Besides threading, there’s waxing and tweezing. Those who can afford it, even opt for electrolysis for a more permanent solution. In Botswana, I’ve even heard of women using the good old razor! But my favourite option remains threading. –and many more women are following suit and choosing threading over other methods, and with good reason! Beauty salons across the world have also jumped on the bandwagon, and wherever you go in the world, there’s always a place where you can get your ‘brows threaded.

So What Is Eyebrow Threading?

Threading is an ancient technique that originates from the Middle East and Asia. The technician twists together pieces of cotton usually held between their teeth and fingers and moves at lightening speed to pull out the hairs trapped between them. Quite a task! For those concerned about hygiene, I’ve heard that in some parts of America, the cotton is looped around the neck instead. This I’ve never seen! Through this method, the technician is able to pull out several hairs at once. The resulting look is a clean, defined edge, as hair is pulled clean out from the follicle.

What Are The Benefits?

  • Completely natural
  • For those who use retinoids like Retin A, threading is safer than waxing as the latter can lead to skin darkening. Also, retinoids are known to thin skin, and with waxing, flesh can easily be torn!
  • It takes some getting used to when you first get it done, but once you get used to it, it’s less painful than tweezing and waxing
  • It’s usually cheaper than other methods like waxing
  • Slower re-growth; lasts anything between 2-4 weeks
  • Produces less irritation and redness
  • Hair doesn’t grow back thicker and darker
  • Doesn’t lead to ingrown hair
  • Can pick up and pull out the finest and shortest of hairs
  • Very precise and accurate, giving a ‘clean’ shape 

Now For The Disadvantage

Some people may think threading sounds too good to be true, and will want to know its drawbacks. I can honestly say that I don’t know of any. Ever since I first had it done many years ago, I’ve never looked back once. But a friend of mine will probably disagree. I took her to a beauty salon once to have hers done, as she liked mine so much. Much to the amusement of the other women at the salon, my friend unashamedly and dramatically howled the whole place down, claiming it was the most excruciating pain she’d ever experienced! Afterwards, she admitted she looked fabulous, but swore off it because of the ‘sheer pain’! So I guess you’d have to try it yourself to really gauge it.

Have you tried eyebrow threading? What are your thoughts on it? If you prefer a different method, what is it?

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