One beauty trend that never goes out of style is well-groomed, neat and tidy brushed out brows. Simply grooming your brows by plucking the extra, stray hair helps in framing your face, softening your features as well as making you appear well-put together. Therefore, having perfectly arched brows is absolutely non-negotiable. And the best and most long-lasting way to ensure that your brows stay groomed is eyebrow threading. It is a safe, quick and tested facial hair removal method, especially prevalent in India, South Asia and quite a few Middle Eastern countries.
But if you are a newbie to this process or are planning to get your eyebrows threaded for the first time ever, then don’t worry, because you have come to the right place! In this article, we are going to talk about everything you need to know before going for your first eyebrow threading appointment – from how to prep and the process itself, to what exactly to keep in mind, as well as post-threading care. Excited? Let’s begin!
- 1. Firstly, how exactly does this method work?
- 2. Does threading hurt?
- 3. How do I maintain my brows?
- 4. How much does eyebrow threading cost?
- 5. What are some benefits of brow threading?
- 6. How do you find the right technician?
- 7. Frequently asked questions about eyebrow threading
1. Firstly, how exactly does this method work?
After plucking your own stray eyebrow hair at home, threading is perhaps the easiest and no-fuss method of grooming your brows. It involves the use of a single cotton thread to pull unwanted hair out, from the root, without using any devices or chemicals. Your technician will start with cleaning your brows and the surrounding area with an astringent and then twist and pull the cotton thread to get rid of unwanted hair. The main reason to twist the thread is to ensure that it effectively rolls over the skin, which helps pluck out individual hair. In order to ensure better results, you are supposed to sit on a reclining chair and hold your skin around the brows taut between two fingers, ensuring that the process becomes a lot simpler for the technician.
2. Does threading hurt?
This is a very common question that most people who have never gotten their eyebrows threaded usually have. While this isn’t exactly painless, it doesn’t hurt as much as you have been told or imagined in most cases. While it does cause a bit of discomfort and there is a slight stinging sensation, it is not the kind of pain you can’t tolerate. But the best part about eyebrow threading is that the process is really quick and most of it gets over in no time. This makes the process a lot more bearable.
3. How do I maintain my brows?
Sometimes with tweezing, it is really difficult to reach for tiny, ingrown hair, but that is not the case with threading. This method allows you to reach for even ingrown hair from deep within your follicles, all in one go. Isn’t that awesome? That’s not all. Because your hair comes out from deep within the root and there is barely any in-grown hair left, every strand will grow at approximately a similar rate. A good thumb rule that most women follow is to go in for touch-ups every three to four weeks depending on your personal hair growth cycle.
4. How much does eyebrow threading cost?
Since this method doesn’t require anything more than a simple cotton thread and your technician’s time, it is really not that expensive. You’d be surprised to know that threading eyebrows costs way less than waxing or any other form of hair removal. In India, most salons charge anywhere between 100 and 250 rupees. These costs will obviously vary depending on the type of salon, it’s location and the services they offer.
5. What are some benefits of brow threading?
Compared to waxing and tweezing, eyebrow threading is usually a much safer, faster and more precise way of shaping your brows and making them appear on fleek. Since the skin around our eyes is delicate, threading allows for extra care and precision, and is also completely natural. Since this method doesn’t use any chemicals or invasive methods, even dermatologists recommend this form of hair removal for your eyebrows. This is because waxing can sometimes cause burn marks around the delicate eye area, and lead to scars and other issues.
Secondly, if you have sensitive skin and you notice post-waxing bumps, then eyebrow threading may just be the solution you have been looking for. Since eyebrow threading removes the hair completely from the root, there is no chance of in-grown hair. This makes it absolutely safe for all skin types and won’t cause bumps or acne.
6. How do you find the right technician?
As with all things in life, finding a good threading technician may take a little time. You may have to try a few different people before you find a technician whose work you really like. But a word of caution – once you find the right person, avoid going to too many people or changing your technician often. This could damage and alter the shape of your brows.
7. Frequently asked questions about eyebrow threading
Q. What are the disadvantages of threading your brows?
A. While the discomfort and pain isn’t long-lasting, depending on your skin’s sensitivity and the threader’s skill, the process can be painful, especially initially. In some rare cases, there could also be some transfer of infection or an allergic reaction.
Q. How long do threaded eyebrows last?
A. While this question is really subjective and it all depends on your personal hair growth rate, in most cases the results last anywhere between two to five weeks. If you don’t want to visit the salon too often, you could even pluck any stray hair to help maintain your brows for a bit longer.
Q. Does hair grow thicker after threading?
A. Your hair never changes it’s thickness, irrespective of the kind of hair removal process you resort to. Therefore, the idea that your hair grows back thicker post shaving is a complete myth. Additionally, since threading removes the hair from the root or follicle, the chance of your hair appearing thicker or darker is much lesser.