Notes From The Powder RoomEyebrow threading: It's like flossing your face.Cézanne Colvin

I always try to keep up with my eyebrows the way most of us try to keep up with the Kardashians, as it kind of neutralizes the dreaded third-day-without-a-wash greasy situation in which my hair often finds itself, opens up my face, and allows me to maintain my glamorous/flossy-flossy image.

As we all know, brows that aren’t groomed invade your space like the Kudzu vine until they’re all you can see. Just ask Colin Farrell, actor and unfortunate victim of eyebrow circumstance:

Colin has a great face, but it's eclipsed by his weird eyebrows. I literally can't even focus on anything else. Photo may have been slightly retouched to convey my point.

Photo via Mennonno Sapiens

I was a long-time advocate of waxing and tweezing until I stumbled upon threading. Ever since then, hot wax and tweezers have been dead to me. From a distance, threading looks like a woman is terrorizing another woman’s face with a bunch of string. In reality, threading is a woman terrorizing another woman’s face with a bunch of string. However, it’s totally awesome and I fully endorse it.

She's going to be able to go so long without feeling like she has to wash her hair. This could be you!

Photo via Seva Beauty.

Threading is an ancient Indian method that removes hair with cotton string. Unlike waxing (which isn’t nice to your skin and requires a pretty decent amount of hair growth to be effective) or tweezing (which, frankly, sucks), threading doesn’t irritate your skin, has the precision of a sniper, and basically yanks out any hairs that are long enough to see. The downside is that it’s a little painful at first (I believe I had mild PTSD after my first threading session, as I would alternate between flinching and crying whenever anyone came near my face for a month after the fact), but you look so regal afterward that it doesn’t even matter.

I decided to hit up this place called “Beautiful Browz” today at the mall, as my browz were hurting for some beautification. My experience started out traumatizing but finished on a good note, which I suppose is better than the opposite. I situated myself in the chair and told the practitioner I wanted my eyebrows done. She then squinted at me and said, “And your upper lip, yes?” to which I was like, “Just the browz will do.” Nothing makes you feel more like Tom Selleck than someone suggesting your ladystache is out of control.

All’s well that ends well though, as my eyebrows look super fresh and my upper lip is just fine, thank you very much:

Have you ever had your eyebrows threaded? If not, are you going to now? Tell me your experiences!

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  1. I thread as well! I think it’s important to define eyebrows as well!
    Here is a good video for that:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/FlorinaMakeupArtist#p/u/1/8U3sZy9tM5k

  2. I’ve always had my brows threaded because waxing and tweezing aren’t as popular where I’m living.

    Also, I’ve always found that it hurts a lot less if you thread your upper lip yourself. I’ve been doing mine for ages and it hardly hurts!

    I don’t think the lady at the salon meant to be offensive when she asked about doing the upper lip as well. Its actually quite common for ladies to ask for the upper lip and brows to be done in the same session.

  3. I love getting my eyebrows threaded! I’ll admit it’s been a while though since I’ve last gone, last time I went I had a HORRIBLE lady do it and she basically butchered my brows! While my eyebrows are naturally a little thin, after she was done there was barely anything left!!

  4. I get my brows threaded on the reg, and I have had my lip done too. Here is a warning: just because you think you are a badass becuase you have had your eyebrows threaded and are fine with the pain, YOU ARE NOT A BADASS. Upper lip threading still makes tears roll down my face every time. For realsies.
    Also- if you are getting threaded for the first time- you will feel like they are pulling out WAY too many eyebrow hairs and they will be pencil thin. Just roll with it, they will turn out okay.

  5. I get my eyebrows threaded every three weeks. My personal tip is dont get them threaded on a bad hey fever day. You will scare your beautician into thinking she has seriously injured you!

  6. I always wanted to try it. We just got a place in our mall that does it (you can even watch people get theirs done on a LCD TV O.o The only other thing(s) kind of keeping me away at the moment is I was unsure of the pain level (I have one friend who had it done, but she’s never waxed), and wasn’t sure how much it cost relative to waxing. At the moment I’m so broke I’ve just been keeping them shaped with a razor and it’s not too bad because I’m blonde, but I’m definitely considering it

  7. In the minority here, last time I went to get threaded, it was at a place called “THREADING AND HENNA”. It’s in the name! They should be pros. However, I ended up with a bunch of little red dots that turned into tiny, tiny little scabs, right under the arch of my eyebrow. A line of dots. Under my eyebrows. Threading is rad, but every form of eyebrow maintenance has it’s horror story, still, I think I prefer waxing. It doesn’t hurt, doesn’t make me BLEED and aside from one time a gal managed to make me look permanently angry for about a month or so, it is pretty consistent every time.

  8. as someone who waxes brows for a living i would like to clarify something. if your skin has been ripped off by an esthetician it is because they do not know how to wax properly. also if you are worried about long term sagging occurring than find a salon that uses pearl wax as opposed to traditional wax, as pearl wax is less damaging and is suitable for sensitive skin types. lastly if the waxer ever double dips (uses an already used stick back into the pot) get up out of your chair and run, unless you like skin infections. i have tried threading and did not enjoy it as it took longer and caused my skin to break out, but maybe that’s just me.

    find a benefit brow bar. they use the pearl wax and we are all very well trained.

  9. I remember the first time I had my eyebrows threaded.
    My friend, who I worked with, who had just moved to England from India told me she could do threading after I exclaimed that most Asian (different connotation in England than USA) women have beautiful eyebrows, and that I had heard they got them like that because they threaded, instead of plucking/waxing etc.
    So, I was sat in the passenger seat of a car (we worked for an Estate Agents [Realtor] and were out on a visit) and she whipped a reel of cotton from her bag and went on to give me the most beautiful eyebrows I have ever had!
    At the moment I am living in Japan, where they tend to shave their eyebrows, rather than any of the other aforementioned methods, so I am plucking them at the moment, but when I move back to England next year I am going to take up being threaded again.
    The results from that first time even persuaded my mum to try it, and now she will choose threading above any other form of eyebrow hair removal too!
    Threading, most definitely, FTW ^-^

    Cx

  10. My mom got it into her head that she was gonna learn how to thread eyebrows, just because, so I got stuck as her victim/guinea pig, seeing as my sister is too young to get her eyebrows done (12… i don’t think soo mother!) The pain was horrible…they couldn’t decide wether to listen to watch that Brad Pitt Nazi-Killing movie (lol) or listen to me shriek. I think I won out in the end… Anyways, later my mom decided to take me to a threading place at the mall… i swear the only reaon i didn’t scream out was for fear of public embarrassment. I convinced my mom to let me switch to waxing, which hurts a hell of a lot less… while tweezing, well… it still hurts

  11. do your eyebrows hurt after? how long?

  12. The first time I had my eyebrows threaded was a total surprise. My friend wanted to try this new place and asked if I would come along and, seeing as how I needed to get that shit under control, I said yes. I was so confused when the lady didn’t come up to me with wax, but a spool of thread and told me to hold my head a weird way and then just went to town. It definitely hurt at first (I mean, they are still ripping hair out of your head) but after a minute or so it was fine. I highly recommend this over tweezing and waxing. It last a bajillion times longer and looks a bajillion times better.

  13. after reading this, i went to the mall and got my eyebrows threaded. it definitely took longer than waxing, which is probably what made it seem more painful. the area around my eyebrows wasn’t red and puffy at all after it was done, which is what i hate the most about waxing. i really enjoy the way they look and i’ll definitely do it again! thanks for the post :)

  14. I’ve never gotten my eyebrows waxed or anything (they’re really light; my sister teases me that I have no eyebrows!), but I always look at the threading stations at the mall and think about trying it because tweezing makes me sneeze, haha. I’m afraid the threading will be painful or they’ll take way too much off! I may have to try it one day though.

  15. I’ve gotten my eyebrows threaded and I loved it! Loved is in past tense because the last time I went I got the newest girl who worked at the place I went to and she botched my left eyebrow. It is still way thinner than the right and although people say they cant tell, I can tell! It sucks- big time.

  16. Yes! I first learned about threading in college. Some of my Indian friends (I’m half-Japanese/Half-Indian) drove me to some other Indian girl’s house in the suburbs of Austin, and the 4-6 of us sat in her floral bedroom and chatted, each waiting for our turn in the center chair. I watched in fascination as this high school girl gripped the thread with her teeth and maneuvered it into a kind of triangle rolling the hairs away, quickly, one-by-one. When my turn was done, my eyes were brimming with tears. “Okay, look,” she said.
    My eyebrows looked INCREDIBLE. I never even knew they needed to be threaded til I saw the transformation! Maybe I didn’t need bangs anymore like my mom said after all…
    Now I live in LA and am still an avid eyebrow-threading enthustiast! I actually just got my eyebrows threaded yesterday at Ziba Beauty in the Glendale Galleria! 11 bucks!+tip of course!
    <3
    -Bina

  17. I’ve been threading for 3-4 years. In my opinion it lasts much longer than waxing and it allows for more precise shaping.
    It does hurt, ESPECIALLY the first time, but like waxing you will build up a tolerance to it. I haven’t been waxing once since I started getting them threaded, and I have a low threshold for pain. If you haven’t yet, try it!

  18. I discovered threading two years ago and just like you became an instant convert. No other technique allows the beauty therapist to create such a perfect (and natural!) looking shape.
    However, I have found that it is very difficult to find someone who is really good at it. Or at least in London it is.

  19. Yes! I first learned about threading in college. Some of my Indian friends (I’m half-Japanese/Half-Indian) drove me to some other Indian girl’s house in the suburbs of Austin, and the 4-6 of us sat in her floral bedroom and chatted, each waiting for our turn in the center chair. I watched in fascination as this high school girl gripped the thread with her teeth and maneuvered it into a kind of triangle rolling the hairs away, quickly, one-by-one. When my turn was done, my eyes were brimming with tears. “Okay, look,” she said.

    My eyebrows looked INCREDIBLE. I never even knew they needed to be threaded til I saw the transformation! Maybe I didn’t need bangs anymore like my mom said after all…

    Now I live in LA and am still an avid eyebrow-threading enthustiast! I actually just got my eyebrows threaded yesterday at Ziba Beauty in the Glendale Galleria! http://zibabeauty.com/
    <3
    -Bina

  20. I just wrote this post in my blog about how much I despise getting my eyebrows waxed. I had never heard of threading until one of my friends read the post and was like, “you should try threading because it doesn’t destroy your face as much!” so I’m definitely going to be looking into this for future ‘brow grooming.