For women, eyebrows are one of the most important facial features when it comes to overall facial appearance. Good eyebrows can help shape the face, bringing attention to naturally strong features while minimizing weaker ones. Good eyebrow maintenance should be a part of any beauty routine, even for those who wear little to no makeup.
When it comes to eyebrow maintenance, there are many methods to choose from (tweezing, waxing, depilatories, shaving, threading, and electrolysis to name a few). All come with varying levels of pain, time, and permanence. Many of the methods performed in salons can also be done at home; however, there is a different degree of skill required for each one.
What is threading?
Eyebrow threading is a method of eyebrow shaping that originated in India thousands of years ago. Its popularity spread to the Middle East and Europe before becoming popular in America within the last 10 years. Many girls in India still grow up practicing threading and techniques are sometimes handed down through generations.
Threading is a kind of epilation which involves the removal of the entire hair, as opposed to depilation which is the removal of the part of the hair above the skin’s surface (shaving, depilatories). Threading involves the technique of twisting and rolling a cotton thread across hair, removing the hair in short lines. On a functional level it is very similar to how hair is removed through tweezing only threading has the potential for a neater appearance.
But Ms. Heather! How does it compare with other methods?
More Effective than Depilation
Epilation is generally considered to be a better form of hair removal. Unlike shaving where hair can grow back faster and thicker, epilation lasts much longer and causes the follicle to grow softer hair. Also, the chance for ingrown hairs is drastically reduced.
Because it is able to remove hairs in neat lines, eyebrow threading produces a sharper appearance in minimal time. If you visit a skilled eyebrow threader, there is minimal pain and even this diminishes with each subsequent visit.
Easier on the Skin
Women with skin conditions and sensitivities may find that certain methods of eyebrow shaping irritate their skin. However, threading is completely nonabrasive and results in minimal initial swelling and redness. Threading is one of the best options for those who use Retin-A, Accutane, and similar products.
Unfortunately, threading techniques can take quite a while to master, so most people will have to rely on salons without the option of home maintenance. The good news is that because the time and materials involved are minimal, eyebrow threading is fairly inexpensive. Prices generally run about $10 a session and can take as little as 5 -10 minutes.
A good threader (or any professional who does eyebrows) should not only know how to shape eyebrows, but they should also have a good working knowledge of which types of eyebrows are best for each face type. High arches are not for everyone. Facial composition should be the determining factor when deciding what eyebrows to go with. A good eyebrow stylist should know this.
As the saying goes, “beauty is pain.” Getting your eyebrows done may not be the most comfortable way to spend several minutes out of a busy day, but in the grand scheme of things it’s an important and easy way to make sure you always look your best!
Ms. Heather’s Threading Tips:
- Although many salons offer threading on the menu, there are shops devoted exclusively to threading. Try to find one of these and stick with a stylist you like. Many times, the people working in these places are more experienced in my opinion.
- Take the extra step to make an appointment. Ms. Heather does not like to wait!
- When casing a prospective salon, check out the eyebrow pictures on the wall (real pictures, not the airbrushed ones) and the customer’s eyebrows. Do you like what you see in general?
- If you are having a hard time finding a threading salon, check out a couple of your local malls. Many times threaders will have small stations scattered throughout.
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