Instead of tweezers and wax, you can have your brows shaped with threads. Learn more about it here.

Using thread to remove hair may seem odd, but the practice is becoming more and more popular. This practice is gaining steam among women who want the perfect arch but have a hard time plucking their own brows. From what it is, to how it feels, learn all about threading here.

History of Eyebrow Threading

Threading is a type of hair removal practice that originated in India. When this type of hair removal was created, it was used to remove hair all over the face. The most common use for threading now is to maintain and shape the eyebrows. The threads used to remove the hair are twirled between the aesthetician’s hands, and then the loop created is used to clasp and remove the hairs.

Who Threading is Good For

If you have especially sensitive skin and cannot have your brows waxed, or pluck them yourself, threading is perfect for you. Cancer patients who have especially sensitive and thin skin also benefit from threading. Anyone with bleeding disorder or skin that breaks easily and does not heal well like those with diabetes also benefit from using threading over waxing. Many customers at waxing establishments are turned away because they are using acne or anti-aging treatments that make the skin especially sensitive and these clients do well with threading. Some women who often have their brows threaded say that the arch you achieve with this process is better than any other type of eyebrow shaping you can get.

Threading Techniques and Types of Thread Used

The most common threading technique is one called the Horizontal Method. This method uses the aesthetician’s thumb and forefingers on each hand while the threads are held horizontally across the client’s brow line. One drawback to this method is that it does not give the perfect arch like other threading methods can. One less hygienic, but common method is the Jaw Clincher Method where the aesthetician holds the thread in their hands, but also their jaw to create a different angle. While this method is less hygienic, it provides an exceptional shape to the brow. One last method is called the Cross Shoulder Method. This special method was designed to give the shape of the Jaw Clincher Method without having to compromise hygiene. Another benefit to this different method is that the threading practitioner does not end up clenching their teeth and jaw and risking future jaw issues like TMJ.

Several different types of thread are used in threading. Commercial salons that specialize in threading may use traditional sewing thread because it is inexpensive and effective. More well versed aestheticians may use a thread called manja, though this thread is much more expensive. Manja thread is coated in glue and gives the hairs something to stick to, often making the threading experience much less painful than when it is done with other types of thread. Some practitioners use one other type of thread called SMT. SMT thread is simple to work with in various angles helping the aesthetician to create an attractive arch.

How Does Threading Compare to Waxing or Plucking?

The nature of eyebrow threading is to pluck the brows with the threads instead of traditional tweezers. Because of the way the threads are used, multiple hairs are grasped and pulled either one right after the other, or at the same time. This means it is like plucking but quicker. When you pluck your own brows, you also usually only pluck one or two hairs at a time, but with threading the chances of pulling groups of hairs is higher.

If you normally have your brows waxed, threading will seem much more similar to plucking because you can feel each hair being pulled. Some women who have a hard time plucking their own brows due to pain or tearing of the eyes will find threading to be just as painful as plucking if not more so. The one benefit to threading for those who have a hard time plucking their own brows is that someone else is doing it for you so you do not need to worry about tearing making your vision less accurate. Waxing pulls more hair at one time and is painful because of that, but the process may seem quicker to people who are sensitive to plucking.

Where You Can Find Someone to Thread Your Brows

Businesses that offer threading used to be harder to find, but now they are becoming more common inside traditional shopping centers. Suburban malls even have small spaces where threading is performed either by appointment or on a walk-in basis. If you are looking to find someone to thread your brows, ask around to your friends and family members if you know any of them who are threaded. If you do not know anyone who has their brows threaded, do an internet search or ask on community message boards for your own local area.