8 Things No One Ever Told You About Eyebrow Threading


It was because I didn’t have any other options when I tried eyebrow threading for the first time. I went to the Glamour offices to take photos (of my actual, very untidy brows). I had waxed and tweezed my eyebrows before, but my current M.O. I was doing nothing at all. My brows needed to be polished (read, completely reshaped), so I submitted. I had to submit or there was a photo of me looking like a girl version Peter Gallagher. This is in case your memory needs some refreshment.

I was scared. I was terrified. Eyebrow threading in Brooklyn seemed to be the most grueling hair removal method. However, it’s not an easy race once you add in plucked individual hairs and tearing skin wax. This technique has been used for centuries in Asia to remove hairs. It involves rolling cotton thread through the hairs and then ripping each follicle out of its pore. I know this sounds unpleasant, and I am not a person who enjoys pain. Once I had the experience for myself, and saw the results in the mirror, I knew it was something I would never forget. Fun? Fun? But worth it? Absolutely.

It doesn’t hurt that much

This is what holds people back from threading, according to Sabah Feroz, brow expert at BlinkBrowBar in NYC. She says that threading is not painful. “Our clients describe it as an unusual feeling, but not painful.” You can ask the technician to test it on your peach fuzz, if you are super nervous. Feroz said that once people have experienced it this way, they are more comfortable doing their eyebrows.

It gives your brows a precise finish

Precision is the essence of eyebrow threading. Feroz says that even the smallest hairs can be pulled out of their follicles. It removes every hair and leaves no half-grown ones behind. Threading gives you complete control over which hairs get removed and which ones aren’t. “You can be very precise with shaping,” said Marco Ochoa celebrity brow threader, owner of EcoBrow Studio Beverly Hills. You can thread one hair at once or a whole line of hair to create a well-defined eyebrow. You can also pair it with microblading or microshading for even more definition.

Maintenance Is Way Easier

Threading is a better option than tweezing which may not always grasp onto smaller, partially grown hairs. Umbreen Sheikh, the owner of NYC’s Wink Brow Bar, and the woman who supervised my brow shaping. They’ll all grow in the same way, so there’s no need to keep tweezing or going in for touch-ups every other week. Ochoa says that most people like to tidy up after threading, which takes two weeks. I recommend that my clients come in after four- to five weeks to reshape the eyebrows.

It’s an easy process

Most brow specialists will be able get you in and out quickly. The whole process takes only 10 minutes. I was expecting to be there forever while they pull out every brow hair. If your brows look good, it’s even easier. It will take you less time.

It’s about the same price as waxing

If you’re considering switching to eyebrow threading over eyebrow waxing, there are some good news. at Wink Brow Bar charges $27 for a 10-minute basic shaping, and $27 for a more detailed eyebrow wax. Prices will vary depending on where you are and what salon you choose, but expect to pay between $10 and $40– plus tip.

It is the gentlest form of hair removal…

There is very little chance for irritation because only the hair is being pulled. Feroz says that there is no pulling or straining of your skin. It is easier to thread sensitive or acne-prone skin. If waxing leaves your eyebrows reddened or raw for a longer time than you are comfortable with, eyebrow threading might be a better option.

But it’s still not a Spa Day

It is gentlest method of hair removal, but you still have to remove hair. The cotton thread can cause minor irritation and reddening to very sensitive skin because it rubs against the skin. You can follow the treatment with a cooling gel if this sounds familiar to you. Feroz says that a rose water, aloe verde, or tea tree jelly can help to soothe and calm the skin. Some salons provide it free of charge after a treatment. We love Mario Badescu Facial spray which contains soothing aloe and herbs.

Keep it for facial hair only

Feroz says that threading is a temporary solution to hair removal for any facial hairs, such as brows. It’s not recommended for any other areas of your body because of its precision. This is partly due to the fact that it takes forever and partly because it can take up to an hour to get your hairs out. She says that laser or waxing is faster and better for larger areas. You can find out more about these options here. You can find everything you need here.

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