Threading, one of the oldest methods of body hair removal, is popular in India and the Middle East. Called khite in Arabic and fatlah in Egypt. It is used for removing hair from the entire face,
including the eyebrows, the upper lip, the chin and the cheeks. One reason for its continued popularity is that it is so much healthier for the skin and doesn't result in ingrown hair.
Threading involves rolling a twisted thin, anti bacterial cotton thread over untidy hairlines and plucking out the unwanted hairs. During
threading the plucking of the hair is at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing where a single hair is pulled out
each time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line.
Threading has several advantages over other methods. It is not only an inexpensive method of hair removal, but also fast and far less painful than some other options. It is a convenient method for removing hair from areas like the eyebrows and face and its effect lasts from two to four weeks. One of the best features of threading is that it is suitable for even skin that is too sensitive for laser hair removal or waxing. It takes no more than 30 minutes to get both brows done, which makes eyebrow threading particularly popular. And as no chemicals are involved there is no risk of a reaction setting in.
There are some disadvantages of threading as well. It is hard to find a really good practitioner of this hair removal method. Its side effects can include folliculitis, a bacterial infection of the hair follicles, reddening of the skin , hence it is important that your practitioner uses an anti-bacterial thread, and follows strict hygiene and sanitation methods. Its other major drawback is that it works only on flat surfaces. Threading is difficult to perform on body areas that are not flat, such as the bikini line and the knees. Those suffering from acne should especially avoid threading because it can cause severe acne to rupture. All this gives shaving an edge over threading and other methods.
Brow Experts Secrets
Well groomed and maintained eyebrows give shape to the eye and character to the face. Unsightly grooming mistakes actually draw attention away from the eyes and other facial features, which is not the goal for
a well-groomed appearance. Eyebrow shaping is as simple as shaving or applying makeup and should not be overlooked if the well-groomed look is what youíre going for. The following eyebrow shaping secrets
will help make eyebrow maintenance simple:
- Professional brow shaping is suggested at least once or twice a year. This will give you an idea what they should look like, and with regular maintenance they will remain perfectly shaped.
- Once you have the browsyou love, tend to them on a daily basis; it's less maintenance and easier to tweeze one or two stray hairs every day hen a bunch at the end of the week.
- A good time to shape orpluck your eyebrows is after a hot shower or prepare brows by placing a warm wash cloth over the eyebrow for several seconds. Then ensure you have natural daylight andnever a week before and during your period.
- When tweezing, always sit in front of a large mirror with a magnified mirror in your hand. This gives you an overall view and the hand mirror helps with the finer detail. Pluck hair in the direction of growth rather than against it.
- Always tweeze both eyebrows together taking a few hairs of each at a time; it is alot easier as trying to mimic one brow shape after the other is very difficult.
When shaping your own eyebrows there are a few rules to follow:
Finding the shape that is right for your facial structure is important, eyebrows should start before the eye (nose side) and not after. Try to keep the shape even - there is nothing worse than a tadpole
sitting on top of your eyes. (To do this, place a pencil vertical along each edge of the nose, any part of the eyebrow that extends beyond the edge of the pencil closest to the bridge of the nose should
be removed... On the outer edge of the eyebrow, place the edge of a pencil vertically along the outer corner of each eye. Any hairs that extend beyond the edge of the pencil towards the temples should
also be removed. Then to determine where the arch of the eyebrow should be, use the same pencil aligned vertically with the iris, or coloured part of the eye. The arch of the eyebrow should be directly
above the iris. This helps shape the eyebrow to accentuate the eye. Mark each point, the arch and the inner and outer corners with an eyebrow pencil to serve as a guide.
- Good quality tools are essential to achieve a professional finish. (ie:- Brow brush, Ssafety scissors for trimming hairs, good quality Swiss stainless steel tweezer, brow mousse/gel)
- When applying make up to your brows less is always more, you should never be able to see where the makeup starts and where the hairs stop. When holding the brow pencil always holds further down - like you would when sketching, and build up the colour,then comb through to blend colour well. For sparse hair growth use an eyebrow pencil closely matching your natural colour, or choose a colour slightly darker than your eyelashes. An angled brush and eye shadow powder also looks natural for filling in the brows.
- If you decide to have your brows professionally shaped and don't know where to go always ask someone who's eyebrows you like and check the therapistís own eyebrows as this is always a good indication.
- To remove hair, tweeze the hairs rather than shave them and avoid depilatory creams for eyebrow shaping. Waxing is also an option, but is difficult to do alone. If you prefer waxing, locate a full service salon and have them done professionally to avoid eyebrow shaping mishaps. Tweezing is a more precise method of eyebrow shaping when going it alone.
- And lastly... No two eyebrows are ever identical; so don't even a attempt to get them the same you will end up plucking to nothing.
The saying goes that eye brows are sisters not twins.
What type of Thread is used for Threading?
A 100% anti-bacterial cotton thread imported from India is used for Threading. This thread allows strength but resilience during the technique whilst reducing the risk of infection.
What areas can be 'Threaded'?
Threading is mainly performed on the face e.g. eyebrows, upper lip, chin, sides of face, nose, ears, neck, sideburns and forehead but can be used all over the body.