Eyebrow Shaping With Threading

What is threading? Where does threading come from? How effective is it as a hair removal technique? Will I get perfect eyebrows? Is threading permanent?

In Egypt it’s called ‘fatlah’, in Arabic ‘khite’. Various origins have been claimed from India, to Morocco, however, the technique remains the same. The only thing for certain is that threading now has cross-cultural popularity from Hollywood stars to the average Joanne.


Threading is the ancient art of hair removal and is therefore remarkably simple. It works by using a piece of cotton thread to remove hair at the root. All hair is removed from the follicle, it is claimed, even the finest. This is what therapists claim gives it an advantage over shaving and even plucking.

Many have stated that with this treatment their eyebrows are be the sharpest they have ever been, as threading gives precision. This precision comes from removing even the fair hair that you usually ignore with plucking, but helps define the eyebrow shape.

It is not true however, that hair disappears forever. It is certainly not a permanent hair removal technique. After repeated treatments hair does become finer and the speed of re-growth decreases. With a good threading specialist, who is careful to take each hair from the root, it can be effective for ladies suffering from thick or ingrown hair. See more details in Cynthia Myers’ article ‘What is threading’.

It has been recommended that eyebrows be reshaped every three to four weeks to maintain a perfect shape. If this sounds too much, consider a more permanent makeup solution. This does not mean that there will be no growth over this time, but it should slow down and eventually decrease. Full face threading, depending on growth and strength of hair, should be done every 1 or 2 weeks.

What Should You Expect from a Threading Specialist?

The first tip is to find a good reliable therapist. Check out different websites for local therapists such and reputable shops until you are comfortable. The best recommendations are from friends, so ask away.

  • Hygiene: Hair removal therapists should always clean their hands, whether by washing or using an anti-bacterial gel. Many people report infections or skin reactions. This is not from the thread, which is itself chemical free, but usually from the hands of the beautician. There’s no harm in insisting if you feel hygiene standards have not been met. As stated at Removinghair.com, “threading rarely causes harm to the skin and suits even people with sensitive skin.”
  • Soothing: The therapist should apply a soothing gel to your eyebrows or face using a cotton ball. This reduces the any possibility of dirt in your pores by closing them, and will reduce any soreness.
  • Careful attention: Regular threading can help reduce ingrown hair but only if the beautician in question pays careful attention and removes the hairs from the root. Professional threading specialists can be quick, but this should not mean they are not efficient and careful.
  • Pain: Threading can hurt, just like any other hair removal technique. Of course the pain varies from person to person. In any case, pain can be minimised. Any practitioner in the beginning finds difficulty working quickly and efficiently, but the more quickly the specialist works the less painful it is. There is a downside to note: if there is no pain at all, then it’s also likely that the hairs are not being removed from the root. You need to expect some pain to know that the treatment is working.

    For certain areas you will need to hold your skin taut. Your therapist should explain how; ask questions if you don’t understand. Holding your skin taut reduces pain and allows the specialist to take the hair more easily. Any person reporting burns or small cuts may not be holding the skin taut properly. If your hands are sweating, ask for talcum powder or a tissue; this will reduce the chance of your hands slipping. Ask the specialist not to hurry if this is the case.  The end result should be to create ‘a polished look’.

Threading is a good technique to use. The trick as with any other hair removal technique is to find a good therapist in your area. The best thing to do is contact one and speak to them, or listen to your friends’ recommendations. Don’t be rushed into doing it, but do try it out once you’ve got all the facts.