In my make-up classes, I’m often asked which is the best way to maintain one’s eyebrows. This is a great topic as nothing frames the face like the appearance of effortlessly groomed eyebrows; however, more often than not, our eyebrows require a heck of a lot of maintenance to achieve an effortlessly groomed shape. There are a number of different to achieve this, including; bleaching, waxing and tweezing, but my preferred option is a little-known technique called threading.
Threading is an ancient art whereby excess or unwanted facial hair is removed using ordinary cotton thread. In my opinion, threading out-performs any other temporary hair removal method as it allows for impeccable precision, removing even the lightest downy hairs from the roots. This results in a smoother, longer-lasting, and much neater finish than conventional methods such as waxing or plucking.
The threading technique can be used on all areas of the body, and so is ideal for anyone who has sensitivities to chemical hair removal products or waxing. It is ideal for removing facial hair such as upper lip hair, chin, sides of face etc, though you would want to allocate a lot of time for larger areas as it is quite a slow process (10-15 mins for eyebrows, 5 mins for upper lip, up to 30 mins for sides of face etc.).
My Experience of Threading:
I initially got my eyebrows done prior to my wedding and I was so impressed by the flawless finish that I have kept it up since. I average about 4 sessions a year, and I maintain by brows in between with tweezing and make-up (brow pencil and gel, for the days when my brows are very unruly).
Points of Note:
- Threading is a temporary method of hair removal; a typical treatment will last slightly longer than waxing / plucking – duration varies from person to person.
- You may experience minor pain during the treatment and your skin may be slightly read afterwards, but this will fade quickly.
- I strongly recommend that you go to an experienced, trained professional.
- If you are a first-timer, don’t have your eyebrows threaded immediately prior to a big event in case you are unhappy with the finished shape!
If you want the name of a good Cork-based practitioner, do get in touch with me (she’s a friend so I don’t want to post her details up on the internet). I haven’t had threading done anywhere else, but if you have positive recommendations, do put them in the comment box below.