Hair Removal Threading: More than Just for Eyebrows


There are endless options out there, but there’s a lot going for hair removal threading. It’s a classic technique that’s been around for ages because it’s so effective and can be done with just two cotton strings. You can experience the benefits of threading anywhere on your face and more. As an alternative to waxing or shaving, this classic hair removal technique that has made a full-blown comeback.

How popular is threading actually?

Surprisingly threading has been around for centuries. Originating in India, the practice was adopted throughout Europe and beyond. It’s still around because it is one of the most precise and effective ways to remove hair. Now you can find threading services in salons in just about any city in America.

What is hair removal threading?

Threading is a natural technique of removing unwanted hair from the face area using a cotton thread. It’s doubled, twisted, and then slid over the skin. The spiral twists each hair, pulling it out by the root. It’s a very precise method, suitable for sculpting your brows or simply removing hair from larger areas like the upper lip, arms, and legs. Now, you can get threading for more than just one place. You can use it anywhere you want to remove unwanted hair. 

smiling woman with threaded eyebrows

Is it a permanent hair removal method?

Unfortunately, it is not. Hairs are removed with their roots, so they grow weaker and lighter with each next threading. But they always grow back.

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How long does the effect last?

The length of time between threadings varies depending on what area has been threaded. Additionally, as each person has a unique hair re-growth cycle, this method may be more effective for some, and less effective for others. Generally speaking, the effect will last a few weeks.

Is threading more effective than waxing or tweezing?

Yes and no. It can be less fussy than waxing, which means you don’t have to worry as much about prepping the area.

Waxing also removes the hair at the root and can be quite effective. However, if you have any oils or lotions on the area or your hair isn’t long enough, the waxing won’t be so complete. Read more about waxing here.

Threading is much more precise and doesn’t rely on the hair being very long in order to work. The thread removes even the smallest and thinnest hairs and removes them in one swipe. Tweezing is much more time-consuming and, arguably, more painful.

How does skin react after threading?

Threading by an expert is much more reliable, precise, and doesn’t typically cause any long-lasting irritation. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will be slightly red for about twenty minutes to an hour. The “downtime” is much less than other treatments like waxing, for example.

This is an especially great option for those with sensitive and allergy-prone skin. Except for a disinfectant applied before the procedure, the treatment doesn’t require the use of additional cosmetic products.

Are there any side effects?

As with any type of hair removal, inflammation can theoretically occur. However, in the case of threading, it’s less significant than other hair removal methods. Cool compresses or ice can be used on the site to reduce redness and soothe the skin.

feathered threaded eyebrows threaded upper lip

Who shouldn’t get threading services?

No one should receive threading services if they have any kind of bacterial, viral, or fungal skin infection. Threading also won’t be advised for those with any pre-existing inflammation around the area the expert is treating. 

While you can try your hand at threading, more on that here, you’ll get great results every time by booking a professional.

Does threading hurt?

Every time a hair is removed from its root,  you feel discomfort. However, many consider threading as much more tolerable and less painful over time in contrast to the alternatives.

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