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Eyebrow Threading - How Does it Work?

Eyebrow threading is a hair removal technique that has been used for centuries in the Middle East and India. Now, practitioners are bringing the art of this simple method of dealing with overgrown eyebrows to salons across the country. But just what is the procedure, and how does it work? Read on to get the full story on threading.
 
How Eyebrow Threading Works
 
Eyebrow threading removes hair in the same way that waxing or plucking does: by pulling hairs out of the follicles, roots and all. During a treatment, the practitioner uses a very fine thread tied with a special knot. Once the knot is in place, there is a loop on one end of the thread. Working at very fast speeds, the practitioner lassos the unwanted hairs with the loop and pulls tightly to yank them out. A skilled practitioner can shape both eyebrows in less than 10 minutes.
 
Benefits of Eyebrow Threading
 
Speed is undoubtedly one of the biggest advantages of eyebrow threading, as treatments are so fast, most women are surprised when the practitioner says they are finished. Results will last for 4 to 6 weeks, just like waxing, and typically, there is much less redness and swelling following threading than a traditional wax. Threading removes just a few hairs at a time, allowing for greater precision, which results in a more flawless arch than what is often possible with wax. The cost of threading is similar to that of waxing, running anywhere from $5 to over $50, depending on geographic location and the amount of hair that needs to be removed.
 
Things to Consider Before You Get Threaded
 
The biggest downside to eyebrow threading is discomfort. While everyone's tolerance for pain varies, many people describe the first eyebrow threading process as painful; however, some feel that it is less painful than waxing. The skill level of the practitioner will also determine results. Eyebrow threading is difficult to perform, and when the wrong technique is employed, results may not be quite what you expected. Look for an eyebrow threader that is experienced and that has been in business or performing treatments for a while. You should also inquire about the hygiene practices of the business. Thread should never be reused. Also, choose a threader who does not hold the string in his or her mouth during the treatment. While this is a common technique, it is not sanitary.
 
By asking questions before you get in the chair, you can find a talented practitioner and experience eyebrow threading for yourself.

 
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