Threading is becoming a new way of removing unwanted facial hair for women and men alike in the U.S. This ancient Eastern technique is becoming all the rave in large cities such as New York and Washington D.C, challenging the most recently wide use technique of waxing. As a former waxer myself (particularly for my eyebrows), I got introduced to threading about a year ago, and never looked back.
While just as painful as waxing (in my opinion), threading saved me from experiencing the burns and skin lightening effects that can come from bad wax jobs. Further more, it felt more holistic and natural for someone to use 100% cotton thread to remove my unwanted hair, than a wax formula with ingredients I didn’t know much about.
But, as many women in the U.S. consider threading over waxing, a few have questions. The biggest one of them all is if threading is actually that much safer than waxing, and if it is, why is that so. For the record, whatever technique you choose to remove unwanted hair is your choice. I’m not here to discourage anyone from waxing if that is what he or she prefer. But, I’d love to give you the low-down on threading and its possible benefits you never knew about.
Threading is the art of taking two long entwined pieces of thread (made of 100% cotton) and wrapping them around unwanted hairs. The removal of the hair is clean, done in a scissoring motion. At some point during the visit, you’ll have to help your threader by holding the upper part above your eyebrow and the middle part of your lid. One of the pros of threading is that you’ll be left with a more natural looking arch, as oppose to the sharp arch that waxing usually offers. Plus, you don’t have to worry about chemicals being place on your face, and then quickly snatched off.
Another great thing to note is that threading can last a tad longer than waxing. Your hair may not grow back for about 3 weeks, as opposed to my experience with waxing when may seemed to grow back within a week and a half.
And, if you’re wondering about cost difference, hear me out when I say that I’ve usually paid about $8-10 for waxing, and about $10-12 for threading, but I only have to get my eyebrows threaded once a month.
All in all, the choice is up to you. But threading seems to be on the verge of becoming a new hair removal trend that is here to stay.
Ladies, tell me: have you tried threading?
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