All About Indian Eyebrow Threading

Learn about what Indian Eyebrow Threading is, the pros and cons of the procedure, and how to try it yourself.

The history of threading itself is somewhat difficult to trace.It is a widespread and very old technique for hair removal, attributed most commonly to Indian origins, but also used for centuries throughout the Middle East and parts of East Asia.The use of threading in the United States has gradually become more prevalent and readily accessible.

Threading itself, most commonly used on eyebrows, is a natural method of hair removal.At a salon, a beautician uses a twisted loop of 100% cotton thread rolled over the skin to grab and pull out unwanted hair by the root.The procedure is relatively quick, with eyebrow shaping usually taking only between 5 and 15 minutes to complete.Though the eyebrows are the most popular facial area to have threaded, the procedure is also frequently used to remove hair on the upper lip, and side of the face.

The benefits to choosing threading are numerous.The precise removal of the hairs (quite literally, one row at a time) allow for a much finer and more polished brow line than waxing would.Waxing also removes the top layer of skin, which makes threading a much more popular and less painful choice for sensitive facial areas.Many people report that they experience less pain, swelling, redness or irritation from threading than from waxing.A large number describe feeling no lasting pain at all.Because many hairs are pulled simultaneously, threading is also a much faster method than tweezing.People with sensitive skin, or those taking Retin-A or Acutane also tend to find that threading is less painful and the irritation less long-lasting than waxing or using depilatories for hair removal.

One of the few drawbacks to threading is its availability.Though threading has gained much popularity in the U.S. in the past few years, it is not commonly taught as part of an aesthetician's training.Finding a local salon with threading experience in major cities is often fairly simple: an internet search should produce solid leads.Another way to try to track down a beautician with threading experience is to visit the local Indian or Asian districts in the nearest city and simply ask around.Often, by just finding a woman with well-groomed eyebrows, one can find a local, reputable and skilled source for threading.

The other drawback to threading is the discomfort during the procedure.Threading does tear hairs from the skin, and although many report it to be less painful than waxing or tweezing, there is still some hurt involved.

Though having threading performed by a professional is far easier and often less painful than attempting to do it yourself, it is possible to do an at-home threading to get an idea of the technique involved and pain level.It is best to test self-threading on your lower leg or thigh, not your face.In order to do so, cut a piece of 100% cotton thread 2 feet long; knot the ends together to form a loop.Holding one side of the loop in your left hand, use your right hand to twist the loop 8-12 times over and then pick up the other side.The loop should look like a large infinity symbol, with two teardrops on their sides facing in toward the twisted string that connects them.Place your fingers inside the two teardrop shapes.You should be able to move the twists in the loop from one side to the other by spreading out the fingers on one hand while bringing the fingers on the other hand close together.Practice this move until you can do it easily before attempting to thread your leg.By bringing the loop over the hair on your leg and sliding the twisted thread from one hand to the other, the hair should be pulled out; this may take some practice and patience to perfect.

Overall, threading is a very convenient and natural way to remove facial hair.Especially for those who already wax or tweeze, threading is often a less painful and irritating way to achieve the same or even better results than they had before.

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