Having been ‘blessed’ with fair skin and dark, thick hair, facial hair removal has been a constant and necessary evil in my life. After years of adolescent torture at the hands of tweezers, its safe to say I’m not their biggest fan. Next stop was waxing, which adequately did the job for several years, but the lingering tenderness and redness after each session slowly started to wear me and my sensitive skin down. Enter phase three of my brow-taming repertoire, threading.
I’m told this ancient hair removal method has been mainstream for years and years in the UK and various parts of the world, but I only became aware of its existence when the Blinkbars started popping up here and there in shopping centres (admittedly, I didn’t know at all what threading was. For a long time a minute I thought it was a way of adding hair to sparse brows, by ‘threading’ in extra hair, kind of an ‘Advanced Hair yeah yeah’ for your brows so to speak. Okay okay you can stop laughing now.)
So when I finally wisened up to the whole threading business, I was interested but a bit hesitant to give it a go. I’d suffered some eye-watering, sneeze-inducing pain at the hands of tweezers, and to me threading seemed like a turbo-charged version of tweezing that was bound to leave me in a tearful, sneezy mess. Alas, curiosity got the better of me and off I went.
Threading first impressions.
Threading involves the use of cotton thread to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair by catching hair in a twist of cotton and pulling it out. The pain was akin to tweezers on steroids, as a line of hairs are pulled as opposed to one-by-one, but the precision and the speed of the treatment is something I can’t go past. In about 30 seconds flat, my lovely brow-whiz had worked her threading magic to unveil neatly sculpted brows. She then talked me through how to shape them and fill them in with brow powder to finish off the look. The threaded area was a little red after the treatment, but by the time I paid and walked out, the redness and tenderness had already receded. A welcome difference to the visible effects following waxing, which would hang around for the rest of the day.
So count me a threading convert. Super quick, gentle on the skin and precise, threading has it all.
For any Melbourne gals keen to give it a go or need a recommendation, I went to (and will keep going to) the ladies at Simply Brows and Lashes, South Yarra.
Do you have your brows threaded? Or do you prefer other methods?