Threading is a popular form of facial hair removal that originated in Eastern countries such as Egypt and India. Threading removes individuals hairs from the hair follicle and is characterized by the precision and speed of the aesthetic professionals that perform this treatment.
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
Threading is a technique for precise hair removal which is why it is typically only used for facial hair such as eyebrows or upper lip hair. Threading differs from waxing in that threading uses a thin (cotton or polyester) thread which is doubled over, twisted, and then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, whereas waxing uses a sticky substance to adhere to and remove hairs. Unlike waxing where entire areas of hair are removed at once, threading can be extremely exact in removing one hair, or a short row or hairs, at a time. There are two different techniques for threading: the hand method and the mouth method. Each method is characterized by where the thread is stabilized during the threading session. Threading allows for a defined and precise shape and can create better definition for eyebrows. It is also used as a method of removing unwanted hair on the entire face and upper lip area. Threading is not a good method for removing hair on arms or legs, as there is too much to remove.
The goal of threading is to remove unwanted facial hair, typically around the eyebrows and other facial areas.
What to Expect
Threading removes individuals hairs from the hair follicle and is typically only performed on the face. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after threading.
- Hair must be at least 1mm in length
- Exfoliate the areas to be threaded
There are two different techniques for threading: the hand method and the mouth method which describe where the thread is stabilized. Both methods will be completed as follows:
- Skin is cleansed
- A thin thread which is doubled over, twisted, and rolled unwanted hair
- Hairs are removed one by one
No recovery is needed after threading. Skin may be red and sensitive following treatment which typically doesn't persist longer than a few hours.
The ideal candidate for threading has unwanted hair on the face and is looking for a method of hair removal that does not involve heat.
Not Recommended For
Threading is not recommended for candidates with cold sores, sunburns, conjunctivitis, psoriasis, or other skin infections. Threading may exacerbate these issues.
Side effects from threading may include temporary redness and sensitivity. Any side effects are typically very minimal and will resolve within a few hours of treatment.