It is interesting that even though
threading was said to originate in
the Middle East, a unibrow was
popular during Iran’s Qajar from
1785–1925 for men and women,
being seen as a symbol of virility
for men and purity for women. 1
It was not until the dawn of the
20th century that threading came
into popularity for both men
and women in the Middle East.
Regardless of where it started,
threading has made its way to the
Western beauty market as a safe
and easy form of hair removal.
Facial threading includes:
1. Taking a cotton or polyester
2. Doubling it so it resembles
an X or a technician will
sometimes leave one end in
their mouth, and
3. Twisting and doubling the
thread so that the hair
removal can begin.
The benefits of threading are
that it inflicts little pain, is a quick
hair removal method and allows for
Precision. This is a great
technique for precision, as you
can achieve a defined look with
threading. Threading is, in a
way, a combination of tweezing
and waxing, in that it allows
the technician to pull out either
Threading is possible with a hands-only technique.
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a single hair or a row of hair.
Threading is especially popular for
the eyebrows, as it gives a clean,
Pain. Threading is often less
painful than waxing or tweezing.
Clients with sensitive skin may not
be able to be waxed, and this offers
them a nice alternative. I specialize
in and enjoy performing waxing,
but it can be painful. The wax is
hot and you then have to use good
pressure to make sure that the hair
adheres to the wax.
Time. Without a doubt, waxing
is the quickest form of hair
removal, but threading comes in a
close second. A seasoned threader
should have a client in and out in
about 10–20 minutes.
Threading is definitely a learned
technique and requires skill.
Threading is hard to do, and it
takes a lot of practice to get the
technique down. Clients should
be confident that anyone who
threads their eyebrows has devoted
a significant amount of time and
hard work to mastering the skill.
SAFETY AND SANITIZATION
As with all services, there are
contraindications for performing
threading, such as cold sores,
severe acne, sunburns, diabetes,
conjunctivitis, psoriasis, boils or
moles. Threading near cold sores,
boils and acne would actually
spread the bacteria, which would
move from one area to another on
With sanitization being an
important part of infection control
in esthetics and many other fields,