What is Eyebrow Threading?

Eyebrow Threading
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Eyebrow threading is an ancient Middle Eastern technique that has become quite common in the United States with threading shops popping up in every big city as we speak. Many of the top beauty editors in NYC get their brows threaded rather than waxed.

Eyebrow and lip threading is pretty common in New York City. There are salons that offer threading throughout the city and I get my brows and sometimes my upper lip (more painful than the brows) done in a small salon located in the Rockefeller Center subway station.

It's fast, cheap and precise.

I get my eyebrows threaded instead of waxed for a host of reasons including:

  1. It's much cheaper.
  2. It's less painful.
  3. It's quicker.
  4. It's simpler.
  5. It's more precise.

How does it work? An aesthetician uses a doubled-up strand of cotton thread to twist around individual hairs, then pulls them out from the roots. The procedure is used mainly on the eyebrows and upper lip.

Threading is faster than tweezing. The average eyebrow procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes, while tweezing takes about 20 minutes.

Cost is relatively cheap: it starts at $5. I suggest trying a professional threading job, then maintain your new brow line yourself with tweezers.

More on threading:

  • Hair Threading: Why You Should Try It from About.com's guide to Hair Removal, Naomi Torres.
  • Threading Eyebrows Versus Waxing from Torres.
  • Threading Hair Removal 101 from Torres.
  • Video: Watch the Threading Process in Action.
  • Q&A with top threading expert and CEO of Ziba Beauty, Sumita Batra from About.com's guide to Skincare, Jen Adkins.