By Naomi Gurney
Threading hair is an ancient method commonly practiced in Eastern countries, like Egypt and India, and is becoming very popular around the world. Threading removes the entire hair follicle, lasting up to 6 weeks and is safe for even the most sensitive skins.
It works when a cotton thread is pulled along unwanted hair, in a twisting motion, it traps hair in a mini lasso, and lifts it right out of the follicle It’s extremely sanitary. Nothing but the thread touches the skin, and it’s thrown away after use. Threading has an amazing ability to be so concise. It’s sworn by people who say they can never get their eyebrows even, despite tweezing, waxing or sugaring. It’s very fast, and the discomfort is similar to tweezing, but the process is much, much quicker.
Some frequently asked questions:
How long does it take ? It can take anywhere from 10 – 40 minutes depending on how much area of the face is being threaded. A normal eyebrow shape and tidy is around 10 minutes.
Do you experience redness or swelling?
Some people do experience slight redness or swelling. If redness or swelling does occur, it is generally gone within 30 mins. A soothing gel is applied after the treatment to reduce the redness. It’s not that common but some people may experience tiny spots which will go within a matter of days.
Can men have their eyebrows and face threaded?
Threading is becoming ever more popular for men nowadays, as they aim to get rid of their uni-brow, or just want to tame them. Threading the top end of the cheeks and forehead for men seems to be the most popular. However, we wouldn’t advise on threading the upper lip or beard area.
Can sensitive skins have threading?
Yes, this is the ideal hair removal system for sensitive skins. Unlike waxing that rips and burns the skin, threading only grabs at the hairs and doesn’t touch the skin. The only thing that i have learnt from my years of threading is just be careful with the pre and after thread creams. On very sensitive skin i only use talc.
General prices for threading?
Salons vary on pricing. A normal eyebrow tidy can range between R40 and R100 depending on where you go.
How do I know where to go to find a good threading therapist? Threading is a skill and its not easily done. Most colleges offer day courses which really isn’t suffient. Always go to someone that has been threading for more than 2 years or generally specialises in it. Unfortunately salons these days prefer to see the money over experience.
Any disaster stories?
With any beauty treatments there are risks. Most of the time this is because of in experienced therapists or a lack of training. The only risks of threading is the therapist taking too much hair off at a time or cutting the skin when stregthing is not applied. This is not comman amongst experience threaders. Remember it’s the eyebrows that frame your face and are integral to the overall good looks of an individual.