Did you know there’s an alternate method to get clean, sleek eyebrows without plucking or waxing? It’s eyebrow threading.
Years ago, my former boyfriend and I went a Mid-Eastern festival where we saw a woman demonstrating eyebrow threading on a volunteer from the crowd.
Using very thin cotton thread (that looked about the size of dental floss), which zig-zagged in a complex web near the woman’s eyebrows, the woman giving the demo deftly moved the string so that individual eyebrows were plucked, one at a time.
I’d never seen or heard of anything like that before in my life. (People sure didn’t do that in the small town where I grew up!)
Years later, I was still fascinated by the idea and decided to try it. I have long bangs, so what’s the worst that could happen?
Looked online for a local eyebrow threading place and found several beauty shops and waxing businesses that did it, as well as an entire storefront business at one of the local malls.
Made an appointment with Jen at Wink Waxing a few miles from my house for a Saturday afternoon and entered the hair/wax/threading salon not knowing what was going to happen. But I brought my trusty friend Cindi — the event photographer — and we were ready for an adventure.
Jen was a pleasant, laid-back woman. She learned threading as part of her training to be an esthetician and said it took about two weeks to become proficient in the threading technique.
I thought the threading would take place in a beautician’s type chair with my head tilted back, but we went into a separate room that is also used for waxing, and she had me lie on a paper-covered medical-type table.
Jen stood to the side to work her magic, and asked me to hold the eyelid down for the eyebrow she was working on to make the skin taut and avoid getting eyelashes in my eye.
The plucking just pinched a tiny little bit — way less than plucking — and the movement of the threads on my forehead was kind of relaxing. My eyes watered a bit but she said that was normal.
After threading one brow, she used a tiny round brush to “sweep” the eyebrow area, then began working on the other brow.
At one point, I asked for a hand mirror to try to see what was happening and was just amazed at how much better my unruly eyebrow looked after she’d finished the first one!
The whole procedure took 15 minutes or less (including the photography) — and cost only $15. My eyebrows are one of the body features I like least – because they’re so highly arched and far away from my eyes (always wanted to have eyebrows like everyone else’s!) – but I was really pleased with the results.
Jen said most people come about once a month after the initial threading to have it touched up.
I’m hooked on it – and I’ll be back! See the “before” and “after” photos below.
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