Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading

The first time I ever had my brows threaded, in NYC circa 2005.

This weekend as I was waiting to have my eyebrows threaded, I realized we had never discussed the practice on Indigo+Canary! Threading is my preferred method of brow shaping and one of my favorite beauty treatments for a few reasons: it’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s (almost) painless, and it’s natural.

The basics
Threading is an ancient technique as you see them that is believed to have originated in the Middle East and South Asia. It uses a single thread to grasp and pull out stray hairs—and it’s super precise. In my experience, it’s also more effective and more gentle than waxing. Plus, the only “products” involved in the process are thread and aloe (to soothe threaded spots), making it a natural treatment.

What it feels like
To me, threading feels like a very quick bee sting—but the pain only lasts for a second (not the same kind of throbbing pain that accompanies a real bee sting). Again, some people are more sensitive than others, so if you think waxing is extremely painful, you may feel the same about threading. There is always a risk of getting your skin caught in the thread (although it’s rare), so be sure to find a threader who properly sanitizes her hands and uses a new piece of thread on each client.

Prices are similar to waxing—I’ve seen threading listed for anywhere from $10 to $20 per treatment. Like waxing, prices vary for other parts of the face: you can also have your neck, upper lip, cheeks, forehead, etc. threaded.

What’s your preferred method of brow maintenance? Have you ever had your brows threaded?  —Aleigh 

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2 Comments on Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading

  1. KellyLove said on

    Aw! I love that pic! You know my threading history – I think I took that pic of you right before I got my brows done. Two girls with red blotchy eyebrows on the subway. What a fun trip!

    I haven’t waxed in years and after regular threading for 5 or 6 years I hardly have to pluck anymore. My dermatologist originally warned me away from waxing – anything that pulls at your skin is not good for your skin, not to mention pore clogging wax. I have yet to find a regular threader here in Austin but I’m still looking (and plucking as needed…which isn’t often). I miss my threader in Charleston! I let her do my whole face once…all the blonde peach fuzz gone and it did make makeup application smoother.

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  2. indigo+canary said on

    Thanks, Kelly! And yes, you definitely took that photo of me…because as I recall you were a bit unsure if you were going to go through with it. 🙂

    I haven’t tried the whole face threading thing yet, although I’m tempted to try the upper lip/chin with my next brow appointment… —Aleigh

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