Eyebrow threading is an ancient Indian hair removal method or technique swear by and all that is involved is a piece of cotton thread. The thread will be twisted around the brow artist’s fingers and pulled along the part of unwanted hair in order to get the brow hairs directly from the root of the follicle. It’s completely natural and chemical-free, which is very convenient and always a plus when it comes to skin.
If you’re asking this question, chances are that you’re innocent enough on not knowing eyebrow threading. So let’s be straight to the point.
If you want to know how to do eyebrow threading, read this: How to Thread Eyebrows- a Procedure
Does it hurt or not?
Well, it’s a YES and a NO. With any hair-removal technique there is always going to be a bad side or some discomfort, however, in threading, it is least painful. It’s because the hair will be removed from the root whereas, in waxing, you’re going to feel the pain when the hair is being pulled out plus the added pain of the skin being tugged on and the use of sticky wax on sensitive parts of your skin, which is kinda off.
If you’ve ever tweezed your brows, you can freely think about the feeling of threading as being similar to plucking 5 hair at once. It can kind of hurt but it also subsides just as quickly. It can hurt but if you use a great practitioner, the pain should be minimal.
Discomfort depends on every individual person’s sensitivity in the areas that will be threaded. Just for example, people find the top of their eyebrow being threaded, a lot less painful than the bottom of their brow. Luckily, there is a way to lessen the pain!
When you’re having the under part of your eyebrow threaded, your brow artist will show you how to hold your eyelid closed and stretch your skin with your fingers – a quick tip we have is to hold your skin tightly because the tighter you pull, the lesser the pain you’re going to feel.
You can also ask your practitioner to use a numbing cream which is typically applied 20-30 minutes before the procedure. This should eliminate any of the painful parts of the procedure. But some people are putting powder or oil to the eyebrows for them to feel less pain, though it is not proven yet.
Why do peoples’ eyes water if it doesn’t hurt that much?
Scientifically speaking, our bodies have natural reactions that are stored in us for certain situations that will occur. So if you’ve ever seen someone tearing up during their service, it’s less likely that it is due to the pain or more likely that the body is reacting towards the sensitive areas being threaded.
People who don’t feel any pain while getting their eyebrows threaded have also been known to tear up – it’s just the body’s way of telling you that something’s up and to be aware of it.
If it hurts even a little bit, why do people still choose this method?
It’s such a brilliant question and the best answer is the RESULTS. People get their brow and other facial hair threaded because the results they see can satisfy them enough to continue engaging with this technique.
Why does left eyebrow hurt more than the right?
Weirdly, the left eyebrow is noticeably more painful than the right, though it’s apparently normal according to Tummala. “Most people’s left eyebrow hurts more, and we don’t know why,” she says, “I’ve heard it from clients for years and years, but we can’t figure out a good reason why.” And someone even said that the left side is evil.
What are the benefits we can get with threading?
- It’s indeed chemical free.
- It’s quite fast – an experienced artist can take 7 – 10 mins.
- No liquids or harsh substances involved are being applied to the skin.
- The skin isn’t being tugged and stretched by wax and that can help avoid premature wrinkles and any scarring.
- The hair will be removed straight from the follicle, so your skin stays in place.
- The results are long-lasting.
- Shaping the brows is much easier and more precise than any other brow shaping technique.
- Threading can be done on any parts of the face.
- Threading can remove even the smallest hairs, whereas with waxing you have to wait until the hair grows a certain length in order to have it removed.
In everything we try or do, we can say that discomfort is always present. On the other side, with these discomforts, we can also see the good side of the service which are the results. With the results we’ll get, hoping that it will satisfy us enough to stick with the method and if not, just find another one that can provide our exact need and outcome. Always remember that we are free to explore but we should also be careful and know our limitations.