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What is Eyebrow Threading?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 21, 2024
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Eyebrow threading is a depilation technique which originated in India, although it is also widely practiced in the Middle East. Salons in Western nations offered the service to Middle Eastern clients for decades before European and American women became interested and the popularity of eyebrow threading skyrocketed. The hair removal technique is not just for the eyebrows: threading can be used to remove other facial and body hair as well.

The technique is sometimes listed on salon menus as khite or fatlah, which are both Arabic words for threading. Eyebrow threading involves twisting a piece of thread, usually cotton, into a double strand. This double stranded thread is used to pick up a line of hair and then remove it, creating a very clean, precise hairline. Eyebrow threading is the technique preferred by Indian movie stars, who are often distinguished by their crisp brow lines.

Eyebrow threading can be used to eliminate a unibrow, raise the arch of the eyebrow, or add shape and definition to the brow. Because it removes hair by the follicle, it is a reasonably long lasting hair removal technique as well. Repeat visits after three to four weeks are standard. The technique is also not terribly expensive because it is easy to do quickly and does not require costly chemical ingredients. For women who would like to pursue a more natural beauty regimen, eyebrow threading is a good choice, since it does not use harmful products.

Eyebrow threading is a preferred hair removal technique for a number of reasons. Unlike tweezing or plucking, eyebrow threading removes one clean line of hair all at once, making it much quicker and easier to shape the brows. Eyebrow threading also will not harm the skin like wax and some depilatory creams can. If done correctly, the skin should not be red or irritated for more than a few minutes after the eyebrow threading session. Some aestheticians also find it easier to shape eyebrows using this technique than other methods available.

It is important to find an aesthetician who is experienced at eyebrow threading. Inexperience can result in uneven brows, hair breakage, ingrown hairs, or unnecessary pain. Most urban areas have a wide variety of spas offering eyebrow threading, and many online resources offer reviews of the service, including photographs of clients. If you are unsure about a spa, look for one which is frequented by Middle Eastern and Indian clients with perfect eyebrows.

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Discussion Comments
By anon314860 — On Jan 20, 2013

If you are experiencing pain from threading, then two things I suggest: Find someone well trained - the girls I use are from India and Pakistan. Also, since I'm more mature, they hold my eye skin taut while they perform the threading. There is no pain this way, they follow up with aloe gel, and it's very inexpensive. I've been in a lot more pain from waxing and tweezing any day, and I only use it for clean up.

By anon303994 — On Nov 17, 2012

Threading is terrible! Don't do it, ladies. It makes me and all my friends break out in tiny white bumps like acne. It incredibly painful and makes my eyes twitch when I get it done. The threader completely ruined my beautiful brows.

They are too thin and every time I get threading done, it has a very harsh appearance afterward and looks very unnatural. Just wax or pluck them. Threading is awful and causes terrible breakouts.

By anon284080 — On Aug 08, 2012

I just got my eyebrows threaded today at a kiosk in my local shopping mall. I'm not going to lie: it hurt a lot. My eyes were watering the whole time. However, the results are definitely worth it. It is definitely more painful than waxing (because it lasts for like 10 minutes), but it's better for your skin.

I will definitely be going back. I wouldn't be able to take the pain of a lip thread, so I'm sticking with lip wax.

By anon282377 — On Jul 29, 2012

Eyebrow threading is great but some of us over pluck ours!

By anon260152 — On Apr 09, 2012

I had my eyebrows threaded this past Saturday at our local mall. I had heard about it previously but this time I stopped to watch another lady getting it done. I have waxed, shaved with a straight razor, an eyebrow razor, and plucked with my trusty tweezers, but threading by far is now my favorite! And it did hurt a tad bit, but keep the skin tight and it won't hurt as bad.

Everything is a process and takes time to get used to. I love it, and will be going back whenever the hair grows back. P.S. I threw away all my eyebrow razors! Sincerely, Radcliff, KY

By anon257998 — On Mar 30, 2012

Sorry, but threading didn't work for me. My eyebrows look better with just tweezing or waxing. High arches look strange on some women. Also, threading does hurt like hell, whereas waxing is just one or two pulls and you're done. Three at the most. My personal favorite I think, is just tweezing. It's the best.

By anon256036 — On Mar 20, 2012

Who is calling women (and men) self-indulgent for doing a certain cheap beauty procedure? You have no idea what it's like to grow up in a culture that constantly critiques every single aspect of your body to shreds. You may have an outsider's perspective, but you can't truly know. Yes, male bodies are critiqued too, but not half as much.

So before you start telling us that we're beautiful but also obnoxious, try to understand where we are coming from. Also, some women aren't doing it because of insecurity, but because they simply like how it looks.

By anon253358 — On Mar 09, 2012

A man's comments: I'm surprised how nearly all women don't know how beautiful you all naturally are. You waste so much time and have so much anxiety over your body. Such a turn off and so self-indulgent.

By anon242556 — On Jan 24, 2012

Here's the deal with threading, waxing, plucking, etc.: everyone's skin and eyebrows are different.

Some people are more sensitive to hair removal than others. Personally, I love threading. It hurts me a tad bit, makes my eyes water some, but it's over in five minutes. Sure, the area is a little sore, but the redness quickly fades on me. My friend, however, is quite the opposite. It hurt her tremendously, and left her skin red for a few hours. I always go back to have my eyebrows threaded, but she's sticking to waxing.

Point is, you're going to experience it differently from the next person. Don't condemn eyebrow threading just from reading reviews from people who don't like it; remember that they're different from you. Try it once, and determine how *you* feel about it.

By anon232405 — On Nov 30, 2011

I can't believe how vain you all are, that you would suffer like this to correct a beauty "problem" evident only to yourself. What a waste of time and money!

By anon228803 — On Nov 10, 2011

I had my eyebrows threaded for the first time today and yes, it hurt very much but I'm so pleased with the results, I will definitely have it done again.

Also I was really brave and had my top lip done too, and it hurt and made my eyes water, but what a difference! It is so smooth. It was red for about 20 minutes, but it soon faded. I will have it done again for sure.

I had it done on a stall in the shopping center in wigan and will be going back, they were so nice and kind.

By anon207318 — On Aug 19, 2011

I have gotten my eyebrows threaded one time before, and it was absolutely excruciating. The sensation was so strange and painful.

When it was done, I had huge, swollen, puffy red eyes, but my eyebrows looked great! I'm getting them done again today; hopefully it won't hurt as much the second time!

By anon207162 — On Aug 19, 2011

My first experience was very painful, however, I went to someone else and it was completely painless. If you experienced pain, it's because you went to the wrong person. I refuse to get my eyebrows done any other way now.

By anon205796 — On Aug 13, 2011

I just had it done today, and I say it is not worth it. It's been two hours, and I now have a throbbing headache. To me, I am getting a sudden burn from them every minute, and my skin is still red. It feels like torture, and I would not recommend this.

By hbee — On Jul 19, 2011

I am a threading specialist and to be honest, at first, the experience is painful but the more times you have it done, it becomes less painful. The result of threading is amazing and it lasts a lot longer than waxing and plucking. Also, I do get a lot of customers who do complain that their eyebrows are uneven but no eyebrows are the same, as your eyebrows are your sisters, not your twins. I receive a lot of compliments about my eyebrows on how perfect they are, but to be honest, they aren't, because one of my eyebrows is higher than the other one but others don't notice apart from me.

A good threading specialist would talk to their client about their eyebrows before carrying out the procedure and would make sure their clients are comfortable and it is essential that the skin is tight in order to avoid cuts to the eyebrows. Also, I do have a lot of clients asking if the hairs grow back thicker and the answer to that question is no. Threading takes all the hairs out from the root, whereas plucking only pulls out from the surface, which is most likely to result in ingrown hairs.

I would recommend threading to everyone as it's friendly towards the skin and the hair grows back slow and the more times you have it done, the less hair that will grow back.

By anon193777 — On Jul 06, 2011

I'm a 31 year old male cursed with a unibrow. In my experience, threading depends hugely on the skill of the person doing it. The salon from where I get it done, the owner also does various beauty treatments. When thhe did it a couple of times, it hurt while being done but was fine in minutes, and well done.

Once I went to the salon and the owner was not around. So I let one of the other chaps do the threading, and the area around the cheekbones ended up swollen red and with red bumps, and I had to attend my best friend's birthday party. Lesson: Choose your salon well, and it works wonders.

By anon192514 — On Jul 01, 2011

I've never tried threading, but am a little puzzled by the comments saying "of course you have to have pain to have beauty." Why? I used to get my eyebrows waxed, but found that the skin became red and inflamed, and was just starting to heal by the time I was due for another waxing - not to mention the fact that a bright red, throbbing forehead kind of defeated the whole purpose of having prettily-shaped eyebrows.

Eventually I just started shaving them into shape with a standard razor, and they look great to me. I shape them up about once a week, and it's painless and free.

By anon191454 — On Jun 28, 2011

I was interested in getting threading done and it wasn't that great experience. It hurt very, very much and my eyes were watering when it was done. I was looking forward to it being done.

The woman told me I had "baby-like" skin that was sensitive. I'm not sure if I'll get it done again but from reading other reviews it depends on the skill of the person doing it. My right eyebrow is still the tiniest bit sore and I got them done six hours ago. I'll give it another try and make up my mind then.

By anon188736 — On Jun 21, 2011

Had mine done for the first time today, and paid £9 for it in a little stand in the middle of the shopping mall. I found that it hurt a lot, I was certainly looking forward to it being over, and it made my eyes water majorly. However, the whole process only took ten minutes and the results are amazing! So neat.

Apparently you have to have it done every three weeks, and I will certainly be prepared to go through the pain for that amount of time. I have sensitive skin, too, and it was very red for most of the afternoon but it is now six hours after I had it done and the area is 100 percent back to normal and looking amazing.

By anon187791 — On Jun 18, 2011

I've had my eyebrows threaded a few times now, each time at the booth in the middle of my local shopping center. It takes about 10 minutes. It hurts a little but not too much and lasts about four weeks between visits. It costs me £6 a time. The women doing it are asian and they know what they're doing. They use swabs to wipe the brows as they do it and ask me at various stages throughout if I'm OK and discuss everything with me.

My brows look and feel amazing and I'm a happy girl afterward. I'd definitely recommend it.

By anon177195 — On May 17, 2011

i got my eyebrows threaded three days ago! they look amazing and it doesn't hurt at all!

By shanee — On May 13, 2011

last time i was waxed it got bad red so i decided to try threading. Well, getting my eyebrows threaded was the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life! the stupid woman messed my eyebrows up horribly and it is going to take years for the hair to grow back! My left eyebrow is completely gone bald and the right one is luscious and full. Do not do it. You will regret it!

I had to have my one eyebrow shaved off for surgery and it took me four years to grow it back, and now it is completely destroyed. i think from now on i am going to risk having my skin pulled off by wax.

threading should not exist at all. It is awful. Do not do it, or you will only have one eyebrow, like me!

By anon170849 — On Apr 27, 2011

i am allergic to threading as i get some small pimples two days after threading. Please tell me something to minimize this.

By anon167987 — On Apr 14, 2011

Probably 90 percent of the time, if your eyebrow threading hurt a lot, the person doing it was not good at it. When I first started threading I learned on my self and a girlfriend. It hurt us both for a while, until I learned how to do it so it didn't hurt much.

We both noticed how with practice and care I got better and better at threading without hurting the person I was threading. So, if your threading hurt a lot, your threader probably doesn't care to learn the right way to do it, and you should find someone who does.

By Mismo — On Apr 13, 2011

I am so sensitive and allergic to eyebrow waxing that this discussion is a real treat. I didn't really know what eyebrow treading was. A booth has turned up in our local center so now I'll give it a try.

By anon165811 — On Apr 06, 2011

I just got my eyebrows done for the first time a week ago, and they look good. it hurt just a little but i will be back when needed.

By anon164745 — On Apr 02, 2011

I am a 56 year old woman. since I was a teenager i always wanted my eyebrows shaped. i discovered threading five years ago and i love it. It has no side effects on me.

By anon163929 — On Mar 29, 2011

I had my eyebrows threaded for first time a month ago and I love the results. It is painful but it is a much nicer look than waxing.

By anon162081 — On Mar 22, 2011

Is there any regulations regarding the pop-up sort of threading bar that appears in shopping malls? I ask because recently I had my eyebrows threaded and not only was it painful, but the person doing it has left one eyebrow thinner and shorter then the other.

Also, straight away, I had angry, red rash above and below my eyebrows which eventually calmed down after a week (and plenty of aloe vera) but it has left me with puckered and marked skin. This happened three weeks ago and I feel I have ruined my skin and my eyebrows. Had I known this can happen I would never have had this done.

By anon159331 — On Mar 11, 2011

I had my brows threaded today for the first time at a walk up stand in the mall. I usually have them waxed. It was great! It definitely hurts less than waxing however it does still hurt and the hurt lasts longer as it takes the technician longer to thread than wax.

I was very pleased with how many hairs the threading removed as when I've had brows waxed before they haven't addressed above the brow or the hairs to the side. Will certainly be going back when I need them done again.

By anon156029 — On Feb 25, 2011

I had my eyebrows threaded yesterday, and it was the worst pain I have ever experienced. I have tattoos and piercings, a high pain tolerance, I enjoy getting my eyebrows waxed and think it's relaxing. But this, I had to stop myself from hitting the woman it hurt so bad.

Tears were falling down my face, I started having a panic attack, couldn't breathe. It felt like long paper cuts happening over and over again.

What I read is some people say it's doesn't hurt and some say it's the worst pain ever. I suppose it could depend on the person who does it, but I never ever, ever, ever want to experience that pain again so I will not be giving it another shot. You couldn't pay me to have that done again.

My eyebrows look great, but it's nothing that I haven't had happen when I have had them waxed. Not worth the pain, at all. They are still sore today.

By anon154654 — On Feb 21, 2011

I just got my eyebrows threaded for the first time today and I was super impressed! It definitely did not hurt more than waxing and was way faster than tweezing. Also, my eyebrows have a tendency to be flat but the lady I went to gave them beautiful shape! I would definitely recommend it, and I plan on going back!

By anon154142 — On Feb 19, 2011

I had threading removal today for the first time. I've always gotten by eyebrows waxed before. Threading didn't hurt nearly as much as waxing. and my eyes didn't burn from the chemicals of waxing. I don't tolerate pain very well and won't be going back to waxing.

By anon150338 — On Feb 07, 2011

I had it done about a month ago. It was extremely painful! Definitely not worth it for me. I won't ever have that procedure done again.

By anon150235 — On Feb 07, 2011

My sister had never had threading done on herself before, but she'd seen the Just StringZ place at her mall in the Dallas area. My family was visiting for Christmas, so she wanted to take my daughters and me there to have our eyebrows done. It was a horrible, painful experience!

I hardly ever curse, but I sure as heck did then. And it was all I could do to refrain from getting up out of the chair before the lady was through. I only suffered through it out of respect for my sister, since she was paying for it.

I was planning to tell her there was no way I was going to have my daughters, who are 11 and 14, suffer through that kind of torture. However, it was too late. By the time the lady was finished with me, the workers had already started on them. They finished my 14 year old right after me, and she was extremely ticked off, to say the least. The lady was trying to finish up on my 11 year old who was trying so hard not to cry, but not succeeding. I promised her that if she could get through it somehow, I'd make sure she was never taken back to that place ever again.

I held her hands, and she squeezed so tight my fingers went numb. When she was done, she was so upset, I had to hold her for a while. Initially, there was a lot of redness (just like you get from waxing) that took several hours to go away. But then, to make a bad experience worse, our eyebrows didn't look much different than before we'd had the procedure! In fact, the day after, my daughters thought their eyebrows looked worse, because they didn't look the same (such as one eyebrow was shorter than the other, etc.) My 14 year old also developed bumps where the hairs had been pulled out. It took several days for them to go away, and she was embarrassed to go to school because of it.

I know one thing for a fact. There's no way we will ever have that type of procedure done on us again (at that place or any other). We'll take plucking, trimming with scissors, or even waxing any day over that.

By anon149344 — On Feb 03, 2011

Eyebrow threading does not hurt as bad as some are saying. Yes, it's relatively painful if you've never done waxing or plucking, but if you have then I believe the pain is hand and hand with waxing if not a little better.

The results are great and if a person knows what they are doing, it's a lot easier for them to nail the identical comparison of both eyebrows. There is little to no redness so you can literally walk away without feeling ashamed to complete your errands for the day. Definitely recommend threading to anyone who hasn't tried it!

By anon149165 — On Feb 03, 2011

Eyebrow threading is the most amazing thing ever! I've had it done twice and let me tell you: it's the future! i would like to get my upper lip done. has anyone had it done yet? how painful is it?

By anon146513 — On Jan 26, 2011

I've done waxing and threading. Hello! They both hurt! I did notice that when threading the eyebrows look much cleaner and defined as where waxing is painful the shape comes out round and they still have to use tweezers to get the small hairs. Threading is the way to go. Women let's stop being babies. no pain no gain! Beauty has its price.

By anon143138 — On Jan 15, 2011

No way, threading. It's so painful. Can't stand it and brings tears to my eyes. Waxing is the way to go!

By anon143136 — On Jan 15, 2011

Eyebrow threading is painful, painful, very painful. I prefer waxing it since waxing is not painful for me. Running a sharp thread on sensitive areas like facial skin can be damaging to say the least.

And I couldn't stand the pain I ended up crying when it was done. Waxing is the way to go! Maybe a little threading after that for shape, but waxing is the best for the actual process!

By anon140647 — On Jan 08, 2011

Eyebrow threading is great!It gives me definition and frames my face nicely.Plus i love how in the morning it looks like i have make up on as my eyebrows are so nicely shaped! I'm blessed to have medium to thick eyebrows that are dark so i don't have to fill them in. It does hurt but you get used to it as they say 'Pain is gain'! The trick is to try maintain the shape as they do grow back differently.

By anon137921 — On Dec 29, 2010

I had mine done today. This is my third time I believe and let me tell you it hurts! Some people are better at tolerating pain than others though and as you do it more and more it hurts less and less.

The results are perfect, way better than waxing or plucking. Threading gives you a beautiful shape to your eyebrows. My eyebrows are naturally arched, but threading helps my eyebrows look less fuzzy and more appealing.

By anon136446 — On Dec 22, 2010

Had my first eyebrow threading experience today and I must say that I am very happy with the results! I must admit that I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to tolerating pain, but this was way better than having them waxed! They look better, too! Seriously, I urge anyone to have a go!

By anon127170 — On Nov 15, 2010

I am used to having my legs waxed but am unsure about threading- does it hurt more, or less?

By anon126429 — On Nov 12, 2010

It's been about four years since I've been getting my eyebrows threaded and every time I feel amazed at how nice they look and feel. The one thing I hate is that I have really thick dark eyebrows and I have to wait two weeks to get them done and by then the hair is really noticeable. The same thing is with my upper lip. I highly recommended threading.

By anon119597 — On Oct 18, 2010

I had threading done for the first time last week. Yeah it was a bit sore - but what kind of eyebrow thing isn't! The result afterward was fab! I am converted after one try - $8 per session. I'll be doing it every month! I'm converted!

By anon107684 — On Aug 31, 2010

I've never had my eyebrows waxed or threaded, however I am considering the threading. If I usually pluck my eyebrows, do I need to let the hair grow a bit before having the threading procedure done?

By anon107255 — On Aug 29, 2010

how old do you have to be to thread your eyebrows?

By anon106307 — On Aug 25, 2010

i have been getting my brows waxed since i was 12 and i have very dark, thick coarse hair. i usually swell a little and get redness when i wax and i usually break out a little, and yesterday i got them threaded for the first time and i just went a little pink for a few minutes and it was pretty much painless and my brows have never looked so good! Love, love love the results!

Threading is way better than tweezing or waxing. i find with tweezing it's so easy to get over zealous and hack notches into your brows rather than an arch. and waxing either takes too much hair or too little and causes me to break out in little bumps after.

By anon105811 — On Aug 22, 2010

I've heard the pros and cons of getting my eyebrows threaded. I haven't tried it yet, but i really want to. I've never plucked or waxed or done anything like that, ever.

I'm just wondering, since I'm not used to doing anything else if it will hurt more for me because of that. please let me know.

By anon105369 — On Aug 20, 2010

I had threading done the other day for the first time. I definitely recommend it. Unlike waxing, it wasn't a stressful process.

As far as pain, I didn't think it was a big deal. Sort of feels like pulling apart velcro.

By anon101423 — On Aug 03, 2010

Had my brows threaded for the first time today -- wonderful experience. Of course it hurts a little; they're ripping hair from your head! It was bearable though, and i now have amazing shaped brows in less than five minutes!

By anon96558 — On Jul 16, 2010

I have been getting my eyebrows threaded since I was 17 (I am 24 now), and started getting my upper lip done around 19. I love it.

Getting your brows done isn't so bad pain-wise if you pluck (if you don't pluck or at least not regularly, it's probably going to hurt), but the upper lip is, in my opinion, worse than getting a tattoo. I have an extremely high tolerance for pain, but it hurt tremendously. But you get used to it after a few times.

I pay 8 dollars for both my brows and upper lip, plus a small tip. I don't always get the same lady at the salon I go to, so there have been times where they've taken off too much of my eyebrows or made them too thin. It's all trial-and-error. My eyebrows are naturally straight, but I always request an arch.

I will never wax. It pulls on your skin, which, with age, will only make you look worse. I still bleach my upper lip in between visits (I go about once a month) and do a little brow-plucking, just to maintain.

By anon95467 — On Jul 12, 2010

Had threading today for the first time and it was excruciatingly painful. Never again.

By anon94356 — On Jul 08, 2010

I like eye threading and would recommend it to any woman. It is true that doing it for the first time can be painful but once you get used to it, you would want to do it all the time. it is far better than waxing and plucking.

By anon92153 — On Jun 26, 2010

I had my eyebrows threaded at the local mall last year. The girl doing the procedure was very young (20 tops) and very nice. Unfortunately, the experience was one I'll not soon repeat. I had to sit way back in the chair, holding my skin taut with my arms in some awkward and uncomfortable positions.

The sensation of being threaded was as if she were dragging a hot razor across my brow. First it stung (which I expected), then it burned, then the pain became seriously unreal. I have a high tolerance for pain, and this nearly made me vomit.

She spent about eight minutes per eye. I was left with a pretty arch, but completely marred by ugly red welts under each brow. I'll stick to plucking.

By anon91722 — On Jun 23, 2010

I live in NYC and recently tried eyebrow threading at paul labrecque salon on the upper west side and was amazed at the technique! It's so precise compared to waxing and tweezing. The girl gave me the most beautiful shape i've ever seen. Wish I had known about this sooner.

By anon90596 — On Jun 16, 2010

I really want to try this treading thing. I have found the location of where to get them done an all but I'm scared it's going to hurt. Is there a lot of pain?

By anon89370 — On Jun 09, 2010

I'm a girl who has very thick eyebrows. I don't think I've met anyone with eyebrows like mine: thick, long hairs, and sparse growing, meaning I have extraneous little hairs growing above and below my brow line.

My eyebrows also look very short and the hairs thin out halfway through the brow line making it seem like I have no eyebrows after the middle part of the line. I tried eyebrow threading for the first time today and I must say, I love, love the results! Not only is it super clean, but my eyebrows now have a defined shape and they look longer too! So to anon88079, yes eyebrow threading can definitely fix your problems. I urge you to try it!

By anon88814 — On Jun 07, 2010

My daughter recommended this technique to me and after trying it I must say it's the one for me. Waxing and plucking are over. I've suggested trying it to my friends. The sensation is different but very tolerable. Ladies don't be afraid, you'll love the results!

By anon88079 — On Jun 02, 2010

I am used to plucking my eyebrows, and the beginning of my eyebrow is a little thick, then they go really small and are not long at the end at all. it's like i have no eyebrows after the middle. I would really like to get them fixed. could threading my eyebrows make them look like "real" eyebrows? -Kristin

By anon86561 — On May 25, 2010

I got my brows threaded for the first time today and I will not be going back to waxing. Love it.

By anon81479 — On May 01, 2010

It has been a week since I had my first threading experience, and my throat looks terrible, I have pimples all over and very painful!

By anon80393 — On Apr 27, 2010

I started getting my brows threaded about four years ago. I love the look, so clean and precise. I have had the opportunity to have them done in Chicago, IL (10.00); Hamilton, NJ (5.00) and Raleigh, NC (5.00). The prices varied, but the results were always consistently beautiful. Thank you to my Indian friend who introduced me to the service.

By anon78246 — On Apr 17, 2010

I just had my eyebrows threaded (at the mall) and they look great. It was not what i would call painful. A little pinch, but nothing that i could not stand.

By anon76648 — On Apr 11, 2010

I just had my eyebrows threaded at a mall in Corpus Christi, Texas. We were just wasting time before our flight. I've never thought that I had enough eyebrows to get arched but they look wonderful. I told my husband "I look cute". Now I just have to find some place in Kansas City to get them done!

By anon75106 — On Apr 05, 2010

For those who say they are getting bruised and bleeding: you are not getting them done right. I have extremely sensitive skin and I get my whole face threaded. I am never left with anything more than redness for about 10 minutes.

It sounds to me like you are not holding the skin taut while having them done. This happened to me when I attempted to thread my eyebrows myself.

Always remember to wash and tone after threading!

By anon75065 — On Apr 05, 2010

I have gotten my eyebrows threaded three times now and I have to say that it is the best thing ever.

There is pain, but if you can stand waxing and tweezing, then you can definitely handle this. I may be biased because I'm Indian, but I think that threading is the best way to get your eyebrows done.

You get an amazing shape that lasts a good amount of time. There is a salon close by where I live that has threading for $6. You definitely have to try it!

By anon74801 — On Apr 04, 2010

I have been having trouble doing my eyebrows. i have to get up early before my children get up, just so I've got time to pencil my eyebrows, and sometimes one is bigger then the other, and looks too dark. i always get asked, "What have you done to your eyebrows?" Well, i don't feel too good after that. I started thinking, how can i get this problem fixed?

By anon73365 — On Mar 26, 2010

I would usually pluck my eyebrows, but they never really had a shape to them. But today i finally experienced threading and let me tell you all: it is the greatest thing when it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair. It wasn't really painful -- just a little uncomfortable.

My eyebrows look absolutely gorgeous. I can't stop looking at them!

By anon70367 — On Mar 13, 2010

had eyebrow threading for first time today. will absolutely do it again. Also had upper lip "moustache" and even though it smarted because that is a sensitive area, I will do it again also.

By anon69228 — On Mar 07, 2010

Had mine done for the first time today and it will be the only way I will ever have my eyebrows done again! Virtually painless, fast and they look great! My daughter and two of my granddaughters had theirs done also and they all were quite happy with the results.

By anon68978 — On Mar 05, 2010

I agree. I usually get my eyebrows waxed by a professional and never get the shape I want. The lady I went to for threading gave me the most beautiful shape I have ever had and am getting many compliments as well. I find the pain is very close to waxing, just a different sensation and the price is more reasonable too. I recommend everyone to turn to threading.

By anon67717 — On Feb 26, 2010

I had my eyebrows threaded today. Normally I go and get them waxed but the threading has just given the most beautiful result. They look so clean and neat I love them. I highly recommend threading to anyone out there. It doesn't or at least shouldn't really hurt.

By anon66958 — On Feb 22, 2010

i had my eyebrows threaded saturday in a mall by an indian woman. it was very painful and it is now monday and I am still sore. i have very bruised and swollen eyebrows and they look awful.

the shape is lovely but i would not recommend anyone getting it done. The lady who did it said it would look better than waxing but i beg to differ, and will definitely go back to my normal waxing salon next time.

By anon66744 — On Feb 21, 2010

Be aware that the removal of hair can only be done by a licensed cosmetologist, in the state in which they are working. They must be licensed by the state board of cosmetology. If they do not have a valid Cosmetology license visible, choose another salon that offers the service. This ensures that a trained professional is working on you, and is following state regulated safety and sanitation requirements!

By anon65604 — On Feb 14, 2010

Eyebrow threading is amazing! It's widely used in India where it originated and it really gives your eyebrows a great shape and makes them look way more polished and sophisticated than when you get them waxed!

Fortunately i live in a very Indian populated area and get them done for only $5 and I always get tons of compliments.

By anon64049 — On Feb 04, 2010

I had my eyebrows threaded for the first time today! It does not really hurt. They came out so good! It feels like ripping a band-aid off an area with a lot of hair. Of course the first time is a little painful because it's something you're not used to. I will get it done again!

By anon63639 — On Feb 02, 2010

I just did the threading for the first time today it was a little painful but the end result was fabulous. My eyebrows finally look even something i could not accomplish with tweezing or even wax. I loved it and would definitely go back again.

By anon61959 — On Jan 23, 2010

I am 60 years old with thick dark eyebrows that are starting to get unruly. I can't see to properly pluck my brows anymore. Had them threaded today. Loved it, the woman gave them a beautiful shape. Just a little stinging sensation, nothing bad. will definitely have it done again. Cost was $11 in the mall.

By anon60852 — On Jan 16, 2010

I just had my eyebrows threaded and it was the most painful experience I've had in a long time. It was all I could do to get through one eye, let alone the second one. The results were great, but personally, I would never do it again.

My brows felt like they were bleeding for several hours afterwards. I had it done at a mall store by an Indian woman. Definitely not for me!

By browdiva — On Jan 14, 2010

Eyebrow threading ruined my eyebrows. They got all thinned out and never grew back right. I thought all hope was lost until I came across Brow Diva Eyebrow Makeup. It really has helped get me through a really awkward time. -Deanna

By anon60399 — On Jan 13, 2010

Article never answered the question of exactly what it is.

By anon57105 — On Dec 20, 2009

My Asian friend introduced me to threading as she always complained about the mess i made using tweezers. It was painless and quick and i have stunning eyebrows now -- the ones i always wanted. I would and have recommended it, as it gives great results. If you are having a painful experience then you are not having it done right!

By anon54770 — On Dec 02, 2009

its absolutely amazing! I have brooke shields type eyebrows, very thick. With threading they come out naturally beautiful. It does not hurt at all and its quick.

By anon54630 — On Dec 01, 2009

Love threading! I had my brows waxed once and had a bad experience that left me with blisters. Never again. Threading does hurt a bit but it is quick and looks so nice! I am blonde with fine hair so once every three to four weeks works for me. I am hooked!

By anon53365 — On Nov 20, 2009

Eyebrow threading is the greatest thing besides baked bread. The pain factor is minimal and it is more accurate then waxing or tweezing. I would recommend it to anyone.

By anon52771 — On Nov 17, 2009

dlaneh, Yes threading does remove the hair from the follicle, and it is different from waxing in that it gives a more clean, perfect shape to the brow than does waxing.

Hair does grow much slower when threading because it does not irritate the skin and putting toner over the area you threaded helps close the pores left open from the hair removal.

By anon45268 — On Sep 15, 2009

I have blonde, barely there eyebrows which look ridiculous to me. Is threading something that could help or should I just keep using my light brown eye pencil?

By anon42626 — On Aug 22, 2009

here's a tip for those who get "pimples" after threading! exfoliate the day before threading (remove dead skin, etc), wash face again prior to threading (keep pores clear from the day's oil and dirt), immediately wash and tone face after threading (clean pores again to close pores), exfoliate regularly thereafter (but only 2 days after threading because the skin will be real delicate the first 2 days!)

threading sans pimples! :D

By anon39974 — On Aug 05, 2009

I have been getting my eyebrows done for about 2 years. I hate waxing because it takes the skin off and I think it is unsanitary. Some places to not use a new stick every time they dip. Eeww. But the place I go is great and fast. It hurts but no more than wax or plucking. They do a great job and its only $5. But I usually tip between $2 and $5 because the service is great.

By anon38837 — On Jul 28, 2009

Eyebrow threading is the best way to get you eyebrows done because when you wax them its taking part of your skin off every time.

By anon37192 — On Jul 17, 2009

Does the thread stay in her mouth the whole time? Aren't we talking about saliva going down the thread that's on your brow?

By anon36255 — On Jul 10, 2009

Heard about threading from a friend about a year ago. Got it done for the first time today. Not painful at all if you have some pain tolerance. Eyebrows look great. Some redness for a few minutes. Pretty good price (only $9). Definitely will do again.

By anon36151 — On Jul 10, 2009

Okay so I just moved to the Middle East and until today, had never heard of threading. (Guess because I grew up in rural areas of the U.S.) Anyhow, the after effects were nice and it is definitely a clean and crisp brow line. Unfortunately I was in so much pain, it took all I could do to let the lady do my right eyebrow. I don't know if she was just bad at it or if this is normal pain. I definitely feel like it will last longer than a waxing or plucking by the way the skin feels, but am not sure if I am brave enough to find out if the pain was a fluke.

By anon35753 — On Jul 07, 2009

yes dear, it grows slower than wax and gives fine, perfect shape as you want. thick, thin, arch.I have doing threading for 8 years and everybody was amazed to see there perfect shaped eyebrows.

You should go for it, at least once, you ll definitely amazed

By anon35628 — On Jul 06, 2009

I had mine done and it was wonderful. No pain and so fast. I hope that I can continue to get this done. There is a kiosk in both of our malls. $10.00 for a fast pain free way to look great.

By specialk01 — On Apr 20, 2009

I tried the eyebrow threading for the first time and it was the best decision ever. My eyebrows look thicker and fuller. It only cost me $10. It's just as painful as waxing but well worth it. I love my eyebrows.

By anon29244 — On Mar 29, 2009

I was always scared to try eyebrow threading, but I'm glad I did. First of all, it was only $10, which is much cheaper than waxing. The only painful part was on the bottom side of the arch, but even that was less painful than waxing. I didn't have any problems. There is very little redness and no irritation. If you're going to go for the first time, have a friend go with you. I definitely plan on going back in 4 weeks!

By anon28442 — On Mar 16, 2009

I got my brows threaded for the 1st time today. It was very painful, no bruising or long lasting redness and beautiful results. I am not sure if I am brave enough to do it again.

By anon27663 — On Mar 03, 2009

I had my eyebrows done by threading today and never want to go back to the wax and the plucking.

It didn't hurt a tiny bit and I didn't even have any redness afterward, plus my eyebrows look great.

By lolartistry — On Feb 05, 2009

bframe~ I did it to myself at home. I learned it by watching some instructional lessons online. All you have to search for is "eyebrow threading". It takes a little bit of practice at first. You just have to make sure that you don't pinch your skin. Oh, and you might want to get some gloves so that the thread doesn't cut your fingers.

By anon25710 — On Feb 02, 2009

I had my first eyebrow threading today and I loved the results!! I used to get my eyebrows waxed and would also pluck them but they *do not* compare to eyebrow threading. It was not painful, in fact, I think waxing is worse. The area was red just a few minutes after the woman was done. My eyebrows look beautiful. I have never had them look this good. I would recommend this to any woman who wants beautiful, shaped eyebrows. Also, is is *very* inexpensive, costing me only $6.

By bframe — On Jan 30, 2009

Can anyone tell me where you go to be taught this art of khite. do you go to a cosmetology school to take a class? I would like to get to do this for employment. I live in Lorain Ohio

By lolartistry — On Oct 09, 2008

I just started threading today. I tried it on myself. It is sooo much quicker than tweezing or waxing. It even got the short ones and the ones I didn't even know were there. Ya know the thin almost see-through ones that only show up under certain light. Best thing about it is that there is virtually no preparation. And how much does a spool of string cost? $1-$2. The only complaint I have is that it kind of hurt my hands. Maybe I need some gloves or something.

By anon19181 — On Oct 07, 2008

Eyebrow threading is just awesome....It changed my look...and im looking hot now with those arched sharp brows...

By anon19066 — On Oct 05, 2008

What do you have to do to prepare for brow threading? Do you have to let your brow grow out first?

By CosmoGirl — On Sep 27, 2008

Hey girls, I watched a threading video in my cosmetology class that was really good.

By anon18348 — On Sep 20, 2008

ahhh i just got my eyebrows threaded today.

I thought it'd be painful, but it was really enjoyable lol. Although, it did hurt when they were doing it near my eyelid. That hurt a lot. But my results were amazingggg.

By CTthreader — On Sep 06, 2008

Just to let everybody know, you do not have to be from another country to be good at eyebrow threading! Some people can do it, some people can't, just like anything else!

By anon17692 — On Sep 04, 2008

I have a friends mother who is an experienced "threader"... she taught me and my best friend today and we have been practicing on each other for days lol... we started with areas like legs that we could not really mess up and now we do each others eye brows! We have gotten so good we can do one eye brow in about 2 minutes which is a lot shorter than tweezers and gets all those "white" hairs... I love it! It is no more painful than tweezing, as far as waxing goes that is great for large areas.

By anon17032 — On Aug 20, 2008

i think who ever got bruising went to a bad person...i have been getting it done for a year now threading that is and it is not painful really at all and if you turn red usually gone within 15 mins and hair doesn't grow back fast at all!!

By anon17019 — On Aug 20, 2008

This lady I know is Really Good. She use to take zip..zip..zip.. done may be 2 min. for my Eyebrows.

By anon16695 — On Aug 12, 2008

Wow, I'm totally surprised by some of the comments saying it was painful. I'm wondering if they went to someone experienced. I have been doing threading for almost a year now. From day one, I was in love. It's so quick, painless, inexpensive and it is a cleaner look than waxing. I would never wax my facial hair again!

By anon16302 — On Aug 03, 2008

Hey Gals, I had this fabulous experience and can’t wait to share it with you. I saw this write-up about eyebrow threading in 2 articles in S Section of the Sun Herald in May and June this year and decided to give it a try at the parlour they recommended. I walked into the establishment a sceptic and left as a convert. The girls there were extremely professional and boy, I’m never going back to waxing to remove facial hair!

By anon14590 — On Jun 19, 2008

i have been threading my eye brows for 8 years im 23 now i am a hair dresser and i also thread eye brows and do with the plucker and waxing i think that eye brow threading is better then waxing because you can get the shape you want when doing with the thread but with waxing it's pretty hard to get the shape you want and they grow back more bushy with threading you can thread them even if they are small little hairs but with waxing you would have to wait until they are long and no one want to have bushy long eye brows why wait do it when there small with threading trust me its way better but god blessed me with very nice arched eye brows and thick black ones i can shape them very well and i get so many comments asking me where do you do your eye brows so why wait go try it....

By anon14071 — On Jun 09, 2008

OMG. I have tried threading a few different times and it was the most horrible experience in my life. My eye brows bled and bruised, I had white bumps all over the eye brow area. Sorry, going back to waxing any day!!!!

By anon12908 — On May 15, 2008

I got my eyebrows threaded for the very first time and it was so painful that I wanted to punch somebody. It was all worth it. It lasts much longer than any other method.

By anon10873 — On Apr 04, 2008

I had my first eyebrow threading last week. They look terrific now but my lids were swollen and bruised for a couple of days and it was painful. It is cheaper than waxing but I think I'll stick to waxing.

By anon8904 — On Feb 24, 2008

I've heard there are place you can get your leg and pubic hair threaded what is that like ? Is it more uncomfortable than say having someone wax you?

By olittlewood — On Dec 28, 2007

is there any sort of certification an aesthetician has to have to perform this procedure?

By anon3432 — On Aug 29, 2007

I used to wax my brows and was introduced to threading by a friend who asked the local "threader" for lack of a better word to our womens' group. My eyebrows are fairly thick but I'm blessed with a very nice arch so its a matter of just thinning my brows. It was a little painful, not really anymore painful than waxing. The results are a far cry better. This lady was really good too! She was able to give a few of my friends with thin wisps for eyebrows definition. I also appreciated that I didn't get those nasty red bumps that wax can give you, not to mention they use fresh thread for each customer as opposed to that nasty popsicle stick stewing in hot wax all day..one only knows the germs that are cooking in that hot pot! Try threading!

By anon1953 — On Jun 21, 2007

My Eyebrow threading Experience

The hairy truth about the depilatory process--- ripping body hair out from when it grows-

that is a constant battle against nature. But if you insist on attacking follicles in high-maintenance areas, such as your eyebrows, chin, Lips and temple area, you should know about the newest trend in hair removal: Threading, A Indian hair removal method that is actually centuries old.

Now you are wondering how it’s done? The threader Sangita (Indian Girl)rigs a stand of cotton thread through her fingers and teeth, creating a triangle with some wound thread on one side, for torsion. Using just the right amount of pressure and proper rhythm, then runs the string along the surface of the skin. The wound –up end acts as a spring, causing the triangle of thread to open and close, catching onto hairs and pulling them out from the root. It is a simple concept, but threading requires training to get it right.

By anon1847 — On Jun 18, 2007

I recently tried eyebrow threading and I am a complete wax convert!! The process was much cheaper for my eyebrow/upper lip, didn't have any waxes/creams/gels to have an allergic reaction to, and my skin wasn't even red afterward. I definitely recommend this to anyone!

By dianeh — On Apr 21, 2007

Does eyebrow threading remove the hair from the follicle any differently than waxing? Does the hair grow back slower than waxing?

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