Eyebrow threading always seemed like the most excruciating hair removal option available out there. With other less painful alternatives such as waxing and shaving, many still find themselves opting for the former — reason being 1) it quickly and easily removes all hairs and 2) you can do so with absolute precision.
When I was first introduced to threading, I initially felt immense pain. Imagine your hair being ripped out of your skin, removing rows of hair at a go. I was terrified and I started to question why people would put themselves through such agonising pain for their brows. If you do continue the sessions though, the area around your brows start to feel numb to the pain and soon you’ll only feel a small pinch.
In fact, after my session I could see why anyone would be hooked to this and go back as a returning customer — it gives a more precise finish and it’s more gentle on the skin — the irony.
Obviously, now in the context of our overgrown eyebrows, going back to our favourite beauty salons may not be possible because of the temporary closure of shops but there is a way to thread them on your own from the comfort of your home.
A few days ago, I chanced upon this TikTok video while I was browsing through the app. A lady threading her own eyebrows with no help? Evidently, it raised a few eyebrows — pun intended. And so, like many other online beauty trends I’ve seen online, I knew I couldn’t give this one a miss.
There are a few steps that you should take note prior to this. These steps include the following:
Step 1: Make sure the area is clean and free of makeup.
Step 2: Add talc powder on the area that you’d like to thread to soothe your skin and absorb any oils that can make the thread slip while using it.
Step 3: Tie a short piece of thread into a knot — it should be about 20cm long.
Step 4: Twist the string 8 times — making sure that the small side on one end and bigger on the other end.
Step 5: Apply the string in an upward angle on the area that you’d like to thread on. Widen your finger on the smaller end to thread.
Note, that when you’re doing this, it’s best to have someone to help you stretch your skin with because there’s a possibility that you might cut yourself while threading — which happens when the thread catches on your skin as you pull away. This is especially important when you’re threading around the areas beneath your brow bone to reduce the risk of tugging or catching.
I would say that threading your eyebrows on your own would definitely save a lot of time and money on visiting your beauty salons. However, it’s also important to note that threading it by yourself would require a certain level of skill and practice. If you’re not confident about trying it and if you’re afraid of cutting yourself, then I would suggest sticking to your tweezers or waxing kit to groom your brows. It’s also very difficult to get to certain areas so you might find yourself reaching out for your tweezers to clean up your brows even after threading.
Of course, it would also help if you do watch a lot of tutorials online on threading as well to make sure you get the technique down. As a form of practice, you can also try threading off the hair on your legs or even on someone’s hand before attempting to thread your brows.
For me, it took about 2 days to master the technique in front of the mirror. A lot of times I found myself struggling to get into the corners and it was harder to thread the hair beneath my brow bone without being able to stretch it on my own. I would say, threading on your own definitely takes longer than your usual threading session because you have to be wary about threading too much as well as to not thread your skin.
On the pain scale, I would say threading it on your own and having it done professionally would measure up to be the same, with the exception that threading it on your own does feel more painful considering the extended period of time you take threading them on your own.
So would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re planning to pick up a new skill while you’re at home, but if you’re not adventurous enough and you’re afraid of cutting yourself while threading, then it’d be best to wait out till your beauty salons reopen.