Threading Hair Removal
Hair threading originated in Eastern culture in countries like India and Egypt. More recently this has been a practice which has been passed on to people in the West. Threading has many cultural practices. In Iran, threading the entire face is commonly carried out wheras in Persia, a woman threads her hair as a sign that she is now entering adulthood.
The threading hair removal process uses a cotton thread that is pulled along the skin in a twisting motion which traps hair in a mini lasso. This removes the hair with its entire hair follicle in a straight line and hair re-growth can take from 2 weeks up to 8 weeks, depending on the person’s hair growth rate. Threading removes hair in an entire row all at once unlike tweezing wherein each hair is pulled individually. And just like tweezing, the process of pulling out hair can be a bit painful.
There are a number of advantages to hair threading. For one, the hair removal process is very sanitary as the thread is the only thing that touches the skin and the thread is disposed of after use. Because it removes hair in a straight line, it is ideal for people with bushy hair especially in the eyebrows. Additionally, there are very little chance of skin reactions as no chemical is used for the procedure. This also makes it ideal for people with sensitive skin since no chemical is applied to the skin. As well as this, the process is quite fast as it only take a couple of minutes to thread an eyebrow or small patch of hair. Additionally, hair threading appointments in salons usually cost up to £10.00, depending on the area so aren’t very expensive. And lastly, frequent hair threading can become semi-permanent as it damages the hair follicle so that it does not grow back.
There are also disadvantages to hair threading. If the procedure is not performed by a qualified professional, hair has the tendency to break and hair re-growth can be much faster. Hair also needs to be at least one-sixteenth of an inch so that the thread can wrap around the hair and pull it out. Furthermore, since every stroke of the thread pulls out all the hair, the process can be a bit painful. But if the procedure is done by a very skilled technician, then the process can be quick and painless. It is best to warm compress the skin first before threading. This relaxes the hair follicle so that it can be pulled out easily. There are also numbing sprays available in any local drug store which can be applied to the skin before the procedure. However, one must be careful in applying it especially if it is applied on your eyebrows as the numbing spray might get into the eyes. Lastly, hair threading is only usually part of the facial hair removal process and not the rest of the body. After the procedure, soothing cream can be applied over the skin to minimise pain and stinging.
For best results, it is especially important to find a skilled professional when engaging in hair threading. More experienced technicians can make the process quick and pain free.