Have you ever plucked your eyebrows? It hurts a lot. Have you ever had your eyebrows waxed? That hurts too, but the pain doesn’t last as long as plucking – it’s very fast. We always thought that these were the only two options for controlling eyebrows, but there is actually an ancient method for controlling the growth of hair on your eyebrows as well, known as threading or Eyebrow Threading.
The History of Eyebrow Threading
Eyebrow threading appears to have originated in Persia. It is a very common practice in India and surrounding countries, but only recently became popular in North America. In some countries, the women thread a large portion of their faces – not for hair removal, but for decoration. This is still common in those countries when a girl gets married, when she reaches a marriageable age, or when she reaches an age where she is considered a woman.
In the Western World, however, eyebrow threading has no ceremonial bearing or purpose. Instead, it is a beauty treatment that is now available in many salons and spas for the purpose of getting rid of unwanted eyebrow hair. This procedure requires the use of thin cotton thread that is twisted and rolled over hairs that are unwanted. This literally pulls the hair out including the follicle, and has the same effect as waxing for the most part. Several hairs can be removed with one roll of the thread.
More Interesting Information about Eyebrow Threading
In Arab countries, Eyebrow threading is commonly known as Bande Abru, which translates to ‘eyebrow band.’ Other Arabic words used to describe this procedure include Fatlah or Khite. Both of these words mean threading.
Many celebrities use eyebrow threading over other hair removal methods for the brows because this procedure leaves straight and tidy lines. The brow is essentially better defined through use of this hair removal method, and it is easier to shape the brow with this method.
What You Need to Know About Eyebrow Threading
Eyebrow threading isn’t any less risky in terms of causing skin irritation or ingrown hairs, but if you are sensitive to the chemicals used for waxing, or if you don’t want laser hair removal, this is a viable option. It isn’t painless. In fact, some women claim that it hurts more than plucking the eyebrows with tweezers because more than one hair is being pulled out at a time.