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threadingThreading is a form of epilation that originated in India but also practiced extensively in the Middle East and South Asia.  It has recently become popular for facial hair removal and brow hair removal in America because the technique allows for the sharpest eyebrows with more definition.

Threading works by using a cotton thread pulled along unwanted hair in a twisting motion.  It traps the hair in a mini lasso, lifting the hair out of the follicle.  Threading can only be done on a flat surface and not adequate for hair removal on the bikini line.

A session should take no more than 10-15 minutes.  The technique may vary depending on the heritage of the professional (differs from country-to-country).  At present, threading is not a part of aesthetics training curriculum in the U.S.  Make sure the salon you visit is credible and clean and the procedure is done with new, sterile thread.

It may be somewhat painful initially and may also result in some redness, puffiness and changes in pigment (in some individuals).  Folliculitis may also develop with some after the procedure.

Skin care tips following the procedure:

  • Do not touch the area for the first 12-14 hours as it may cause breakouts, rashes or irritation.
  • Do not exfoliate the area that has been threaded.
  • Do not use products that have perfumes or acidic ingredients (lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid).  This could cause more stimulation to the area leaving the skin extremely sensitive and may peel.
  • Avoid any type of steam treatment (facial steam or sauna).
  • Use soothing lotions (ones that contain aloe vera or chamomile) to calm the skin.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 48 hours and use a moisturizer with an SPF.
  • Do not use a tanning bed.
  • Wait 2 hours following the procedure to shower or bathe with hot water and gently cleanse the area with antibacterial soap.
  • If redness or irritation does not subside following the procedure, apply a calming lotion, cool compress or ice pack.
  • If you already have sensitive skin, use products for sensitive skin to reduce redness and irritation.

To read more on this topic, click on the following links:

Hari, T. (2013). Bold Sky Limitless Living, “Skincare tips after threading face”. Retrieved September 17, 2013, from: http://www.boldsky.com/beauty/skin-care/2013/skincare-tips-after-threading-face-035252.html

My Pleasure Fantasy. (2013). “Tweezing vs. Waxing vs. Shaving vs. Threading of facial hair”. Retrieved August 27, 2013, from: http://www.mypleasurefantasy.hubpages.com/hub/Tweezing-vs-Waxing-vs-Shaving-vs-Threading-of-facial-hair

Siddons, S. (2013). Discovery Health, “What is treading?” Retrieved August 27, 2013, from: http://www.health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care-/beauty/hair-removal/threading.htm

Wise Geek. (2013). “What is eyebrow threading?” Retrieved August 27, 2013, from: http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-eyebrow-threading.htm

Torres, N. (2013). About.com, “Threading hair removal 101”. Retrieved August 27, 2013, from: http://www.hairremoval.about.com/od/threading/a/threading101.htm