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Frequently Asked Questions

hair removal by threading FAQs

Here are some of your frequently asked questions that relate to threading, for both men and women:

What is threading?

The technique is performed by twisting a piece of cotton thread and then dragging this over the hairs. This motion gently pulls the hairs out with only a slight discomfort to the patient. It is a natural hair removal technique, involves no creams or pastes, and is ideal for any type of skin. One of the advantages of this method is that it does not damage the skin.

What type of hair is suitable?

Most practitioners use this method to shape eyebrows but it is equally good for treating facial hairs on the upper lip, chin and cheeks, as well as around the naval and toes. One of the advantages of this technique over tweezing is that a number of hairs can be removed at once as the thread is dragged over the skin.

What is the technique good and not so good for?

Threading is good for shaping eyebrows and for the removal of facial hair from the chin, upper lips, cheeks, jaw and neck.

It is not good for large areas of hair as the thread can get clogged up. Also, this method can be challenging on tough, coarse hair. Areas such as on a man's back, jawline, and legs would be better treated by another method such as sugaring.

The technique also has problems dealing with hairs on irregular surfaces; for example, on the bikini line and knees. This method is best performed on flat surfaces.

How long does a treatment last?

As threading is only used for treating small areas, it only takes a few minutes to shape an eyebrow or attend to a lip. Hairs will typically stay away for 2 to 4 weeks. However, like any other epliation method, the hair has to grow above the skin level for a few weeks before it can be treated again.

What are the side effects?

As a natural method, threading does not cause any significant side effects. Like with any epilation technique, the hair is pulled from the skin and as such, some patients will experience more discomfort than others. Many patients will experience a mild reddening of the skin after treatment, but this usually subsides within a few minutes. Patients who suffer from severe acne should avoid this method as it can cause the acne to rupture.

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Is it easy to do?

No, it is not easy to thread. The more inexperienced a practitioner, the more painful it is likely to be. It is worth asking the practitioner how much experience they have had personally before you undergo any facial hair removal treatment with them. It takes many months of practice to perform the art successfully, especially to learn the more intricate work of how to shape eyebrows.

There are some alternatives on the market that are easier to use. These use the same motion as threading but use more modern materials rather than cotton.

Where did the method originate?

Due to its simple method and use of easily-obtainable and natural materials, threading is popular and has been practiced for many centuries in China, India, Egypt (called fatlah) and the Middle East (called khite).

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