Call it the Cara Delevingne effect, but the quest for well-groomed brows has never been more in-demand. While properly groomed brows can frame your face and balance your features, maintaining their ideal shape doesn’t come easy, which is where finding the technique that will give you’re your best brows comes in.
Threading is an ancient Indian technique that removes unwanted hair by twisting a cotton thread. It’s quickly becoming a go-to method for brow grooming because it allows for a more controlled and precise removal of hair from the brow area than waxing. Another bonus? It also lasts longer because the hair is pulled from the root for a clean finish.
Ready to give threading a try? InStyle spoke with Sabah Feroz, Brow Expert at Blink Brow Bar in New York to get the lowdown on everything first-timers need to know about eyebrow threading.
Visit The Right Salon
When you’re deciding where to get your first threading, Feroz suggests that the easiest way to pick a salon is to choose one that has been recommended to you, or with a majority of positive reviews because reputable salons have stringent training programs in place. She also stresses the importance of having a thorough consultation with the technician that will work on your brows to ensure you get your desired look.
Communicate With The Brow Artist
Neither you nor your technician can read minds, so discussing exactly how you want your brows to look is essential before the technician picks up the thread. “Therapists will sit you down for a thorough consultation in front of a mirror before every appointment. This gives you time to discuss shape, thickness and color in detail to ensure you get the look you want. Photos of your brow idols can sometimes help too, so don’t be afraid to bring those a long!” explains Feroz.
It’s A Gentle Way To Groom Brows
Threading is gentler than its waxing and tweezing counterparts. If you have sensitive skin, it may be the best method of keeping your brows in tip-top shape. “Threading is absolutely the best option for those with sensitive skin. Threading is the least invasive method of hair removal and unlike waxing, threading does not remove a layer of skin and doesn’t contain any chemicals like depilatory cream, leaving the skin clean and smooth,” says Feroz.
Do Prepare To Feel Some Pain
While threading is a mild form of hair removal compared to other methods, you should still be prepared to feel some discomfort. “We all have different pain thresholds and skin sensitivity," Feroz says. "Some people find threading a bit uncomfortable but generally speaking it isn’t a painful experience. The clean, smooth finish is worth the mild discomfort!”
To eliminate the chance of painful and unsightly ingrown hairs post-threading, Feroz suggests exfoliating your brow area before arriving to your appointment. “If you’re prone to in-growing hairs around the brow area, you should exfoliate the area beforehand to enable easy removal.”
Avoid Covering Post-Appointment Redness With Makeup
Some redness around the brow area is inevitable following threading. As tempting as it may be to pull out the concealer and other makeup products, doing so may actually further irritate skin. "We would never advise covering with concealer or foundation, you should avoid applying make-up for a few hours afterwards, if possible,” suggests Feroz. A bonus at Blink: the technicians finish with a choice of soothing gel—either rose water, aloe vera or tea tree—which you can also buy and take for home use.
Be Easy On The Tweezers Between Appointments
As your brow hairs start to grow back, it’s important to resist plucking them as it may ruin the shape your technician created for you. An easy way to avoid over-plucking between threading sessions is to know when your next appointment is actually happening. “We would recommend regular threading appointments every two to four weeks, depending on your personal rate of hair growth," Feroz says. "Try to avoid plucking in between your appointments as one over-plucking session could ruin the shape of your brows for months!"