By Ajai Nicole
Hi there chickadees! We recently talked best methods for eyebrow plucking — not to mention Vivvyanne Forevermore’s tricks for a reality beating club brow — but for this week’s column, I’m gonna give you the lowdown on a different way of getting rid of unwanted hair: threading. Threading hair is an ancient method commonly practiced in Eastern countries like Egypt and India, but it’s becoming very popular out here in the West. Threading removes the entire hair follicle and it lasts up to four to six weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. So let’s get down to it bbs — enjoy and practice practice practice your skills!
How does it work?
A cotton thread is placed along unwanted hair in a twisting motion, trapping hair like a mini-lasso and lifting it right out of the follicle.
PROS OF THREADING
– It’s very sanitary. Nothing but the thread touches the skin, and that gets thrown away after every use.
– No chemicals are applied on the skin. People who have sensitive skin, or who are taking medicines that conflict with waxing and sugaring can turn to threading.
– It’s very fast. Unlike tweezing you can snatch multiple hairs at once. It may take you a second to get the hang of the technique, and of course every aesthetician is different, but an experienced threader can usually get brows done in 10 minutes.
– The discomfort can be similar to tweezing, but the process is much, much quicker. Use a warm compress to relax the hair follicle for less pain.
CONS OF THREADING
– If done incorrectly, the hairs can break. If hair is broken from an inexperienced threading professional, hair re-growth will show up much quicker.
– It can be hard to find someone experienced in threading hair. It’s a true art that has been passed down through the generations. That means practice carefully if you’re attempting it yourself!
– Some hair growth is necessary. 1/16 inches of hair is needed for thread to be able wrap around it. For most people that means about 15 days of growth.
CHI CHI’S STEPS TO THREADING
1. Remember practice makes perfect and you’re going to need strong hand muscles. It will take time to get used to the movements. You may want to practice on your leg first to get the movements down.
2. Prepare your thread. Cut a piece of cotton thread to be about the length of your forearm; the less string you use, the more control you will have. Tie the ends together to create a loop.
3. Stretch the loop between your hands. Hold the thread so that it is stretched between your thumb and index fingers. Roll your right hand in a clockwise direction to twist the thread about 10 times of intertwined thread between your hands.
4. Test the thread. Hold the string with your thumbs and index fingers inside the loops on each side, then pull your right thumb and index finger apart. The twists of thread should move toward your left hand. Now, close the space between your right thumb and index finger and open the space between the left thumb and index finger. This is the threading motion that traps hairs in the twisted thread and pulls them out.
5. Now you’re ready to thread! Watch the above video for how to position your thread and remove hair.
Happy threading chickadees! Remember, you can send any beauty and health questions to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on an upcoming episode of Chi Chi’s Beauty Salon.