Friday, March 18, 2011

Eyebrow Threading 101

Today's guest post comes from the super cool and lovely Chandra, who is busy making a name for herself in the world of magazines!  She moonlights as a fabulous girl-about-town and loves trying new restaurants.  She's also an expert on eyebrow threading, so I invited her to share everything she knows.  I think I'll be booking my own threading appointment soon enough!

I have always been very particular and perhaps slightly obsessed with how I want my eyebrows to look. When I was younger, I remember noticing how the eyebrows could flatter a person’s entire face and bring out your best facial attributes.  
From the time I was a kid, my mom taught me how to shape my eyebrows naturally with just my fingers. After I took a shower, my mom always told me to shape my eyebrows because over time they would begin to look more defined. She was right as usual. Once I hit my teens, I begin noticing my eyebrows taking on a more defined appearance.

I didn’t start threading my eyebrows until I started high school mainly because when I was in middle school; I dealt with a lot of skin problems that would have made threading or even waxing a tortuous process. Waxing was something that I actually wanted to try first before threading, but after much persuasion from my mom, I opted to do threading.

Just to give you a little background about threading…It’s a technique that originated in the Middle East and parts of India. A cotton thread is used to remove the hair. The cotton thread is essentially twisted and rolled along the skin’s surface, which allows the hairs to be lifted from their follicles. It’s a very precise way of removing hair and attaining that “perfect brow” that can ultimately transform your face.

Like waxing, the first time that I had my eyebrows threaded was a little painful. I remember wincing every time she pulled my eyebrows. However, by the time she was done, I felt like my face had been transformed. My eyebrows had a lovely arch that really brought out my eyes. My overall face just looked brighter and less tired. 
What I love about threading is that if you are particular about your eyebrows, then you can specify how you want your eyebrows to look. I tried this with waxing and I didn’t get the same results. Keep in mind this does vary with every person.
A word of caution, remember to find an aesthetician who is experienced at eyebrow threading. Inexperience in this technique can result in uneven brows, hair breakage, and ingrown hairs. Also, if you do decide to try threading, make sure you apply some moisturizer around the area that was threaded to keep the skin from peeling.
Some benefits associated with threading include:
*No redness
*More defined eyebrows
*Typically cheaper
*Usually lasts longer (once again this varies with every person) for me, it lasts about 2 ½ weeks.
*No chemical ingredients involved
*More sanitary compared to waxing
*Takes years off complexion
*Long-term process of permanent hair removal

1 comment:

  1. I also informed her that I have no idea what girls do with their brows to make it the way it is, thin eyebrows