Everything You Need to Know About Eyebrow Threading

From cost to results to ouch-factor, we’ve got expert answers to all your eyebrow threading questions.

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There are all sorts of ways you can shape and define your brows ranging from microblading to old-school waxing. Eyebrow threading is another option, and it’s one with an ancient history and modern fanclub that swears by the technique for a perfectly manicured look. We spoke with a brow expert for the full rundown on what eyebrow threading is, how it differs from other hair removal methods, and what you can expect at an appointment.

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What Is Eyebrow Threading?

Eyebrow threading is a facial hair removal technique where a thin thread of cotton or polyester is expertly wielded to remove unwanted hair from the brow area.

“The thread is doubled and twisted, then rolled over the hairs, catching them and pulling them out from the follicle,” explains JJ Salazar, a brow expert and founder of Bangin’ Brows, a concierge-style brow boutique in Chicago, Illinois. “This method allows for precise shaping of the eyebrows and can remove multiple hairs at once, resulting in a clean and defined look or natural look.”

Salazar adds that there are three different techniques used in eyebrow threading:

  • Hand Method: The hand method of eyebrow threading involves using a loop of thread held between the fingers to remove unwanted hair.

  • Mouth Method: The thread is anchored in the mouth while the hands perform the threading motion. This is considered the fastest and the most precise, and is arguably the most popular.

  • Neck Method: Here, the thread is held taut between the fingers and anchored under the neck, allowing for precise control.

Each technique varies in approach to get the job done via thread manipulation. Ultimately, it’s up to the threading expert to choose the style they prefer best.

Did You Know? Eyebrow threading is said to have originated in South Asia and the Middle East thousands of years ago. “It's believed to have been practiced as early as 6,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia,” Salazar says. This ancient technique remains a trendy and effective hair removal option in many parts of the world.

Does Eyebrow Threading Hurt?

We won’t beat around the bush. Given the fact that hair is being pulled out from the skin, eyebrow threading isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It is, however, remarkably good at removing fine hairs and shaping with utmost precision.

“While pulling out lots of hair at once may not be the most pleasant experience, it does offer a clean look and is certainly more efficient than tweezing,” notes Salazar. She adds that threading may be a more suitable option compared to waxing if you have sensitive skin. This is because the waxing method of hair removal has an exfoliating aspect while threading does not.

“It's all about finding the right balance between pain and gain, right?” Salazar says.

How Much Does Eyebrow Threading Cost?

Eyebrow threading typically costs between $15 and $50 depending on your location, the salon you go to, the threader’s expertise and demand, and whether you opt for additional services. We recommend tipping an additional 15% to 20% of the total cost of service.

What Can You Expect at an Appointment?

An eyebrow threading appointment is a quick in-and-out deal. “Whether your arches are a quick fix or a masterpiece in the making, snagging an appointment can be a 15 to 30-minute affair depending on the brow situation,” Salazar says.

The threading professional will ask you what sort of look you’re going for (bringing in some picture examples is helpful) and assess your current shape. From there, they’ll use a thread of cotton or polyester to masterfully get you to your desired look. As mentioned above, this hair removal can feel uncomfortable, like many other types.

You may have some redness and minor puffiness after, but practitioners usually apply a soothing gel to help calm skin. The best part, though? You'll leave feeling refreshed with well-defined brows.

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