This post is going to be a little different to the usual…it’s going to focus on those two little hairy caterpillars that are friends with your eyes. Having big eyebrows are all the rage at the moment (I’m looking at you Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne) but it is important to make sure that they don’t start to take over your face!
In the past I have tried getting mine threaded by a family friend, and the traditional way to thread if you are doing it on someone else is to use your hands to guide the thread and have one end in your mouth to actually create the motion to pull out the hairs. Now obviously you cannot use this method on yourself, so a couple of years ago I took to Youtube and found some really useful videos on how to thread your own eyebrows.
Benefits of threading:
- Slower and sparser regrowth
- More precise shaping
- Once you get used to it it hurts less
- No cost if you can get your mitts on some string
- Can get small hairs that tweezers often miss
Now I have put that it hurts less as you get used to it, but I tell no lies, at first man it can sting. I remember when I first got my eyebrows threaded and I looked in the mirror afterwards, I basically had my own eyebrows and then a slightly pink raised pair underneath from where all the hairs had been pulled out!
Saying that, I think learning to do it myself was one of the best things I’ve done, and I now do my sisters’ eyebrows as well and you can really see the difference once it has been done.
As I mentioned there are some good videos on Youtube so you can see it in real time, but unfortunately I can’t find the one that I used (as this was a long time ago). This video by farahdhukai is quite good, I think the only thing I disagree with is the length of the thread that she uses.
The Basic Principle of Threading:
Essentially, you will be using a loop of thread, between two hands. You twist the loop of thread a few times, and you use your hands to move the small twists from one side to another, trapping the hairs and pulling them out as you go. It takes a lot of practice to get it right, so be patient.
Here is what I use to groom/thread my eyebrows. I keep tweezers on stand by as I usually use these around the delicate under eyebrow area.
Right, here is where I TRY to show you how I thread. For demonstration purposes, white Paper=skin, weird little bits of thread= hairs. Just stay with me, ok?
1. You will need a length of thread. I have cut how much I usually use and measured it at 64cm.
2. You then want to take each end and tie a couple of knots, to make one loop of thread.
3. Next, hold the thread between both hands. Use one hand to twist the loop of thread a couple of times. You should end up with the thread looking like this:
4. Here is my mock up of skin with a whole TWO HAIRS. The way to remove the hairs is to look at the direction of growth.
These two hairs and growing to the right, root is on the left. Place your loop of thread around the hair like below:
Holding the loop of thread taut with both hands, use your right hand and move your finger and thumb apart, while keeping your left hand still. This will move the twists in the loop of thread over the hair, and the hair will become twisted up and pulled out as you move the twists to the left (opposite direction to hair growth).
If I have failed to explain this well, go to Youtube and search for ‘how to thread your own eyebrows’ :).
DISCLAIMER: I am by no means a professional eyebrow threader, this is just my way of doing it and it works for me.