Monday, May 16, 2011

Conversion to Eyebrow Threading

I've wanted to try eyebrow threading for a while now.  First, because I was intrigued by the idea that someone could be so precise with a piece of thread and second, because it is significantly less expensive than waxing at the salon and claims to produce better results.

According to the site
  • Threading is an ancient method of hair removal which originated in parts of India, the Middle and Far East, and is now gaining popularity in Western countries.
  • Threading is a hair removal technique that uses 100% cotton thread. The cotton thread is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin entwining the hairs in the thread, which are then lifted quickly from the follicle. It is more precise than waxing and allows for better lines.
  • The technique is rather inexpensive because it does not require costly chemical ingredients. Messy waxes and creams are avoided altogether. For women who would like to pursue a more natural beauty regimen, hair threading is a good choice, since it does not use harmful products.
  • As opposed to waxing, the top layers of skin are not peeled or traumatized in the process making threading gentler on the skin. Threading is highly recommended and an excellent option for those who use Retin-A, Accutane, or similar products.
  • Eyebrow threading is a practice of shaping the eyebrows. Eyebrow threading is a preferred hair removal technique for a number of reasons. Unlike tweezing or plucking, eyebrow threading removes one clean line of hair all at once, making it much quicker and easier to shape the brows
  • It is important to find an aesthetician who is experienced at eyebrow threading. Inexperience can result in uneven brows, hair breakage, ingrown hairs, or unnecessary pain.

A skeptic at heart, I put it off.  Nothing could be better than waxing at my hoidy-toidy Aveda salon, right?  I finally bit the bullet after starting my "tri-luma" regimen, which includes Retin-A, because I didn't want to inflict anymore trauma on my already traumatized skin.

I called to schedule my first eyebrow threading with Triangle Eyebrow Threading by Chandni's.  This salon was well reviewed by the local newspaper and I also happened to be referred to them by a friend (who received services there).  Shilpa Bhalodia runs the salon and performed my threading.  She is like lightning!  So fast and precise, I scarcely believed it was possible.  My unruly brows were no match for her skills and thread.

The pain was minimal, but I've had my brows waxed and plucked for years - so perhaps I had grown used to it.  When the brows were done, I opted to do the upper lip too.  That was a little more intense, and there was definitely some wincing involved.

The results were totally worth it.  Shilpa nabbed all the strays - above and below my browline and trimmed the longer hairs.  The final shape was sharply defined and neat as a pin.  Le moustache was eradicated.  My skin is smoother and softer than it ever was after waxing, (perhaps due to the lack of irritation?).  And the best part is that it was so reasonably priced: brows were only $7 and the upper lip was $3.

Bottom line:  I've been converted from a waxer to a threader.  I'll definitely be visiting Shilpa again. 



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