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Threading is a method of hair removal which uses thread to twist around each hair to be removed, and pull it completely from the follicle. The method is said to have originated from different parts of Asia Threading is most commonly used to remove superfluous hair on the face--typically the cheeks, chin, lip, and eyebrow. There are many techniques--the most common of which, the thread is held in the practitioner's mouth (usually by the teeth) and the other side is held by hand.

For sanitary reasons, it is recommended that the practictioner does not use the mouth and instead uses a simple loop of thread with about 10-15 twists in the middle. He or she uses the index finger and thumb of each hand to move the twists across the skin. Most prefer to use 100% cotton, and unfinished thread is less likely to cause reactions to the skin.

Results of threading last just as long as waxing, and it typically costs the same (or less), even though threading requires somewhat more time and technical skill.

Of course, like anything else, threading has it's pros and cons.

Reasons people often choose threading over waxing.

  • Waxing has the potential to burn the skin, leaving blisters and possibly scars.
  • Wax residue, or occasionally the products used to remove the wax residue, can sometimes cause skin irritations (tiny bumps that often look like acne) Since threading requires no products, it is less likely that the skin can become inflamed.
  • Unlike waxing, threading does not have the possibility of lifting, tearing, or over-exfoliating the skin.
  • Many are convinced that threading is more precise, and can achieve a better shape.
  • Often, clients have reported that their skin appears less red immediately after threading (compared to immediately after waxing) and the redness typically seems to subside more quickly.
  • There is no possibility for double dipping; sanitation for this procedure is as easy as the practitioner washing his or her hands and using a new piece of thread for each client.

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