The Science of Rejuvenation
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Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually had the baby-smooth facial skin that magazines, TV, and movies show on models and actresses? Of course, that’s not reality, at least not for the majority of us. And if you are one of the few who has been gifted with hairless skin, why are you reading this? Don’t you and your perfect skin have better things to be doing? Now, for the rest of us, threading may be a great option…
We shave, pluck, and wax, or in extreme cases opt for laser hair removal or electrolysis. Unfortunately, permanent hair removal techniques can’t always be used. For example, we can’t do laser hair removal too close to your eyes and electrolysis can leave scars. And while these techniques can get rid of hair permanently, they are expensive and will take multiple treatments to get the desired result. Temporary hair removal procedures are much more affordable, and without the stress of doing something that’s irreversible.
One of the oldest techniques for removing unwanted hair from our faces is threading. It’s been around for so long that we’re not even sure where it started. Various stories assign the origin of threading to China, India and the Middle East respectively. It is still used extensively in all of these countries.
While today it’s often used for shaping eyebrows, or removing upper lip hair, in ancient times it was a means of smoothing the entire face. Even cheek hairs would be removed. That’s usually not necessary today, as even if you do have a lot of fine hairs on the skin of your face, proper application of cosmetics will cover them completely. It is still an option, though.
What is Threading?
If you’ve never had it done, or seen it performed on someone else, threading is a technique for safely removing facial hairs that literally requires no other tool than a cotton thread – and of course some expertise on the part of the practitioner. Without this important component you might end up looking like someone has taken a miniature lawn mower to your eyebrows. Yikes!
A simple loop about 20 inches long is created with the thread. The thread is then placed over the outstretched fingers and one hand is rotated a few times to create a spiral crossover in the middle. As the fingers of each hand are alternately opened and closed, the spiral will move along the length of the thread. The thread is placed firmly against the skin and, as the spiral moves, hairs are caught in it and plucked out.
Advantages of Threading
Threading has advantages over some of the other techniques. It’s quicker (and less painful) than plucking with tweezers. It’s a much longer-lasting treatment than shaving of course. And finally, there isn’t the skin irritation associated with waxing, which actually removes a thin layer of skin along with the hair. This might be great for your legs, but not so much for your face.
Then of course, there are depilators. If you’ve never used one, these are electric devices that look a lot like shavers, but that’s where the similarity ends. Depilators can quickly remove large swaths of body hair, as the rotating disks pluck the hairs quickly as the depilator is passed over the skin. Described as anywhere from ‘unpleasant’ to ‘excruciating’, these are not to be used on the sensitive skin of our faces.
In most cases, threading is used to shape the eyebrows. However, we can thread any area of your face safely, quickly and effectively. The following areas are recommended…
- Upper Lip
- Lady Sideburns
What To Expect During a Threading Session
If you’ve never had threading done you might be apprehensive. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:
The first thing everyone wants to know is how much does it hurt? There will be some discomfort. There’s no way around that. After all, we’re removing multiple hairs in a very short time span. Most women report that the pain is somewhat less than plucking, though. You might want to avoid having threading done too close to your period, as your pain sensitivity will be heightened then. For what discomfort there is, remember that it’s over very quickly. Depending on what you’re having done, a threading session may not be more than 5 or 10 minutes, start to finish.
Stretching the Skin
Your skin at the treatment site will need to be gently stretched. This provides as smooth a surface as possible for the thread to glide along. It also loosens your skin’s grip on the follicle and makes it easier to pull the hair free.
While a light application of makeup is OK you’ll want to avoid wearing any heavy makeup in or around the treatment area as it will likely get smudged during the procedure.
If you’re having your eyebrows done, you may feel an uncontrollable urge to sneeze, just as with plucking. Eye watering may also occur. Yet another reason to avoid heavy makeup, as some people will come out looking like they’ve had a good cry.
Once again, specifically for eyebrows, if there is a particular shape you want, be sure to discuss this with us before we get to work. We’ll be happy to advise on whether or not the final shape you have in mind will look natural and fully discuss options before we start.
Optionally we can trim the remaining eyebrow hairs after the threading is complete. Depending upon how even the lengths of your brow hairs tend to be, trimming the hairs to a uniform length can drastically improve the appearance of your newly-shaped brows.
Of course you’ll have the chance to carefully review the results in the mirror. If you’re not completely happy, let us know. We would much rather spend a few extra minutes tweaking the shape than to have you unhappy with the final result.
Aloe Vera Gel
As long as you’re not allergic to it, some aloe gel can greatly decrease any remaining discomfort and more quickly return the reddened skin to a natural tone.
Aside from giving the skin in the treated area anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to recover from the insult, there isn’t any. Just as with plucking, the procedure is entirely safe. There’s no risk of infection so you can apply makeup again as soon as you’re ready.
How Long Does It Last?
Threading is just a more efficient form of plucking, so your new hair-free state will last as long as it does for plucking with tweezers. For most of us, this will be in the range of two to six weeks.