A Fresh New Hair Removal System: Eyebrow Threading, Featuring the Sun Maita At-Home Eyebrow Threading Kit

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A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a new stand at the mall that provided eyebrow threading. Curious, I laid down in the chair. Fifteen enlightened minutes later, I was hooked: never before had the lines of my eyebrows looked so clean, even after waxing and plucking! Intrigued, I waited a full month, and sure enough, it took a full six weeks before I needed to get my eyebrows reshaped. Could it be love? A miracle?

Turns out it’s actually just an ancient technique, originating in India and commonly practiced in the Middle East. According to Wisegeek.com, eyebrow threading is distinct from plucking or waxing because it removes one clean line of hair all at once, making it much quicker and easier to shape the brows. The procedure, described by Essortment.com here, involves little more than a piece of 100% cotton string. The thread is held between the teeth or is anchored around the neck of the beautician, while the other end is held firmly with the left (or non-dominant) hand. The index and middle fingers of the right (or dominant) hand then form a loop in the center of the string, and the thread is rolled over the surface of the skin, collecting the hairs as it moves. For a video, the Eyebrow Threading NBC 10 Special (courtesy YouTube) is excellent.

Eyebrow threading is gaining popularity recently due to increasing concerns of women over use of chemicals in depilatories and waxes. Because threading does not involve the use of chemicals, there are no risks of chemical-based irritation or allergy. However, eyebrow threading is not without risks. According to a 2008 review in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, complications may include verrucae (cited here in a 2009 issue of the Indian Journal of Dermatology), erythema (redness), folliculitis, pseudofolliculitis, hyperpigmentation, and depigmentation, including koebnerization of vitiligo (this case described in more detail in a 2002 issue of Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology). It has been suggested in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology that these complications are the result of impaired epidermal-barrier function. As such, patients need to be aware of these potential risks and seek out experienced practitioners to conduct the procedure.

As for me, I learned the technique and (very carefully) now use the at-home Sun Maita Eyebrow Threading Kit ($150.00, SunMaita.com). For $150.00, the kit includes the handheld threader, two lotions (including a numbing lotion and anti-irritating lotion), chalk, 24 sets of organic cotton blended replacement threads, and an instructional booklet. An instructional video of how to perform the procedure is also available online here. While the proper technique admittedly took a few attempts to master, I am really pleased with the overall professional results of this kit. I am also happy to report that my brows still take a few weeks to grow back. Overall, comparing waxing/tweezing with threading, I am going to stick with threading, but I have listed the pros/cons of each below. Let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to enter the FutureDerm – Sustainable Youth Technologies Giveaway!

Tweezing/Waxing

(-) Waxing involves chemicals that may be irritating to some patients
(-) Risks of tweezing include periorbital cellulitis, reported by The American Journal of Ophthamology, though very rare
(-) Redness and pain reported
(+)No published reports of hyperpigmentation or depigmentation (at least not that I could find)

Threading

(+) Does not involve chemical that may be irritating to some patients
(-) Risks include erythema (redness), folliculitis, pseudofolliculitis, hyperpigmentation, and depigmentation, including koebnerization of vitiligo, as published in a 2008 review in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
(-) Redness and pain reported
(+) Slightly more aesthetically pleasing results (opinion), with greater definition of the brow line
(+) Some have reported longer times before hair grows back; however, this has yet to be substantiated

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  • stranger (:

    here’s a tip for those who get “pimples” after threading!
    exfoliate the day before threading (remove dead skin, etc), wash face again prior to threading (keep pores clear from the day’s oil+dirt), immediately wash and tone face after threading (clean pores again + close pores), exfoliate reguarly thereafter (but only 2 days after threading because the skin will be real delicate the first 2 days!)

    threading sans pimples! 😀

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  • Dear Jessica,

    My apologies – you will have to speak to your dermatologist personally on this one. Different skin types have different sensitivities to retinol, and therefore, they will react differently to retinol + skin threading as well. Personally, I have normal/sensitive skin and I use low-dose retinol right now, and I thread from time to time, but I always avoid my eyebrow area. However, this is just what I do, and I can’t tell you (or anyone else) to do the same.

    Hope that this helps…
    Sincerely,
    Nicki

  • Dear Alex,

    It might…you will have to talk to a dermatologist to see for sure.

    I’m really sorry that I can’t provide a better answer online. You can try asking Dr. Neil Schultz, a rewowned dermatologist, through his site if you seek online advice:
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  • Sidra

    I’m indian and i hate threading!! i feel like pulling my eyes down gives me wrinkles and also it makes my nose run the whole time. It is more painful than waxing for me because the thread catches on my skin and leaves tiny cuts. For my wedding, I might do threading but in the meanwhile, waxing is fine.

  • Hi Nicki

    Love your blog. 20 year old male here, would this work on my uni brow? Right now, I’m shaving, but my skin gets really red.

    Regards,

    Alex

  • Paula

    This weekend was my third time threading my eyebrows, and I dont know why but I got pimples in my forehead right after, and it seems that more are coming out. I have never had pimples and I am in my late 20s What could be the problem, could it be that the lady did it differently? or used a dirty thread ?

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  • I am more on threading than waxing.. For me, threading is much safer than waxing or tweezing.. You can still achieve beautiful eyebrows with threading…

    -kenneth

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    What kind of neck cream do you use? I am in my late twenties and I notice I have pretty deep creases on my neck….what do you advise?

    Thanks!!!!

  • priya

    I have been threading for like years&years,in india its such a common practice.though I cannot do my own eyebrows perfectly, I get it done& love it.all u need is a piece of cotton thread. I was fainting when I read about the 150$ kit. When all it takes is a piece of thread.

  • Jessica

    QUESTION: I use retin-A for my acne so I cannot get my eyebrows waxed. Is threading safe for Retin-A useres?

  • kaylo

    You can thread your own brows and you don’t need a $150 piece of plastic to do it! All you need is a roll of cotton thread and the technique. I’m indian and i’ve been doing my own threading for years now – can’t believe people buy threading tools for $150! Crazy…

  • I have a local beauty salon that does threading. it is wonderful!

  • Threading is pretty good and makes your eyebrows look very nice!

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    HELLO CAN A ORDER THIS FOR MY SALON
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