Adventures in Threading!

Eyebrow threading

Eyebrow threading (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I set off the on an adventure yesterday to New York City to get Certified in Threading.
What is threading?  Threading is a form of epilation hair removal.  Epilation is the removal of the entire hair above and below the skin.   Threading is called “Khite” in Arabic and “Fatlah” in Egypt.  It 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.
As opposed to waxing, the top layers of skin are exfoliated 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 or have sensitive skin.
It sounds easy to do, but believe me it takes time, practice, and nimble fingers.  There are three threading techniques:
Figure 8 or Hand to Hand (bottom Picture)
Jaw Clench (see in the above picture)
Around the Neck or Around the Should (similar to the jaw clench, but the string is tied around the neck instead of held in your teeth)

I left my certification with new knowledge of an ancient hair removal technique and sore fingers. I can’t wait to practice!

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