It feels like an eternity that I have been partaking in my weekly pluck fest, poised at the mirror, tweezers in hand, scrutinising every last brow hair, until my short sighted little eyes were twitching with strain and I had tweezer cramp in my hand.
Finally after years of this battle, struggling with stubborn brow regrowth, I decided there must be a better way. Surely there was an option for removing eyebrow hairs that didn’t take so long and that could produce a better result?
After frowning in the mirror at my scruffy brows that I couldn’t seem to salvage anymore, I decided enough was enough. I looked up a beauty parlour near by that offered treading for $12 (bargain!) and off I went.
Treading is a very crafty practise. How it works is the threading technician takes a piece of thread in hand and ties it in a knot so it is a circle of thread. Then she twists it up a few times so that it looks like a bow tie. (There is also a technique where the technician holds one end of the string in her mouth) The hair is pulled out when the thread is held against a line of hair and the twisty part is pulled across it. The hair is caught in the twists and then pulled out. Make sense? Probably not. Below is a You Tube video to give you a better idea!
I lay down on the treatment bed while the quiet woman tied her string. She twisted it up and was ready to go. She started at the top of my brow area, which I thought was strange because I was always told NEVER to pluck the top. But I went with it. I am open to new things!
I was amazed at how quickly the string picked up the hairs and ripped them all out. I was actually quite a nice feeling. The gentle tug on the hair, and then the ripping sound. Don’t ask me why but I enjoyed it. She rubbed the string right across my monobrow area and surprisingly picked up quite a few hairs! Soon it was time to do under the brow so she had me hold my eyelid taut. This part was great. I could feel all those nasty blighters I’d been plucking all my life getting ripped right out. And they are stubborn little suckers too!
Actress Liv Tyler is said to be an avid eyebrow threader.
After only a few minutes she was all done! So quick! She then brushed my brows upwards and then trimmed them with scissors. I was a bit concerned about this, cus I was always told by my mother “If you cut them they will grow back with a vengeance and dangle in your eyes!” So far I can report no eye dangling, but I will keep you posted.
When I left the salon I had to duck into the nearest shop and check out my new brows more closely. Though they were a bit red, they looked good! And you know what? Threading the top of the brow does make a difference! It creates a good strong line to frame your face. Which is also why tidy brows are so important!
While I was happy with the threading it’s self, I have to say that I did discover a prickly patch of hairs that did not get picked up by the thread and really should have been plucked out by the technician. Though she did do it quickly, she maybe did it too quickly If you know what I mean. I suspect when it comes to threading, you get what you pay for.
So, what’s the verdict? Well I am sold! I will definitely be getting my eyebrows threaded from now on. No more tweezing for me! Though next time, I might pay a little more to get a little more!