Thanks to celebrities and supermodels like Cara Delevingne, thick, well-shaped eyebrows are a hot trend. It seems like everyone–from the pages of Vogue to our everyday lives–is stepping up their “eyebrow game.” If your brows are looking a little over-plucked, it might be time to ditch the tweezers in lieu of one of the oldest known beauty rituals: eyebrow threading. Using a piece of thread to shape your brows might seem odd, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure your brows stay full and nicely shaped. The Daily Quirk recently chatted with Ruby Nuno, the founder and owner of Prime Brows Threading Salon in Hollywood, California. Ruby is an expert in all things threading, and we asked her everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the process:
The Daily Quirk: When did you first discover and get into threading?
Ruby Nuno: I first discovered threading over 10 years ago while studying motion picture makeup artistry in Hollywood, CA. I immediately fell in love with it and then opened Prime Brows a few years later.
TDQ: Can you tell us a little about the history behind eyebrow threading?
RN: The actual origin of threading is unclear. However, many people believe threading originated in India centuries ago, and its popularity then spread rapidly throughout the Middle East and Asia. Threading is embedded in many Middle Eastern cultures. Threading was often performed on brides-to-be as well as on special occasions. Even Egyptian pharaohs used threading as a form of hair removal and grooming. In ancient Persia, threading was performed on young girls as a symbol of adulthood. Getting threading was considered a rite of passage for girls as they transitioned from young girls to adult women.
TDQ: How does the mechanics of threading work exactly?
RN: A piece of cotton thread is twisted into a loop and then rolled over the desired hairline, such as the eyebrow, while pulling the hair out. Any hair inside the loop is caught and twisted into the rolled thread then lifted from the follicle. Unlike tweezing, threading can remove an entire row of hair at one time. Since the hair is removed from the root hair usually grows back thinner and finer. It truly is something you have to see to believe.
TDQ: What are the benefits of threading?
RN: The major benefit of threading is that it is much gentler on the skin than other forms of hair removal. It’s recommended by dermatologists for patients using acne medications such as Accutane and topical Retinoid creams. Threading is a great alternative for people with skin too sensitive to wax or laser. Additionally, waxing and tweezing often leave behind fine unwanted hair often referred to as peach fuzz. This can easily be removed by threading.
TDQ: What makes it different from other hair removal methods like tweezing or waxing?
RN: Tweezing can be a long and tedious process and is often less precise than waxing or threading. Waxing can potentially burn the delicate skin around the eyebrows. There is no risk of burning with threading.
Wax often causes skin irritations as many people are allergic or sensitive to wax. Since threading requires no chemicals, it is less likely that the skin will become inflamed or break out. There is no possibility for double dipping as with waxing. Sanitation for threading is easy. The eyebrow threader sanitizes his or her hands before each client and uses a new piece of thread on each person often changing out the thread throughout the session.
TDQ: What can I expect the first time getting my eyebrows threaded?
RN: When threading for the first time expect to feel a sensation similar to tweezing several hairs at once. Threading is easier on the skin the shorter the hair.
TDQ: Do you have any tips for preparing before getting threaded?
RN: If you want to try eyebrow threading for the first time, I suggest you let your eyebrows grow a bit. Three to four weeks of growth will usually suffice. Be sure to communicate with your eyebrow threader. He or she should consult with you and work toward achieving your desired eyebrow shape. This is something we focus on in my salon. Remember images are always welcome.
Do your research and find a reputable establishment in your area. At Prime Brows I make certain that our thread is always kept in a clean, sanitized and covered container. The thread only touches the threaders’ hands after they have been sanitized. Sanitation is imperative. Make sure the place you choose to be threaded for the first time is clean and practices high sanitation standards.
TDQ: How long does a normal eyebrow threading take?
RN: This eco-friendly form of hair removal is also extremely quick and precise — sessions often only take 15 minutes or less.
TDQ: Is there anything a first timer should know about the process? What can someone expect immediately after threading (redness, some swelling, etc. similar to waxing?)
RN: A first timer should know that threading is safe for even the most sensitive of skin types. Minor irritation and/or redness can occur but will usually subside within an hour. Many people find threading to be a much more pleasant experience than traditional methods of hair removal.
TDQ: What other areas of the body can be threaded?
RN: Threading can be performed on the entire face and throughout the entire body. Upper lip, chin, side burns, neck, feet and legs are common areas of the body people request to be threaded.
TDQ: How long does it typically last and how can I maintain the results after threading?
RN: The results typically last 2-3 weeks, or in some cases up to a month. Once you’ve obtained your desired eyebrow shape you can easily maintain your results by follow-up visits to the salon requesting a simple clean up.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ruby and Prime Brows, check out their website! Now it’s time to drop the tweezers, make a threading appointment and you’ll be on your way to luscious, Kardashian-esque brows in no time.