Threading and waxing both remove the entire hair follicle and are hair removal methods that can last up to six weeks. But that’s about where the similarities end. With threading, a cotton thread is pulled in a twisting motion along unwanted hair in order to trap hair in a tiny lasso; and it lifts the hair completely out of the follicle. It’s most important to note that threading is only appropriate for the face whereas waxing can be done to virtually every part of the body.
- When done correctly, nothing will touch the skin during threading except the thread, which is thrown away after use; so the procedure is highly sanitary.
- People who have trouble getting their brows properly shaped often find that the concise hair removal achieved with threading is the only method that can get their brows right, whereas waxing, sugaring, and tweezing fail.
- Threading involves no chemicals on the skin. There are some instances where alternate hair removal methods waxing and sugaring conflict with medicines a person is taking.
- Threading is a much quicker method than other types of hair removal; for instance, threading eyebrows can take as little as 2 minutes.
- Finally, threading can eventually produce permanent results. Since the hair follicles tend to become damaged by threading, the hair stops growing. (This is actually true of waxing, as well.)
- If the person performing the threading isn’t experienced at the procedure, the hair can be broken instead of being removed at the hair follicle. This means that re-growth occurs much more quickly.
- It can be challenging to find a person who is experienced at threading. It’s an art that’s passed down through generations and isn’t typically taught in just a few classes. Threading is usually only available in very large cities.
- For threading to work, the hair to be removed must be at least 1/16th of an inch.
- Threading, as mentioned above, is limited to the face.
- Threading hurts and is comparable to tweezing, where you feel every hair that’s being removed. Different people experience different pain levels, however. Applying numbing spray can help to offset the discomfort of the procedure.
- A 15% to 20% tip is highly recommended, which means that the procedure can be costly.