When shaving and waxing becomes a pain, eyebrow threading is an excellent alternative to consider. Although it is, for the most part, a simple procedure, it can be intimidating to those new to it.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider that will make threading or undergoing threading easier for you.
- Do consider brow/face shape. The eyebrows shape the upper portion of the face. Since nobody has the same facial shape or pattern, it is important to consider that everyone has different needs. Eyebrows are not a one-size fits all concept.
- Do prepare for redness. Since threading involves pulling the hair out from each root, there will be some irritation on the skin. Every person varies in how much the redness shows, but it usually does not last for more than an hour. Take this into account if you have somewhere important to be immediately after threading.
- Do consider threading after a warm bath or shower. Heat causes the pores to open, and moisture softens the skin. A warm bath or shower before threading can make the procedure easier and less painful. Even a warm, wet towel on the face for a few minutes helps.
- Do Sanitize. If you are threading, make sure your hands are washed and clean before each appointment to avoid spreading bacteria. In addition, ensure that the facial area surrounding the eyebrow is clean and prepared with a sanitizing skin wipe.
- Do use anesthetic if necessary. Some people have a lower tolerance to pain than others and may require a topical anesthetic cream or gel to help numb the skin for threading.Do wash face with cold water. If your skin is more irritable than usual or you have excessive redness, a few splashes of cold water on the face after being threaded can help with pain and relieve the rosy skin quicker.
- Don’t wear eye makeup. Excessive eye makeup will make it difficult to thread the hairs of the eyebrows and make the area more susceptible to ingrown hairs/infection.
- Don’t hold threads in your mouth. When threading, don’t secure the thread in your mouth as this is considered unsanitary. Instead, fasten the thread around your neck to keep it in place.
- Don’t expose the skin to sunlight shortly after threading. Try to avoid the sun as much as possible for the next few hours after being threaded. The skin is especially vulnerable afterward since the pores are open and it may already be irritated.
- Don’t apply makeup, creams, or lotions immediately. Many people are quick to reach for a heavy lotion or cream to try and soothe the skin after threading. The vulnerable skin may be clogged by lotions and facial products and can cause ingrown hairs. Instead, use a dab of Aloe Vera if necessary.
- Don’t use razors in between appointments. Razors only cut the surface hair and will make the individual hair lengths uneven and difficult to thread.