Monday, March 9, 2009

Uh know that has to hurt..

That's just one of the things that I overheard while I was getting my eyebrows threaded. Along with "Oh my gosh, that's so crazy. I'm just going to stick to waxing" and "Do you think her eyebrows will come out okay? to "What in the world is that?" A mall near me finally got a threading booth so I was excited to try it. The booth is in the middle of the mall so of course curious crowds were expected. There were 2 girls ahead of me. I waited about 15 minutes for my turn.

I asked my boyfriend to take my picture while my eyebrows were being threaded. Being the comedian that he thinks he is, he took a bunch of unflattering armpit pictures and like two post-able pictures.

My before picture. (I never noticed how bushy my eyebrows were. Plus I was waiting to get them threaded so I was letting them grow out.)

Caution: This is a mega close up picture.



The lady who did my eyebrows had the thread tied around her neck. In the Youtube threading videos I had seen, the lady held the thread in her mouth. That seemed to be the only difference from the videos and what the lady actually did.


The whole process took about 10-15 minutes. She was very supportive of me taking a "before" picture. When I told my boyfriend to take a "before" picture, she said "Oh yes, yes definitely, yes go ahead, it will be a very big difference." She seemed eager to dig into my eyebrows. The lady had to break out all her tools - thread, comb, tweezers and scissors.

You know what's kind of ironic. A couple days ago I posted that I was planning on getting my eyebrows threaded. And included this clip art:
I said I hoped after I got my eyebrows threaded I wouldn't look like this. The ironic part is that I look like this anyways because my left eyebrow has always been higher than my right eyebrow. No kind of shaping can change that but, I'm glad as it's not as drastic as my clip art friend here.

- Not painful at all. I heard mixed reviews on how much threading hurts. I found it did not hurt at all. There were a couple hairs where I felt it more but, still not painful to me. I think waxing is definitely more painful than threading.
- Achieve a better eyebrow shape/arch than waxing. You saw how bushy my eyebrows were before they were threaded. I guess because waxing is done in strips, you can't really precisely control which hairs you want to remove like you can using thread.
- No allergic or after waxing reaction. Sometimes when I get my eyebrows waxed I get bumps after. I'm not sure if this is a reaction to the wax or not. With threading, you don't have to worry about any chemical reacting with your skin. They also recommend threading to those suffering from acne. Waxing and laser hair removal is not recommended while using certain acne medications. Threading is also good for with sensitive skin, such as those suffering from eczema, which I have.
- Longer lasting results. This I can't vouch for quite yet. Supposedly, threading lasts longer than waxing and tweezing. I'll keep you posted.
- Inexpensive. Cost for eyebrow threading was $12. Not too bad, especially if it does last longer.
- I only got my eyebrows done but other areas you can get threaded are your chin, sideburns and upper lip. I'm guessing if it hurt less than waxing my eyebrows, threading will hurt less in these areas too.

- This con is more specific to the booth I went to rather than threading in general. Because it is a booth in the middle of the mall, you'll definitely get a crowd like I mentioned. Plus, it's a new booth so a lot of people still haven't seen it and are curious when they pass by. My eyes were closed when my eyebrows were being threaded but, I could hear everything. I felt like I was having surgery awake and people were hovering me making comments like I was asleep.
- You have to hold your eyelid down and forehead up while your eyebrows are being threaded. I'm assuming (even though you know what they say about assuming) this is being done to spread out your eyebrow area making it easier to thread. Don't spend a lot of time on your eye makeup if you plan on getting your eyebrows threaded because it will get smudged.

I'm excited to try threading again. This might be my new go-to method for eyebrow shaping. The cons really weren't that bad. It was the only cons I could think of. My first threading experience was definitely a positive one.

I felt like I looked different after. It took me about a day to get used to it. Kind of like getting used to a haircut.

Conclusion: I definitely like getting my eyebrows threaded better than waxing or tweezing. If you want to try a different way to shape your eyebrows and you have a place that does threading near you, I say go for it. Two thumbs up for threading.


Janelle said...

Haha aww I'd feel so weird if everyone was watching me like that! They turned out nice though. Very groomed & clean. I think I will give it a try soon. Thanks for the review & pics!

Vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing your experience! I always wondered about eye brow threading....I hear both it hurts and it doesn't hurt so I might have to try that!

A. Rose said...

Yay! Are you a convert now? I don't think I'll ever go back to waxing again. Good call about not spending too much time on your eyemakeup before threading...sometimes I walk outta the salon looking like a raccoon! Haha.

Miss Yaya said...

im stuck on waxing the brows :) but glad u had an easy experience

Makeup by ReRe said...

Hey girl, cute blog =) I thread my own eyebrows and it is very easy to learn to do! I will be making my first youtube tutorial soon and I plan on making it on learning how to threat your own brows so check out my blog for updates!

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Girl with Curl said...

Janelle: It's not too bad because you're eyes are closed so you don't really notice them. You just hear them.

Vanessa: I was bracing myself for pain when I got them done and I didn't even know she had started. Maybe my eyebrow nerves were already dulled by waxing so I barely felt the threading.

A.Rose: As of right now, it seems like I'll be a convert. Hopefully my next threading experiences will be just as good. Next time I need my eyebrows done, I'll be getting them threaded.

Miss Yaya: Did you have a bad threading experience before?

Makeup by ReRe: Thanks! I'll definitely check out your tutorial when you have it done.

Iyah said...

Awww!! Your eyebrows look nice! I used to do threading but the threading place here is very limited. Just cannot find the right place to go, so I tweeze my own eyebrows instead. hahah! :)

I don't like waxing because I always get bumps on my forehead whenever I have my eyebrows wax :(

Jen said...

ooOoH! I really want to get my eyebrows threaded. I always thought about getting them down when I'm in the nova area cause they have way more places, but now I wanna check this place out. Maybe on a weekday though so I don't draw a crowd. HAHA!

Girl with Curl said...

Iyah: I always have to trim my eyebrows too because they're so long and hang down. I tried to do that myself before and messed it up so now I always have to get someone professional to do my eyebrows.

I used to get bumps too when I would wax. I need to add that to the Pros list in this post. Thanks for reminding me.

Jen: Yup, I think I'm in love with threading. I always wanted to get them done but, there was never a place close by so I'm glad they have one near Lynnhaven.

Yeah I would go on a weekday to avoid the crowds instead of like how I did and went on a Saturday afternoon.

hmixon1 said...

I've never heard of this- I live a podunk town. Thanks for the info.

Suburbanbushbabe said...

I love threading and also get it done at a mall kiosk.

Krist Angielen said...

I LOVE getting my eyebrows threaded!! i was so excited when i saw the kiosk at lynnhaven even after i saw they charged $12 and i only paid $8 when i lived in chicago! i was so sad when i moved here and found out no one knew what threading was... it makes me mad when ignorant people dismisses the idea without any type of information about it.

Tamika said...

I've never tried threading and I actually don't get my eyebrows waxed either. I've always had thin eyebrows so waxing would make them a hot mess and probably near invisible. Even when I try to grow them out, they don't get that bushy, just out of shape because they're already thin. I thought about trying it but my scalpel works just fine for now.