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Threading, one of the oldest methods of body hair removal, is popular in India and the Middle East. Called khite in Arabic and fatlah in Egypt. It is used for removing hair from the entire face, including the eyebrows, the upper lip, the chin and the cheeks. One reason for its continued popularity is that it is so much healthier for the skin and doesn’t result in ingrown hair.
Threading involves rolling a twisted thin, anti bacterial cotton thread over untidy hairlines and plucking out the unwanted hairs. During threading the plucking of the hair is at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing where a single hair is pulled out each time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line.
Threading has several advantages over other methods. It is not only an inexpensive method of hair removal, but also fast and far less painful than some other options. It is a convenient method for removing hair from areas like the eyebrows and face and its effect lasts from two to four weeks.
One of the best features of threading is that it is suitable for even skin that is too sensitive for laser hair removal or waxing. It takes no more than 30 minutes to get both brows done, which makes eyebrow threading particularly popular. And as no chemicals are involved there is no risk of a reaction setting in.
There are some disadvantages of threading as well. It is hard to find a really good practitioner of this hair removal method. Its side effects can include folliculitis, a bacterial infection of the hair follicles, reddening of the skin , hence it is important that your practitioner uses an anti-bacterial thread, and follows strict hygiene and sanitation methods. Its other major drawback is that it works only on flat surfaces. Threading is difficult to perform on body areas that are not flat, such as the bikini line and the knees.
Those suffering from acne should especially avoid threading because it can cause severe acne to rupture. All this gives shaving an edge over threading and other methods.
Well groomed and maintained eyebrows give shape to the eye and character to the face. Unsightly grooming mistakes actually draw attention away from the eyes and other facial features, which is not the goal for a well-groomed appearance. Eyebrow shaping is as simple as shaving or applying makeup and should not be overlooked if the well-groomed look is what you’re going for. The following eyebrow shaping secrets will help make eyebrow maintenance simple:
When shaping your own eyebrows there are a few rules to follow:
Finding the shape that is right for your facial structure is important, eyebrows should start before the eye (nose side) and not after. Try to keep the shape even – there is nothing worse than a tadpole sitting on top of your eyes. (To do this, place a pencil vertical along each edge of the nose, any part of the eyebrow that extends beyond the edge of the pencil closest to the bridge of the nose should be removed.
On the outer edge of the eyebrow, place the edge of a pencil vertically along the outer corner of each eye. Any hairs that extend beyond the edge of the pencil towards the temples should also be removed. Then to determine where the arch of the eyebrow should be, use the same pencil aligned vertically with the iris, or coloured part of the eye. The arch of the eyebrow should be directly above the iris. This helps shape the eyebrow to accentuate the eye. Mark each point, the arch and the inner and outer corners with an eyebrow pencil to serve as a guide.
A 100% anti-bacterial cotton thread imported from India is used for Threading. This thread allows strength but resilience during the technique whilst reducing the risk of infection.
Threading is mainly performed on the face e.g. eyebrows, upper lip, chin, sides of face, nose, ears, neck, sideburns and forehead but can be used all over the body.
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