For years I paid little attention to my eyebrows, though they were heavy. One day my regular hairdresser offered to wax them into a more feminine shape. I was so struck by the transformation to my look that I began to have my eyebrows waxed every time I had my hair cut.
Waxing brows costs between $10 & $20.
High-tech waxes I changed hairdressers after several years & had to seek a new person to do my eyebrows.
A chance encounter with the esthetician at the new salon, & I was introduced to a new, high-tech soft wax that didn’t pull or hurt as much. I became devoted to this wax since years of waxing your eyebrows can indeed pull & age the skin over your eyes. I paid about $18 per visit for this treatment.
One day a friend asked me if I’d ever had my eyebrows threaded. She led me to believe that threaders would strip your brows very thin, which seems appealing at first, but your eyebrows are a nice part of your face, believe me, & waxing can cause permanent removal--don't go too thin.
I walked around with this misinterpretation of threaders for some time until threading became more common in waxing establishments.
Here's the real scoop on threading vs. waxing...
Threading is safer. Hot wax dangling over your eyes—not a good mental picture, huh? Threaders literally use strands of thread to remove the hair, so you can feel safe knowing there’s no fear of blinding you.
Threading is natural. I don’t know what wax is made of, but I’m sure it’s a chemical compound. The Food and Drug Administration warns that wax should not be used on many parts of your face & that waxing is dangerous for people with diabetes & circulatory problems (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm049041.pdf). Wax can burn your skin, & there is the potential for scarring. Threading is a gentle, natural form of hair removal in comparison.
Threading doesn't require you to have grown out your hair. If you want to have your eyebrows waxed, you have to resist the urge to mess with them in between visits. But threaders can remove even the tiniest hairs.
Threading is cheaper and more convenient. Threaders typically charge $12 for brows. Threading stores have popped up in most malls—no appointment necessary—& the process takes just a few minutes.
Drawbacks of threading:
You have to help the threader in the process: you have to pull your eyelid taut, which doesn't make this service feel very luxurious, not like a spa visit. It doesn't seem too good for your eyelid skin either, though no worse than pulling your skin with wax.
Threading doesn't last as long as waxing. I think threading lasts about a month whereas waxing can last closer to two months.
Threading is just for faces. I don't think you can have threading done on other parts of your body like your underarms. Does anyone know for sure?
Have you tried threading?
Part 1: The new brow shape: