Eyebrow threading is getting more and more popular, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on this beauty trend! With all the worries about the possible risks of eyebrow threading, a lot of women still prefer threading hair removal on the eyebrows. It’s less painful or gentler on the skin, it removes finer hairs, and the procedure is fast. Best of all, it is less expensive, or even free if you learn to do it on your own. Find out about eyebrow threading and how to do it yourself in this step-by-step guide!
Eyebrow Threading Step-by-Step Tutorial for Beginners
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Take a look at these steps to learn how to thread eyebrows:
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What You Will Need:
- Thin high cotton thread or threading thread
- A small pair of scissors
- Eyebrow pencil
- Eyebrow brush
- Aloe vera gel
- Loose powder
- Face astringent
- An ice pack or baby oral gel
Step 1. Prepping your Face
First off, eyebrow threading borders on uncomfortable to painful. There are three things you can do to somehow ease or remove the pain. But before that, you need to clean your face as you do for your beauty ritual.
- Apply an ice pack on your eyebrows to help numb the area.
- You can also apply baby oral gel which is just as effective as the ice pack.
- Apply loose powder to create a barrier.
Step 2. Prepare the Threads
Measure your thread to about 15 to 20 inches, then cut. Tie both ends of the thread into a knot to make a loop from the thread. Do this again at least three times to strengthen the knot and the loop. You can also trim the extra thread sticking out from the knot for a clean loop.
Step 3. Test the Loop of Thread
Hold out the loop of thread with both hands and stretch it out to check for strength. Have both the fingers on your hands holding the opposite side of the loop so that you can pull at either side. You may also run the thread through your fingers to get the hang of pulling at the thread.
Step 4. Make an X
With one hand, turn the thread over to make an X in the middle. Once you’ve made the X, twist at it again. How do you know which hand to turn over? This will be the hand to perform the threading which is usually your dominant hand.
Before you get started, make sure you practice maneuvering the thread against your skin. Practice by opening and closing one hand holding one side of the loop so that the twist at the center can move. This is the part which will do the work of removing the hair strands.
Step 5. Prepare your Eyebrows
Remember, eyebrows can grow back for as long as 2 to 3 weeks so you need to be careful. Prepare your eyebrows so you can remove your eyebrows flawlessly. You may mark or draw the shape you desire in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. Start drawing from the inside of your eyebrows outwards. Make sure both eyebrows are outlined evenly.
Step 6. Start Threading your Eyebrows
If you’ve done your practice and you are now feeling confident then you can start threading your eyebrows. Place the twisted part of the loop over the part where you wish to thread. Locate the hair you want to remove and position the twist of the loop against the hair. You will also want to go against the direction of the hair growth to prevent ingrown hairs from developing.
Now close the hands controlling the thread and gently slide the twisted thread across the hair strands you want to be removed. As you pull at the thread while running against the hair strands, the corners of the twist will pick them up and remove them. Gently glide through your skin and not tug at the thread hard to avoid irritation.
Step 7. Trim Eyebrows with Scissors
Repeat the process with the rest of the areas in your eyebrows you want cleared. For beginners, you can start slow but soon you will get the hang of it. Once you’re done threading all the unwanted eyebrow hair, trim the eyebrows with small scissors to achieve a more defined shape. You can also use an eyebrow brush to sweep the hair so you know the direction of the hair growth. For the right brow shape for your face, you may also check out this eyebrow tutorial.
Step 8. Apply Astringent
When you’re finished threading your brows, apply astringent to clear up the area and aloe vera gel to help soothe the part. You may also reapply ice packs or baby oral gel to numb the pain left by the process. Now baby oral gel may seem unlikely but eyebrow threading buffs swear by it.
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Follow the full step-by-step tutorial in this video from Super Princess Jo:
And that, my friend, is how you thread your eyebrows. Pretty neat, huh? But do be warned: make sure to practice the threading process first, before you thread your eyebrows. Otherwise, you might make an irreversible mistake you won’t be able to change for at least two to three weeks until your hair grows out again. As you may know, it can be a bit painful but the results are very rewarding which perhaps outweighs what little discomfort it brings!
Have you tried eyebrow threading? How did it go? We’re excited to find out about it in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 19, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.