Threading hair removal is an excellent method which is kinder to the skin than other hair removing procedures. It is a very delicate way and is suitable to even people with the most sensitive skin. It is mainly used for removing facial hair like eyebrows, upper lip, chin, sides of face, neck and forehead. Vastly popular in Eastern and Asian Countries, this method is fast becoming a favorite way of removing hair in the west too.
Creams, epilators, waxing, plucking, sugaring, threading, and electrolysis are some of the temporary and permanent hair removal methods that are aimed at getting rid of the unwanted hair growth on the body. There are many benefits of threading and a few downsides too! Let us learn about this method in brief.
What Is Threading?
Threading is a temporary method of hair removal in the Eastern and Asian countries. This process removes the hair or rather cuts it from the surface of the skin using a good quality thread.
Hair grows back in a few days or weeks depending upon the growth rate. A very economical practice unlike some of the other options, threading is less painful when compared to various other available hair removing methods.
How It Is Done?
A 2 feet good quality thread is taken and its ends are tied. Wrapped around the fingers, the circle is then twisted at the centre. A big x is formed this way. The twist formed at the centre can be moved from one side to another by opening the fingers of one hand and simultaneously closing the fingers of the other hand.
The twisted part is then placed on the skin and is moved from one end to another. This process traps the hair and cuts it from the surface of the skin.
Usually the hair reappears after 3 to 4 days in people with faster hair growth and can take up to 2 to 3 weeks in people with slower hair growth rate. This process is slightly painful and can result in mild redness and swelling, which can be treated with a regular moisturizer.
Advantages of Threading:
Devoid of any chemicals and the side effects of it, this method is easy, fast, economical, and can be done in the comforts of home. A little practice and imitating a professional is all we need to get rid of the undesired hair growth. Let us know a few advantages of this method.
It is an economical process. A 2 feet long cotton thread would not be a burden on any purse unlike permanent methods like laser or electrolysis, or for that matter other temporary ways like shaving, epilators, waxing etc.
- In comparison with other methods, threading is least painful. It is not a messy method, and is less painful. Unlike waxing and sugaring a sticky layer of melted wax or sugar is not applied, nor is the pain involved in removing the hair as painful.
- Threading is much sensitive to the skin than waxing is, and it does not result in ingrown hairs. It helps uproot and remove more hair follicles at a time than plucking each strand with tweezers. It is not practical to pull each strand on the face with tweezers. But, in threading it is possible to remove tiny hair on cheeks, upper lip, and legs. It is an easy, less painful procedure and with better results when compared to plucking.
- Chemicals are not used in threading, hence no risk of reaction and allergy. Unlike depilatory creams, threading does not use chemicals. People with sensitive skin are the worst sufferers of these creams. It can burn the skin, result in rashes, and might do permanent damage in some cases. Threading is free of any chemicals. All it needs is a pure 100%, strong, and good quality cotton thread.
- Threading is recommended as an excellent hair removing option for people who use Retin-A (treatment for acne resulting from black heads and white heads), Accutane (for acne treatment), and other similar treatments.
- It removes facial hair effectively. It is especially preferred for eyebrows and upper lips.
- Unlike shaving, there is no risk of cutting or scrapping the skin, which might leave a permanent mark.
- Threading is a very economical way of getting rid of the unwanted hair growth. Laser and electrolysis would give hairless body and face permanently, but it is not affordable to all.
- Unlike waxing and sugaring method, threading is simple and is not messy. No wax or sugar syrup to melt and apply and no pain to pull out the hair.
Disadvantages of Threading:
All the methods have some positives and some negatives, so does threading. A few disadvantages of it are listed below.
- It is always better to get threading done by a professional. With an unskilled practitioner it may not result in the desired result and can be very painful.
- Doing it at home or doing it by your self needs a lot of practice. Learning the right technique needs lot of patience and practice.
- If not properly done in case of sensitive skin, it can mildly irritate the skin, and can result in temporary itching, redness and swelling.
- Side effects of this method can include skin redness, folliculitis – inflammation of the hair follicles, and puffiness.
- Threading works the best on flat surfaces and does not work effectively on curved parts like the bikini area or the knees.
- The results are not as smooth as compared to that of waxing or sugaring.
- Hair grows back in a few days and is not a permanent solution like the laser or the electrolysis.
- When suffering from acne, threading should never be tried. It can rupture the small blisters and spread the infection.
- It is also not practical to thread large body areas like back, stomach, legs etc because it can be very tiring.
- It is a temporary method and the hair grows back within 3 to 4 days depending upon the rate of growth.
These are some of the advantages of threading which has benefited many men and women across the world. But, the biggest disadvantage of it is that the hair grows back in 3 to 4 days depending upon the speed of the hair growth.