Every woman dreams of waking up every morning looking like they’re ready for a Zoom call. But let’s face it. Most of us still need to check in the mirror and get at least the basics addressed: concealer, eyebrows, lips, cheeks. There’s a way to make things simple, right? Let’s start with the brows.
There are many ways to ensure that your brows look stunning 24/7, but most of the debate centres around threading vs waxing. Which one should you get, and is one really better than the other? Read on to find out.
What is threading?
Threading is an ancient hair removal technique that dates back to the olden days in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. It involves a piece of cotton thread that’s twisted and then glided along the brow to remove strands of tiny hairs from their roots and shape the eyebrow in the process. It has minimal to zero downtime and takes only about 15 minutes to complete.
Threading is non-invasive, does not require any special tools, and does not use any products, apart from a pre-treatment cleanser and post-treatment soothing creams. A skilled beauty technician expertly twists the thread over the brows to achieve the brow shape that complements your face.
What is waxing?
Eyebrow waxing is similar to threading, only that it uses warm liquid wax to assist in the hair removal process. After assessing what shape works best for your face shape, the beauty therapist preps the area by trimming long hairs with scissors, if needed, and then cleansing the brow before the warm wax is gently applied.
If the technician uses hard wax, a pre-epilation oil is sometimes used after cleaning. No wax strip is needed here, as the hard wax turns into a strip itself. When it hardens, the wax is removed in one swift move, removing all the individual hairs underneath it. The process will be naturally painful for a moment but then later subsides.
If the technician uses a liquid wax, the process is the same, only that a cloth strip is placed over the wax. Then the strip is quickly pulled off.
Similarities between threading and waxing
Both threading and waxing require brow experts and trained technicians to perform. There are many home waxing kits for removing hair in different parts of the body, but working on the eyebrows is a different story altogether.
You need an experienced beautician who’s trained with brow shaping and executing the procedure accurately. Otherwise, you could end up with misaligned brows or, worse, no brows at all.
Note that both waxing and threading are semi-permanent hair removal procedures and that you will need to visit your trusted beauty therapist regularly for touchups.
Another notable similarity between the two hair removal methods is that they are both non-invasive procedures. Whether you get your eyebrows threaded or waxed, they are all surface-level — no skin barrier needs to be broken to succeed. Waxing or threading can also be painful, though the discomforts are temporary and manageable.
Differences between eyebrow waxing and threading
There are several differences between threading and waxing, which is why some people prefer one over the other. However, much of the decision rests on personal preference. Are you comfortable with having warm wax applied to your eyebrows, or would you rather have a dry procedure with no substances involved?
Do you think you will have allergic reactions to certain types of wax? You can opt to have a patch test 24 hours before the procedure to be sure. At Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty, we give clients the option to come for a patch test; otherwise, if clients would like to just go on with waxing, they can choose to waive the need for a patch test as reactions are very rare.
Perhaps the most notable difference between waxing and threading is how the hairs are pulled out. With waxing, the hairs are removed in one direction in a single pull. With threading, the skilled therapist can maneuver the thread to go in different directions to ensure an extra clean sweep.
Waxing may be also be preferred over threading if you have extra dry skin because the thread can cause irritation as it moves around the skin. Many salons have a fix to this, however, and they apply a moisturizer or soothing gel to protect the skin as the process is performed.
Can threading or waxing damage the brows?
Both procedures, although non-invasive, come with some risks to your skin, like allergic reactions, irritation, redness, and some swelling. In the hands of an expert beauty therapist, the discomforts should be minimal to none. If some irritation is experienced after the procedure, the clinician will have the products and the tools to address these immediately.
With that said, to answer the question of waxing or threading causing possible brow damage, it shouldn’t be worrisome if you get it done by a professional.
Threading or waxing: which is better?
Some people like threading eyebrows as they claim it cleans up your brows more thoroughly, but some also prefer to have their eyebrows waxed so that it’s all done in one quick go. Determining which one is better all boils down to what your clinician recommends would be best for your skin type.
At Lovoir Skin Body and Beauty, we can evaluate your skin and devise a personalised treatment approach so that you can be your best self. Get in touch with us for inquiries or book an appointment with any of our professional and friendly brow technicians.