What Is Face Threading & How to Do It

What is face threading?

Threading is a hair removal method where you use a twisted thread slider over the skin and remove hair and scabs from the root. The result is a clean and even surface.

Things to think about after the treatment:
After the treatment, the hair follicles are not completely closed, which makes them extra susceptible to infection.

You should use to avoid fiddling with your face. Avoid sun, sauna, exercise and active and strong products at least 24 hours after the treatment.

Be sure to use clean tools when applying makeup. A redness and small rashes may occur after the treatment, these usually subside after 1-4 days.

The visit interval is individual but normally for the face is 4-6 weeks.

To remove unwanted facial hair, you need the following:

  • A thicker cotton thread
  • Scissor
  • Baby powder (or other loose powder)

How to do it:

  • Measure and cut the thread to about 30-40 cm. Tie the ends together at least three times.
  • Pull the thread out into a rectangle and bring your fingers inside so that you have your nails pointing upwards.
  • With one hand you spin the thread so you get an X in the middle. Repeat again. The hand you use is most likely your dominant hand and will be the hand that performs the threading.
  • Apply the powder on the area you want to thread. This makes it easier to get the hair to stick to the strand.
  • Look at which direction the hair is growing. You should thread against the direction in which your hair grows.
  • The hand you used when spinning the thread in previous steps is your dominant hand. With that hand, you take in one of the loops that you have created and by opening and closing the hand, the X in the middle will move and make it easy for you to thread.
  • You adjust the threading all the time with your hands. The X in the middle is the part that will help you get rid of your unwanted hair.
  • If you have chosen to thread the eyebrows, you can take the opportunity to cut them with a small pair of scissors after you have finished threading. This so that you can get the desired shape you want.
  • When you are done with the threading, it can be good to lubricate yourself with a caring skin ointment. This is because the skin can easily become irritated, but it usually settles within a few hours.

Advantages of threading compared to shaving, knotting and waxing:

  • Unlike shaving, plucking and waxing which can damage small vessels, threading gives a smoother result. As the hair is pulled from the root, the result is more lasting than shaving, leaving a soft and smooth surface.
  • Threading suits everyone, even those with very sensitive skin. A certain redness can occur after the treatment as it starts the blood circulation and oxygenates the skin, which leads to a healthier skin.
  • Threading removes the entire hair strand from the root without damaging the root. Regular threading leads to the hair growing more slowly.

A little more about threading:

In addition to removing hair and scabs on the face, blood circulation is also stimulated with threading and also acts as a less rejuvenating and exfoliating treatment.

The treatment itself is simple and is performed with a thin, twisted cotton thread. However, the execution itself requires a lot of experience and good technology.

To achieve the best results, use a clean, thin, twisted cotton thread.

The hair is pulled out from the root when the twisted part is pulled together and this is continued until you have achieved a desired result.

Some find the treatment soothing and pleasant, others feel a certain discomfort, but the slight pain passes quickly as the skin’s adaptation mechanism is set in motion.

Threading is a gentle treatment compared to waxing or plucking, but like all other treatments, there is a risk of short-term irritation in the hair follicle.

Then you can apply soothing Aloe vera ointment on the treated area.

Why do you thread your face?

Some do it because they have dark hair growth they want to get rid of, but even people with lighter hair growth can have a lot of hair on their face, which is often very long as well.

Some people are bothered by the fact that it is visible, for example in sunlight, and some people are bothered by the fact that the make-up does not apply as well in the areas where you have a lot of hair.

How much can you thread?

You can either thread small areas such as the upper lip, lower lip and chin, but you can also thread the entire face, neck and neck.

There are different price ranges depending on how large an area you want to thread, everything from threading mini to threading luxury!

You can also thread the eyebrows, but some salons make the shape with tweezers and scissors and then thread around.

I recommend you should end your treatment with a cooling, soothing and repairing day cream that is 100% natural, 100% vegan and 99% organic.

Does face threading hurt?

Everyone is differently sensitive, but the coarser hairs you have, the more it feels. Some people think it hurts a lot, some people think it’s nice and it only hurts in some areas.

What do you look like right after?

The skin turns red when you thread, it is individual how much, some become very red others not much at all.

The skin feels smoother than a baby and a little warm. It almost feels like you got a facelift!

The days afterwards – For many people, the end result has been achieved as soon as the redness subsides, ie after only a few hours after the treatment.

On sensitive skin, however, there may be rashes that look like pimples, which disappear after 3-7 days. Also common if you wax.

The soothing skin care after the treatment means that you have less risk of a rash, or get a milder rash. It is also important to be careful with skin care at home the days after.

These rashes usually come only the first / the first times you thread, then the skin gets used to it.

Note that these rashes rarely have to do with acne skin, but rather because you have a sensitive skin.

What is the difference in the result compared to other methods?

Methods such as shaving and cream are not as durable as the hair is only removed on the top of the skin, then it grows out after just a few days.

In addition, shaving gives a stubby feeling when it grows out, because you cut off the thin top of the straws.

And compared to waxing, threading is much more gentle, waxing pulls a little in the skin as well and takes large portions at the same time, which can lead to, for example, ruptured blood vessels.

How long does it last?

It is different how fast the hair grows, for about 3 weeks most people are completely hairless but in some it takes even longer.

If you thread regularly, the hair growth decreases, and then you do not need to thread often at all.

Can you get coarser hair growth from threading?

Threading does not stimulate the hair follicles and should not make the strands coarser, as I said, the hair growth can on the contrary decrease if you thread regularly for a long time.

Is it bad for the skin to thread?

No not at all! It triggers blood circulation in the skin and removes dead skin cells, a bit like an exfoliation.


Should you thread your face yourself at home?

Threading the face yourself at home is not something I recommend, the technology is difficult to learn and the risk of it going wrong is great if you do not have the right touch.

Getting threaded at a salon is quick, in just a quarter of an hour the eyebrows are completely finished and you can be sure of getting a perfect result.

Threading – facts

  • Hair removal technique with roots in the Middle East especially suitable for eyebrows and face.
  • Made with thin cotton thread.
  • Gives a fast and long-lasting result.





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