Step-by-Step Guide: How to Thread Your Own Eyebrows
Perfectly groomed eyebrows are a hallmark of women’s beauty and have become an essential element of daily makeup routine. Thick and bushy brows are always in-style and with proper maintenance, you can achieve those face-framing, perfectly shaped eyebrows without even stepping out of your home. In this article, we’ll walk you through a simple 5-step process on how to thread your own eyebrows at home with ease and without any pain.
Before we dive into the steps, let’s first go over some basic understanding of threading. Threading is a non-invasive hair removal technique that is used to remove hair from the face, eyebrows, and upper lips. The technique involves using a length of cotton thread that is twisted and pulled along the skin, catching and extract multiple hair roots in one go. Unlike waxing, threading is gentle, precise, and best of all, it doesn’t cause any irritation or rashes to the skin.
Who is this guide for?
This guide is for anyone who is struggling to maintain a perfect shape and look for their eyebrows. Whether you are new to threading or have ever done it before, this guide will provide you all you need to know about threading your eyebrows all by yourself. This step-by-step guide is written with the assumption that you are a beginner and doesn’t have much experience in doing eyebrow threading. So let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather your tools
The first thing you need to do is to gather all the tools that you will need for threading your eyebrows. Here are some of the tools that you should prepare:
– A spool of cotton thread: Most drug stores and pharmacies sell threads specifically designed for threading. If you can’t find any, regular sewing thread will also do the trick.
– A pair of sharp scissors: To cut the thread to the desired length.
– A mirror: It’s essential to have a clear view of yourself while you’re threading your eyebrows.
– A pencil: To mark the spots on your brows to create an outline.
– Tweezers: In case you want to pluck away some stray hairs on your brows, it’s good to have a pair of tweezers handy.
Step 2: Prep your skin
Threading is less painful than waxing but the process still includes pulling hairs out of your skin. Therefore, it’s always good to prep your skin beforehand to minimize any pain and prevent redness. To prepare your skin, follow these steps:
– Wash your hands: Always wash your hands thoroughly before you start threading, to avoid transferring any dirt and bacteria onto your face.
– Clean your face: Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face, rinse off, and pat dry with a soft towel.
– Apply a cold compress: Applying a cold compress for a few minutes will help calm and soothe your skin, making it less sensitive to pain during threading.
Step 3: Mark the outline of the eyebrows
To maintain the shape and symmetry, it’s essential to draw an outline of the desired eyebrow shape. Here’s how to do it:
– Take a pencil and place it on one side of your nose while looking straight ahead.
– Mark that spot and then move the pencil to the outer corner of your eye. This will be the end point of your eyebrow.
– Next, move the pencil to the highest point of your eyebrow arch, marking it. This is the highest point of your arch and is typically above the outer edge of your pupil.
– Use a ruler if you need to ensure the outline is symmetrical.
– Now, repeat the same steps for the other eyebrow.
– Check if both the arches are symmetrical and make changes as needed.
Step 4: Start Threading
Now that you’ve marked the outline of your eyebrows, you’re ready to start threading. Follow these steps to learn how to thread your eyebrows:
– Cut the Thread: Cut a piece of cotton thread of about 25 to 30 inches long.
– Tie a knot: Knot the ends of the thread together to create a loop.
– Hold The Thread: Hold the thread in both hands with the knot in the center, and wind the thread around the fingers of both hands, about 7-8 times.
– Find the Hair: Hold the part of the loop with the twists at the center with your non-dominant hand and use your dominant hand to hold the upper part of the loop with the hair closer to your eyebrow.
– Twist and Pull: Twist your dominant hand and move it back and forth while pulling the thread, the twisted part of the loop will catch the hair and pluck it out.
– Repeat steps 4 to 5 until you remove all the unwanted hair around the eyebrow until it has a smooth look.
Step 5: Finish Up
Once you’re done with threading, use a clean washcloth to wipe off any excess hair strands or powder left on your face. Finish off by applying an after-threading lotion to soothe your skin and to prevent hair ingrowth.
Congratulations, you have threaded your brow like a pro!
Tips for Threading Your Eyebrows at Home
– Take some pain reliever: If you have a low pain tolerance, take some mild pain reliever such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.
– Your hands should be free from lotions or oils: This helps in holding the thread firmly and prevents slipping accident.
– Practice makes perfect: If you don’t get it the first time, don’t give up! Practice makes perfect, and with time, you’ll get the hang of it.
– Always check symmetry: Eyebrows form a significant portion of your face, and even a slight difference can make an enormous difference in how your face looks.
– Don’t overpluck: Eyebrow hair grows back slowly, so be careful not to overpluck it, causing gaps and uneven brows.
Products that can help you in threading your eyebrows at home
Here are a few products that can make your self-threading process a lot easier:
– Brow brush/comb: It helps in brushing up your eyebrow hair to determine the desired shape.
– Eyebrow Powder: Applying a light layer of eyebrow powder on your brows before threading helps the hair to appear more noticeable, making it easier to remove.
– Brow Gel: Use this after threading to set and keep your desired shape all day long.
– Aloe Vera Gel: Use this as a cooling agent to soothe the skin after threading.
Threading your eyebrows at home is a great way to maintain those bushy brows of your dreams. Using this guide, you can confidently step away from professional salons and create the same results, sitting in the comfort of your own home. Remember, practice makes perfect and don’t get discouraged if it’s not perfect the first time. With time and practice, you’ll be threading like a pro in no time.