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Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Hair threading is becoming increasingly popular as a hair removal technique for facial hair; favoured by top models it offers a fast, precise relatively painless hair removal technique. Bollywood brows have overtaken Brazilian bikini lines as the hottest depilatory fad.

What is Threading?
Threading is an inexpensive, safe, simple, fast and effective method of hair removal. It removes facial hair quickly and effectively without damaging the skin. Threading has been used for more than 1,000 years in Eastern countries to remove unwanted facial hair. Known as khite in Arabic and fatlah in Egyptian, it's a less common method in the West for removing hair at the root, used primarily on facial hair. Rows of stray hairs are yanked out with twists of cotton thread.

Historical overview:
The history of threading is not clear, some claim it began in Turkey. Threading hair is so basic to women in the Middle East and India that it can be compared to girls learning to braid each other's hair as children. Traditionally, threading is used on the entire face, including upper lip, chin, eyebrows, sideburns and cheeks.

The practitioner holds one end of the cotton thread in his or her teeth and the other in the left hand. The middle is looped through the index and middle fingers of the right hand. The practitioner then uses the loop to trap a series of unwanted hairs and pull them from the skin. There are also devices made that can hold the thread during the procedure. Threading is an exact science and takes a while to perfect, it's not something that could be learnt over a short period and as a consequence is not readily available in Ireland. Threading is now a major drawing card for high-end spas and salons.

Creates very precise, defined eyebrows, a lot of models would use this method for hair removal as it creates the most amazing arched perfect eyebrows and a much better finish as opposed to plucking or waxing, it's inexpensive and fast. Like plucking, results can last up to two to four weeks. Threading pulls strands out by the follicle, so it does not leave in-grown hairs.
Regular threading can maintain a clean, sharp appearance of the eyebrow, without the common irritation and puffiness from waxing and other hair removal techniques.

Who has it done?
Celebrities reported to have regular threading appointments include Brad Pitt, Glen Close, Reese Witherspoon, Liz Hurley, Heather Graham, Cher and Selma Hayek. And magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Glamour have all featured the hair removal treatment.