Threading

My brows and I have had a roller coaster of a relationship. From the age of around two they expanded all the way up my forehead, joining up to my hairline and making me look like an offspring of Wolverine. It was all cool until hormones starting kicking in and fellow classmates picked up on the resemblance, leading me to an unfortunate incident one night involving a pair of nail scissors – lets just say there was some ‘pruning‘ involved – and things have never been the same since. I was 10 and my Mum was having to pencil in my brows for me each day before school. I had to skip swimming practice for a few weeks until they grew back. Oh the shame. I told my friends I’d had an allergic reaction to body glitter. True story.

Of course the nail scissors thing was just a phase. Then I found tweezers and things got really interesting. I got so pluck happy that I’m amazed that even one hair remained. I dub these the ‘tadpole years’ – they were like mini rotated ‘L’ shapes on my head that were a single hair long in breadth. It wasn’t until I reached sixth form that things started to regain some fullness; that’s eight years of puny excuses for brows. Ain’t nobody got time for that. By Uni I realised that the only way to combat the no-brow/mono-brow issue was to step away from the tweezers for a bit and finally five years later, after full recovery from the odd overzealous plucking session where I fell back into old habits, I felt happy with where they’d got to.

In hindsight I should have searched out professional brow attention a long time ago. Like a decade ago. But aside from a brief dalliance with waxing in a Benefit Brow Bar a few years back, which although I was happy with at the time, I look back on and think that a tad too much hair was disposed of that day, I’d never really sought out what my brows really needed all along – shape. That was until a chance peruse round John Lewis led me to a Blink counter and Lily (thanks for the action pic LP!) gave me the shove that I needed…

I’d heard good things about threading, but boy am I converted. The method uses a cotton thread to glide over the skin, grabbing unwanted hairs as it goes. It sounds bizarre, looks bizarre and feels bizarre. When I mentioned I’d had the treatment on Twitter the number one question was – does it hurt? And I can’t lie to you, it wasn’t pain free, but if you’re a regular tweezer then this is just a tad more eye watering than that. If I can man up and do it, anyone can. And it was so worth it for the results. Balanced brows for the first time since that nail scissor episode, with such clean lines and such shape. I now just add a dab of pencil through the front of my less lush brow and I’m done.

It’s not for everyone mind you. A snap proclaiming my love for threading on Instagram sparked some debate in the comments with waxers giving their side of the story and straight up pluckers offering up theirs because as with every regime in the world of beauty there isn’t a one size fits all solution. But for me threading fits. I’ve already eased on the plucking so I’m ready for my next session which judging by my rate of growth will be in the blink of an eye. I’m sorry – I just had to.

  • http://whatjessdoesnext.blogspot.com.au Jess Seymour

    I get mesmerised watching people get their brows threaded, and a friend used to line girls up and do it in the lunch room at work! I get mine waxed every two months and pluck in the mean time but glad to hear that this was a great experience for you!

    Great action shot!

    http://whatjessdoesnext.blogspot.com.au

    • BrowElix

      If you’re based in Los Angeles, I highly recommend trying eyebrow threading with browelix! They are completely on demand and come to you within the hour. It’s a great service and especially awesome when you can’t get away from the house for an hour!

      http://www.browelix.com

  • Anna Blush

    I use to get my brows waxed all the time, I’m another bushy browed girl, but now I just stick to tweezing. I did try threading once but it was so strange I didn’t really know what to think of it. Maybe I should give it a try now I’m a bit older. Love the action shot! x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • http://newgirl49.blogspot.co.uk/ Neelam

    I love the nice clean finish that threading leaves, I’ve never had my brows waxed – doesn’t sound like something I’d trust! But your brows look amazing :)
    Newgirl49.blogspot.co.uk

  • Avanti

    I am pretty low fuss but when my eyebrows need some TLC I always thread themoment.because it lasts longer and looks very neat. I don’t know how expensive Blink is but here in Australia there are quite a few places that do the job for only $5! Such a bargain!

    Avanti
    xxx
    Avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • http://theconsciencefund.wordpress.com/ Divya

    Here in India, thats the only way around to get your brows in shape! The results are nothing short of spectacular, specially when compared to tweezing!

    TheConscienceFund

  • http://jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk Jess French

    I absolutely love getting mine threaded, they just look amazing afterwards.

    Jess x

    http://www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

  • Carina Stewart

    I’m a fan of just plucking my brows, they don’t grow to crazy but my main problem is that they are just so thin naturally! I love the shape of your brows, they look amazing :)

    Carina | http://carstina.com/

  • Rebecca

    Like you my brows grow crazy over my face & really quickly too so its a very hard up keep iv heard of this but never gone for it because like you say scared. This may be something i must try!!

    http://www.rebeccajaneeeex.blogspot.com

  • Stephanie

    HD brows are the ticket! They tint wax thread and pluck so you get the best of all worlds which i need as i have one eyebrow higher than the other haha! Xxx

  • Ruhee

    In India, getting eyebrows threaded is the way to go. Painful but so so effective. Before coming to the US, I never knew that brows could be waxed.

  • Zoe G

    I used to get my brows waxed as I was too scared to try threading as all my friends said it was painful. I decided to take the plunge one day and have never looked back. I love threading. It has shaped my brows beautifully. They look neat and threading lasts longer (in my opinion). All my friends now comment on how amazing my brows look. I found a great lady who does them for £8.

  • http://www.arden-beauty.blogspot.com Ardenbeauty

    oh i love this! i really like this technique!

  • Beccy

    I’ve not tried threading, but I definitely need a helping hand with my brows. They are being extra unruly at the moment!

    http://www.bluebellandbumpkin.blogspot.com

  • http://pinkelephantbloggin.com/ Pink Elephant Blog

    I’m always terrified to let other people handle my brows (I’m always afraid I will end up with no brows at all!) but your brows look fab after the treatment… Might go and try it out.

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  • Stephanie

    I really enjoyed reading this, I think everyone has a brow story to tell! I’m always super nervous to let anyone touch my brows, even my sister (who is a qualified beauty therapist) has to battle me!

    Stephanie

    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251

    xxxx

  • http://claudiafoxblog.wordpress.com/ Claudia Louise Fox

    The thought of letting someone else touch my brows scares me tbh but I like the sound of it for sure. It’s finding a good place to go that doesn’t get too “thread happy” haha

  • ashley pryde

    i’m absolutely terrified of the thought of someone else being in charge of my brows because even at the best of plucking times they tend to look like two slugs trying to escape from my face and giving someone else the power to change that is wow, that’s a lot! after reading this though i will admit, i am a little more converted knowing now that i’m not the only one with brow disaster stories! xx

    peachyrobinsons.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://beautiesunlocked.blogspot.co.uk Carrieanne

    I need to try threading waxing has gave me no end of problems lately I seem to be allergic to it and have a red mask mark around my eyes
    Carrieanne xx

    http://beautiesunlocked.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://MrsDarcyLovesMakeup.blogspot.co.uk Janet Highland

    I am so surprised at the amount of people on here who have not tried threading. You are all VDM junkies!! and no doubt go to Superdrug regularly and they have someone permanently on hand to do threading at a fraction of the cost of “Blink” and they are just as good and are always having offers. Give it a go!!

  • Guest

    I really want to try this but im too scared! Haha xx

    Petite Blog

  • Guest

    I should really try this but I’m scared! Haha xx

    Petite Blog

  • http://sheensfabulositystudio.blogspot.co.uk/ Shireen Pasha Yasir

    ahhh threading! I have been having my eyebrows threaded since the first time 10 years ago and I have never had waxing done and now and again I do pluck some stray hairs but that’s it, i love threading and might even pursue a job in it soon as its much less pain and I guess its also a matter of preference. Glad you are a convert now Anna x

    http://sheensfabulositystudio.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Putri

    Threading my brows is honestly one of the best things that ever happen to me. no joke no exaggerating

  • Sam ‘time chronicles’

    Threading is the best. It’s so precise and leaves my brows looking the best they’ve ever looked. The pain isn’t really as bad as it seems.

    Sammi
    http://thechroniclesofwastedtime.blogspot.co.uk/

  • The Belle Lumiere

    Just make sure the therapist doesn’t have a cold sore… A friend of mine contracted some kind of infection/herpes of the eyebrow area because of the thread moving from the therapist’s cold-sore to her open pores! Gross!

  • http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/ Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    I’ve never threaded before but it sounds like such a good solution, I may have to try it! x

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  • lena

    For some reason i cant read your posts directly from my bloglovin app on my tablet..

  • http://loveaugustblog.blogspot.com/ Stephanie @ Love, August

    I tried threading once a very long time ago when my mom’s friend decided she wanted to practice her skills on me (it turned out well, thankfully!) but I haven’t ventured back into it since. I kind of want to but at the same time it’s so easy to just pluck myself, and I’m already happy with the shape/fullness of my brows, so I’m not sure it’s really necessary.

    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

  • Amber Hunter

    I honestly love threading. I thought it was pretty painful the first time I got it done but the shape left is just so pretty. It’s precise while still being soft.
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

  • http://georgie-brown.blogspot.co.uk/ Georgie Brown

    I had a similar situ when I was younger… But with a razor… I shaved the middle of my brows and tried to go underneath but ended up looking like a cartoon character with overly awful looking brows… Oh the things we do for beauty!

  • http://adrie182.blogspot.com/ adrie182

    Four years ago I attacked my eyebrows with tweezers and really only had about 4cm of eyebrows, and it was just in time for the start of High School. I didn’t realise back then but looking back now, me being obsessive with eyebrows, they were shocking.

    Unfortunately only a year later I discovered an eyebrow pencil.

    http://adrie182.blogspot.com.au/

  • ash

    I reeeeally wanna get my eyebrows threaded, im too much of a wuss though! lol.

    sophistoecho.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.jadeddaily.co.uk jadeddaily

    I need to actually get mine done. I’m such a wimp though. My eyebrows are awful, because they’re so sparse and the little hairs don’t grow flat, so they’re just a nightmare.
    You’ve inspired me to try threading!
    Jade x
    http://www.jadeddaily.co.uk

  • http://www.xoxolaarni.com/ Laarni

    Your brows look lovely!

    I love eyebrow threading. I regularly go to the salon every two weeks for my brows then every four weeks for my upper lip. I never pluck them now, i just let the hair grow and go threading.

  • Louise Cash

    I’ve had my eyebrows threaded twice and I honestly would never have it done again (the first time involved the woman slipping and pulling some of my eyelashes out) as I can’t bear the pain! Although I’m reconsidering after seeing how strong your eyebrow game is!
    Louise x

  • Parisian To Be

    I haven’t had my eyebrows done in ages. I’ve had both waxing and threading experiences, and threading is my favorite, by far. xo

    Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • http://msbubuandhergirlyness.blogspot.ca/ Stéphanie GB/MsBubu

    I knew about threading since a while ago, but I actually learnt how to do it when I was living in Belgium. I think the process is really cool! I’m not able to to it on brows though, but you can thread any body parts hehe!

  • Kate Wilson
  • Natalie B

    You look beautiful babe, I love getting my eyebrows threaded! :) xx

    http://www.girluninterpreted.co.uk

  • mikaylaa.s

    Your eyebrows look great! I love getting my eyebrows threaded, I prefer it a million times more then waxing, or tweezing.

    -Mikayla
    http://www.northernjoli.blogspot.com

  • http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/ Savannah Giersthove

    You’re brows look very good! I’ve been threading mine for a few months now and I still get compliments! Threading just gives your brows such a lovely shape, definitely worth the pain! xoxo Savannah

    http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/

  • Pauline

    I have only threads my brows once when I was in India a few years ago. I have always been tweezing my brows. Threading seemed a bit daunting but when I saw how groomed and beautiful brows girls in India had, I decided to give it a try. I ended up having very neat and well shaped brows. Since then I basically (at least I thought I could) maintain the shape by tweezing myself :)

  • Abbie

    I really want my brows to have more shape but last time I had them threaded she made them so thin it was awful!

  • Roshni Mistry

    I taught myself how to thread my own eyebrows by watching a youtube video! I used to pay a family friend to do it but now I don’t have to :) it’s actually really easy. I may even do a blog post about it at some point, but mine is still very new :)

    http://roshnimistry.wordpress.com

  • janee arno

    Your brows look awesome! They’ve got a good shape while still being full and look totally natural. I personally can’t do threading as it causes breakouts for me every time! (that’s what I get for having super sensitive skin!) But I’m a huge fan of sugaring. I live in the US so I don’t know if they do that over your way but it’s honestly amazing. All it is is lemon juice, sugar, and water heated to a consistency much like a wax but without the use of strips or any double-dipping so it’s much more sanitary! Never makes me red or break out either!

  • Hannah Williams

    Threading is amazing xo!

    Hannah Rose // Blog

  • http://www.whatlaurenate.blogspot.co.uk Lauren

    This post has finally given me the push to get mine done! I’ve been debating whether to just pluck them myself even though I’ve been growing them out for a few weeks (!) but I’ve made an appointment for straight after my last exam on Thursday. I honestly can’t remember a day in the last 6 or 7 years where I haven’t done some plucking so the temptation to do some plucking is so strong right now but my brows are in serious need of some professional help. I love the shape of yours, they look so good! Hopefully mine will turn out just as well!!

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Glad this was such a great experience for you, Anna! Your brows turned out amazingly well. Looks great! :)

  • http://www.getting---there.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie Sadler

    Forever battling with uneven eyebrows… I may have to giving threading a go!! xx

    http://www.getting—there.blogspot.co.uk

  • Charlotte Copeland

    I love that eyebrow threading has become so popular, its to easy to get a drop in appointment x

    http://www.blondecanvas.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.shiningaugust.co.uk Sam P

    I have to admit I’m a threading addict too – I just seem to end up with neater brows as compared to waxing (plus I have to be careful as some waxes seriously irritate my skin). Yes it hurts a bit but it’s over in a flash and I swear I’m less red after.

  • Daniella

    fab

    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • Allison

    I’m still too scared to trust my brows to anyone but myself although I’m sure a great threading would do my brows good! These lil caterpillars are under my care for the time being
    Allison from http://www.mercuteify.com

  • Hilary

    I’ve been really wanting to try threading. After reading this I may have to!

  • Madge on Makeup

    I have had such a similar experience! I had extremely hairy brows in elementary school and then I destroyed them by tweezing too much (unsupervised). I finally am loving my brows again now that everyone from my family to my friends to celebrities are loving bold brows! I keep them as full as possible now! They make me feel unique and confident. Glad you are embracing your brows as well ! :)

  • http://www.kirstenlearns.com Kirsten Benham

    Lolllllll eyebrow pun! I get it. Totally want to try this but everyone says it hurts even more than waxing. Although waxing isn’t even that bad anymore! Gonna give it a go.

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

  • Ella

    I’m usually okay with brow pain (they’ve gone through so much I barely notice it any more) but I’d be too scared to let someone else near them! I’ve finally got the hang of an at home wax/tweeze combo that I think works quite well.

    ellabooxo.blogspot.co.uk

  • Charlotte Lucy Philpotts

    I am definitely a threading girl! It transformed my unruly brows! x

    http://www.amuchprettierpuzzle.com

  • http://ivysmaquillagecove.com/ Divya

    quite used to threading now, almost 10 years but I get them done regularly before they grow back into a bush and they hurt very less. The more time goes in between, the more likely it will hurt

    ivysmaquillagecove.com

  • Grace Denny

    I’m a huge lover of threading. Started getting my brows threaded about 3 years ago and havn’t turned back – love it!

    XO, G from grace’d

  • Kate

    This made me smile – so similar to my own eyebrow story! I’m quite a dab hand with the tweezers after years of practise but I’m tempted to try threading. x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • cherieedle

    I love threading, but I normally thread and pluck them myself now since it is just too much money to depart with on a regular basis! Your brows look amazing Anna, so polished! Very envious of your full brows, mine are kind of sparse and end a little short so even with my threading and tweezing efforts I have to fill mine in to get a defined brow.xxx
    cherieedle.blogspot.com

  • Grace

    I love threading, I find it so much more convenient, it’s quicker than plucking and I don’t think it hurts as much!

  • Alexandria Munday

    Hallelujah! I am also “blessed” with lots and lots of hair in general. I actually get complimented on my eyebrow “growth” when I go to get mine threaded. I never thought that was a good thing before (with all of the gorilla jokes and all) but with thick eyebrows coming back in style, I think I’m the winner. :) Yours look fantastic by the way!

  • http://lookbeyondbeauty.wordpress.com/ Look beyond beauty

    I don’t have a lot of eyebrows, so I manage to do them at home. I sure wish I had more of them lol!
    http://lookbeyondbeauty.wordpress.com/

  • Lauren S

    i’ve had threading done before but i wasn’t letting my brows grow properly so it wasn’t a great shape, now finally they are full again so i think i might give it another chance :)
    Your brows are the one, total inspiration

    Lauren x

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    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.beautyclassyfied.co.uk/ BeautyClassyfied

    Threading is fantastic! And SO easy to do yourself…I’ve been threading since I was 14 and never looked back. great post, esp with the pun ;) x
    http://www.beautyclassyfied.co.uk

  • http://lauraneuzeth.com/ Laura Neuzeth

    My boyfriend knows how to thread eyebrows and he occasionally threads them for me. haha I like the look but I’m still not a convert.

    Laura
    http://www.lauraneuzeth.com

  • Sybil Mae

    Great post! :) I’ve never given threading a go before but i’ve always been curious about it! :)

    http://www.youtube.com/user/porridgenpickles89

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  • lisa

    I’ll be in London in 2 weeks and got an appointment at Blink in fenchurch street simply because i adore your brow-shape! i even took a picture of them to show to the lady at the brow bar, haha. does that make me sound creepy?!