Ridding our bodies of unwanted hair has been the bane of the female existence for generations. Regardless of the trend in underarm fuzz that Miley Cyrus may be trying to start, it's safe to say there still aren't a whole lot of women who are comfortable sporting hair on their upper lip or even bushy brows.
Becoming hairless is not an easy feat – it seems like every method devised is some sort of Medieval era inspired torture device designed with our ultimate discomfort in mind. That said, over the years the beauty and pharmaceutical industry have tested and honed their products in search of something that might be just a wee bit less uncomfortable. The femine care aisle is loaded with creams, waxes and bleaches for at home use, but even so, when you want something done right you head to the professionals.
Two of the most popular forms of salon based hair removal are threading and waxing, and so the debate which is better? Let's take a look.
If you don't already know, threading involves taking two pieces of cotton thread and wrapping them around individual hairs, which will then be removed in one quick motion. It's considered a fluid process that effortlessly removes the hair from the follicle.
A lot of women opt for threading because the process doesn't involve chemicals, and you avoid having resins, carcinogenic parabens, artificial fragrances, dyes and other dangerous chemicals come into contact with your skin.
It's also a great alternative for those women who have delicate skin prone to reactions and irritation. Threading doesn't leave the skin raw, red, or inflamed because there is little to no contact with the skin at all, just the hair.
Threading is a relatively fast, and precise process that lasts longer than waxing – your hair shouldn't come back for three to four weeks.
It all sounds great but there are a few cons you need to consider. First, a technician doesn't need a license to thread, so you should really do your research before booking an appointment at a salon. On that point, if it's done incorrectly, the hair can break and this will cause regrowth to show up much more quickly – there's the benefit to having threading performed by a professional.
One of the most common forms of hair removal available for women today, waxing involves an application of hot, hypoallergenic wax to the skin. Before the wax can harden, a strip of paper is applied to the top of the wax, so that when the wax does harden it can easily be pulled off by holding onto the paper. Waxing can be quite precise, and applied to the hairs you want removed.
Depending on who you talk to, though waxing is definitely painful, it's considered less so than threading, where each hair is pulled out slowly. It's also suitable for use on other parts of the body, and not just your eyebrows.
Alternatively, it can be extremely irritating, especially if non-hypoallergenic products are used. The wax will come in direct contact with your skin, and it can cause redness, irritation or even allergic reactions. In other cases, regular waxing of the brows has been known to cause premature wrinkles, because of tugging and pulling on the eye lid.
So, is there a definitive answer to which technique is better? No, at the end of the day, it boils down to a personal choice. When you want to see for yourself, book your threading or waxing appointment with our Clinic today!