Threading…Hair Removal

On a recent trip to the mall I noticed several store with large signs in the windows announcing the addition of “threading” to their repertoire of services they offer. Having no idea what threading was, I looked into it. Seems it is an old art form that is becoming new again.

Threading began centuries ago in India and other parts of Asia as a form of hair removal. For as long as there has been thread, there has been threading. Basically what threading is, is the entwining of thread and hair and then the pulling of the hair out of the hair follicle.

Here’s how to Thread:

  1. Using a simple cotton thread, unspool about 24 inches of thread. 
  2. Then tie a knot adjoining the two ends of the thread together to form a circle of thread.
  3. Wind the thread a couple of times to form a wound area in the center.
  4. Place each end of the thread around your index (pointer) finger and your thumb on both hands.
  5. Place the wound part of the thread next to the hair you want to remove
  6. Simultaneously open and close your thumb and index finger on your right hand (this pushes the wound knotted center to the left side), then open and close your thumb and index finger on the left hand (this pushes the wound center knot to the right side)
  7. Your hair you wanted removed should now be gone.

The key is before trying this on your face, try it on your leg hair first to see if you can get the motion going. This will ensure accuracy when trying to remove hair on your face.

Threading is IDEAL for facial hair and eyebrows.  A great tip is to draw on the eyebrow shape you want to end up with before removing eyebrow hair.  Then remove the hair that is outside the lines.  Use a eyeliner or brow pencil to draw on the shape.

Be sure to let us know if you have tried threading before.  We are happy if you share tips on this method of hair removal with us as well!

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Got Hair?

Everyone is usually born with hair or the ability to grow hair…ultimately if born bald hair will grow. We have hair all over our bodies in both good and bad places. When we have hair in places we really do not want it, we have to decide which method of hair removal we want to use. Some methods are more painful then others, as many women already know.

Our options are many for hair removal. Pick your poison.

Bleaching – This is an option, but do not expect your hair to disappear. When we bleach our hair, typically it is not painful, unless you leave the bleach on your skin for too long. Your skin may turn red and appear burned, and may even hurt or feel raw. If you have sensitive skin, you should refrain from using this method.

Shaving – This is a very temporary fix for unwanted hair. As most men know, they can shave one morning and that evening have a 6 o’clock shadow. No wonder it got that nickname. 🙂 When you shave your hair, no matter what part of the body it is on, the hair will tend to grow back thicker and in some cases darker then the hair you removed. The other problem with shaving, is razor stubble and ingrown hair. Darker skin people tend to get little bumps on their face from shaving, but they appear darker then their overall skin color. Typically no pain is associated with shaving, unless of course you cut yourself while in the process. (YIKES!)

Tweezing – A man must have come up with the idea of tweezers! The method of pulling out individual hairs with a tweezer is fine if you are tweezing a small area of the face or body. Its not an ideal method for larger areas of hair, unless of course you have a ton of time and a ton more of patience. 🙂 When tweezing you are actually pulling the hair out by the base of the follicle. If you happen to get the little white bulb on the end, chances are hair will never grow from that particular pore again. That white bulb is called the root of the hair. Make sure you place your tweezers at the base of the follicle, or all you are doing is breaking the hair, leaving the bottom half in place.

Depilatory Cream – There are a multitude of creams available on the marketplace for hair removal. Make sure you check the ingredients and the warnings before using any of them. The chemicals used in some of these creams actually give off fumes and can burn the eyes (kind of like an onion when you are cutting one). The cream will actually dissolve the hair and after a few moments of leaving it on the skin, hair can be virtually wiped away. The problem with this method is that if you leave the cream on for too long it can irritate the skin and burn (like being sunburned). You also have to be careful as the ingredients may contain something that you are allergic too.

Waxing and Sugaring – Basically these two options are done very similarly to one another. The sugaring uses sugar that is mixed with a little lemon juice (as an antiseptic). The mixture is blended into a paste that is heavily applied to the skins surface. After a couple of minutes, strips of gauze are placed on the skin over the sugar paste. The gauze is then pulled off the leg in the same direction as the hair growth. The same basic premis applies for waxing as well. The biggest difference is that you are using hot wax, not sugar paste. Hope you have a decent pain tolerance for this one!

Threading – Threading is becoming increasingly popular among younger people. Novelty stores in the mall actually do threading now. Threading is just that, threading a hair with common sewing thread. The hair is wrapped with the thread and then the hair is pulled out gently with the thread. This is a great method of hair removal if you are using it for eyebrows, unwanted individual hairs on the face, and moustaches. The pain is slightly less then that of tweezing.

Laser Hair Removal/Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – Laser hair removal is very similar to IPL, Intense Pulsed Light. They both involve removing the hair from below the dermis (the skins surface). They both require more then on session of treatment for complete hair removal. These processes tend to be more costly then their counterparts and they pose more risks then their counterparts. Common issues people suffer from when undergoing these treatments are burning of the skin, and/or some type of rashy looking skin outbreak. Of course not all people experience the same issues. The experience of the practitioner plays a huge role in these types of treatments. Make sure you research the practitioner thoroughly before using their services.

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Get Ready for the Summer!

With summer bathing suit season right around the corner, if you are like most women you have some unwanted hair removed so you can look great without being embarrassed.  With so many ways to get rid of those unsightly little sprigs which is the right way for you?

Options are unlimited depending on what you are trying to achieve.  If you just want to lighten the hair because you are scared or new to hair removal you may want to try bleaching.  What you need to bleach is a bleaching cream.  This cream will lighten hair so it will be virtually unnoticeable.  It is advisable to use this method on your face or lower arms, or if you are like one of my good friends, even on your lower back.  No pain is involved, of less of course you get some in your eyes, in which case you want to wash that out asap!  If you leave it on too long it can also burn.  Never bleach if you have recently used a skin care product containing alpha-hydroxy acid, then bleaching cream may cause scarring.  Follow the directions on the bleach cream bottle, and make sure to clean the area to be bleached before using it.  Bleaching can last up to 2 months.

Tweezing is a popular method for hair removal.  Tweezing does hurt a little, but it only lasts a second or two.  All you need for this is a pair of tweezers.  Choosing a pair with a flat, slanted tip rather then pointed ones is better as they grasp hair better.  Tweezing is best for eyebrows.  The results can last 4 – 6 weeks before you need to re-tweeze.  When tweezing you want to pull quickly and in the direction that the hair is growing to make sure to get to the root of the hair.  To avoid over plucking draw the shape you want over your brow beforehand with an eye pencil.

Shaving is another popular method, but really lasts the shortest amount of time, about 1-2 days!  All you need is a razor and if you prefer some shaving gel, soap or my recommendation is hair conditioner.  Conditioner does not dehydrate the skin like the other 2 options do.  The razor will only cut the hair down to the surface of the skin.  If you use a razor it works best for underarms and legs, bikini lines and facial hair are not really appropriate for shaving as the hair grows back blunt, making it very itchy on the bikini line.  There is no pain involved unless you nick yourself.  

Depilatory Cream comes for a variety of area on the body so make sure to read the labels before you buy one to see where you can use it.  This product contains chemicals that actually dissolve hair just under the sins surface.  Typically you can use it anyplace on the body, but again check the label.  There is no pain involved and it lasts about 2 -3 weeks.  

Waxing is an option that scared me at first and is painful, but it gets the best results and lasts the longest. You would need prepared wax strips, hot wax used with cloth or sugaring solution.  This method pulls the hair right out of the follicle from the root.  You can wax any part of the body and it lasts 4 – 6 weeks.  For waxing your hair needs to be at least 1/8 inch long.  Waxed hairs will re-grow, but it will be much thinner and a lot less noticeable.  To wax you need to use talc to soak up the skins oils that prevent the wax from sticking.  The wax is then applied and left on for a few seconds.  Now comes the painful part….strips of gauze or waxing strips are applied to the sticky wax and then quickly pulled in the direction of the hair growth. Excess wax is then removed with warm water.  Do not use any lotions or creams on your skin right afterwards, some people suggest waiting 48 hours after.  

Pick your venue for hair removal and keep in mind, its al in the name of beauty! Enjoy that summer sun.
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