Threading Eyebrows & Facial Hair

Most people are aware of the method commonly used for eyebrow shaping called threading. This technique goes way back to the 21st century. All that’s needed to perform threading is a single silk thread, although you can’t simply pick up a piece of silk thread and start enjoying the benefits from home. Threading is a profession that requires practice, but once it is mastered it’s undeniable that you’ll consistently have the perfectly shaped brows that every woman desires.

Threading is most often used for keeping brows in perfect shape and removing any unwanted facial hair that a woman may have.  This doesn’t mean it can’t be implemented in other areas because it certainly can; it’s just that the legs or arms would take too long for the amount of time most people have to spend on hair removal.

Threading at a Salon

To get threaded at a salon by a professional can range in price usually anything around 20USD, so it’s not cheap if you want to keep them in shape which would require visits about once a month.  The other option is to get a silk thread and start watching tutorial videos to understand the technique and practice a great deal.  Be patient though because it’s not going to happen overnight.

Threading at Home

I’ll give you a brief overview of what you need to do with the thread in order to start practicing. It’s a good idea to start by practicing on your legs until you get good enough to move up to a completely visible area like your eye brows.

Preparing the Skin for Threading

  1. Firstly, you need to clean the area. Make sure there’s no dirt or oil (a toner can help with this).
  2. Steam the area by pressing a hot towel on the area.
  3. Then ensure the skin is completely dry.

Don’t thread on top of moles, scratches or wounds of any kind, inflammations and injuries must be healed before threading. For pregnant women, it’s completely safe but during this period of time women are more sensitive to pain so it depends on the individual.

How to Start Threading at-Home

  1. Take the thread and connect the ends together.
  2. Put your fingers inside the thread leaving your thumbs free and twist the middle to form a figure “8”. Keep twisting until there are 6 twists in the middle of the figure “8”.
  3. Now, you will have two rings and to make one side bigger than the other, you should push through your fingers and thumb to make the other side smaller which will move the twist in the middle along. (This is how the hairs are removed.)
  4. So, you then put the thread with the figure you’ve created up against the skin with the larger loop above the hairs and make the loop with the side of your fingers and thumb on the smaller side open in a fast movement so that the twist moves along quickly.
  5. The large loop should now be the small loop and the hair should have got caught in this action.

This procedure may seem daunting at first but believe me; if you practice you’ll be so happy with this precise and economical hair removal method!

The Most Effortless Way to Thread

For those who don’t have the time to spend practicing the technique of threading with a single thread and don’t want to go to a professional either, there is still a way for you to start threading unwanted facial hair from home with this accurate and cost- effective method. You just need a threading tool. There are manual or electric variants which both work equally as good.  The manual variant holds the thread for you so you just need to hold two handles on each side while opening and closing your hands. As for the electric variant – it’s completely effortless! It doesn’t even require you to move your hands, as a matter of fact, you only need to use one hand.

Threading removes hair from the root and is a completely natural, sustainable method which can be an affordable option for anyone.

The Straightening Tools Available Today

Hair straightening tools have come a long way, the first hair straightening tongs go way back to the 1800’s when hot rods were heated in hot coal or a fire ashes and then get run along the hair strands until it became straight and smooth – just imagine the burn that would have occurred, all in the name of beauty. As time went on, women were known to straighten their strands with a regular clothing iron in order to straighten their hair. This was highly damaging but it was effective in hair straightening. Thank goodness hair straightening devices have been improved immensely since then and now we are more fortunate to not only have options of different effective straightening tools depending on what hair type we have but also what kind of straightening we want.

The most popular straightening tools on the market today are below with articulation on their differences:

Flat Irons

Different Types: Flat irons each have several differences when it comes to how they are made. You should always pay attention to the materials the device is made of as it makes a huge difference in the how well the device functions and the final results after use. The temperature range should also be paid attention to as each hair type requires a different temperature level to be effective (high temp for thick hair types) and not damaging (low for thin hair types).
How it works: Tongs with flat iron heated plates are pressed together with hair in between and gradually moved down the length of the hair.
Skill/practice required: To simply straighten the hair is easy but to straighten hair correctly requires practice. Straightening hair the proper way requires following the flat iron plates with a comb or brush in order to keep the ends separated when pressing them together which reduces damage to the hair ends.

Benefits:
• Pin straight hair style
• Possibility to curl hair as well.
• Suitable for all hair types.
Disadvantages:
• When performed regularly it will damage the hair.
• It takes time to achieve the hair style.

Hair Straightening Brushes

Different Types: different sized brush heads and different shaped brush heads; such as oval or rectangular are available (rectangular heads are ideal for short hair as you can get to the roots with ease.) Brushes are made of different materials that provide different benefits and effects on the hair with a range of temperature settings suitable for fine-thick hair types.
How it works: When brushing the strands of hair in a slow motion the hair becomes straightened thanks to a heated plate in the brush head which straightens the hair follicles while you brush.
Skill/practice required: straightening is as simple as brushing your hair, just in a slower motion.

Benefits:
• Naturally straight, smooth and shiny hair style super-fast.
• Effortless and easy.
• Less damage.
• More volume.
Disadvantages:
• Doesn’t work effectively for all hair types.
• Not super straight and limited hairstyle options.

Hot Air Brushes

Different Types: Various models are available with different sized barrels, different air forces.
How it works: It straightens with hot/cold blowing air, a cylindered, usually rotating brush making it perfect for those wanting volume.
Skill/practice required: the rotating hot air brush requires a little practice to get used to, but some hot air brushes have the option of rotation and some don’t rotate at all and these variants take no practice to master.

Benefits:
• Voluminous straightened hair, smooth, shiny strands within minutes.
• Effortless and easy to use.
• Minimal damage.
Disadvantages:
• Not suitable for really short hair if the barrel is too big to fit the length of your hair around it.

How to Protect Your Hair When You Use a Hair Straightener

As most of us know, hair straighteners can be potentially damaging to your hair. Still, most of us also know that flat and smooth hair, as well as perfectly defined curls that hair straighteners can provide are incredibly trendy, and can make you look amazing. This is why a lot of people are asking how to protect hair from the damage caused by a hair straightener. People want to know how to have their cake and eat it too, in a sense. They want to know how they can use the perceptibly dangerous hair straightener, without causing too much damage to their fragile and precious hair. It’s not an unfair thing to ask for really, and it’s not so difficult once you get the hang of getting into good habits because really that is all it’s about, forming good and healthy habits for your hair.

“First of all, love your hair! What this means is if you’re going to straighten your hair, protect it too. Starting with your shampoo and ending with the very last step you take when styling your hair. If you are the type who straightens your hair often, you need a shampoo that moisturizes and protects your hair, something that helps to protect you from new damage and fix damage already done.”
April Williams, expert of hairbrushguides.com

Always take that extra step when caring for your hair whether it be something small or something huge. Little things like squeezing your hair dry instead of shaking it. When you shake it, the friction can cause tangling and breakage, damaging your hair more when you try and rip the brush through it. The same concept goes for straightening your hair. When you straighten your hair you have to use a straightener that won’t rip your hair out or burn it, that’s why it’s always important to do your research when it comes to purchasing a straightener.

When you straighten your hair, in addition to moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, you should always use a protective spray or serum, this goes for any kind of heated styling, you should always protect your hair from the high temperatures in order to keep it looking shiny and soft all together. So, Shampoo and condition with the best moisturizing conditioners, use a straightener that causes less damage like ceramic as oppose to some other mystery metal, and protect your hair with a serum or spray!

Why do I need use conditioner?

Jungle conditioner by lush is a solid conditioner that works a lot like a bar of soap. Famous for their line of bar shampoos and conditioners, this product is all natural and will soften your hair in no time. This product itself was made to leave your hair shining and revitalized as the all natural ingredients like avocado and cocoa butter reverse years of damage with every wash. The product itself is even eco-friendly as the only packaging it comes with is a small piece of paper that smells so delightful you can throw it in your dresser for a fresh scent on your cloths. This fruity smelling conditioner leaves a great smell and texture without residue.

How Does It Work?

Conditioner are made from all natural ingredients; the Jungle Conditioner by lush is no different. Made similarly to the bar of soap we use daily on our skin, Lush has natural moisturizing fruit ingredients that leave your hair shiny and soft, without leaving it oily or leaving a buildup. You use the conditioner similarly to a bar of soap too, meaning you use less than you would with a liquid conditioner, but you get better results! This can save you money in more ways than one as you no longer have to pile various chemically enhanced hair care products to make up for what your conditioner missed.

Key Points:

– All Natural, No harmful chemicals that can cause long term damage
– Easy to use, you are required to use less than you do with liquid conditioner, saves you money!
– Leaves your hair soft and shiny without residue or gunk buildup
– Eco Friendly with less environmentally dangerous packaging products being used.