Threading: The Real Experience

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Let’s face it. One of the most alluring features a woman can have is a beautifully sculpted set of eyebrows. Brows frame your face. It is one of the most often overlooked parts of a beauty regime, and yet it is a total game changer. When I get my brows done, I honestly feel as if I have had a mini eyelift.

In the past I have used the typical techniques to achieve a beautiful arch. After several bad attempts at tweezing my own brows, when I looked as if Picasso had painted me, I started seeing the professionals. Senna and Anastasia are two of the leading brow artists here in Los Angeles. Both salons do a lovely job that is a combination of waxing, tweezing and some fine scissor work.

Now the problem: I recently found myself away from home for the weekend. The lighting in my temporary digs was a little too good, and I noticed that I had been neglecting my brows!

“An easy enough problem to solve,” I thought. Then I realized that Anastasia and Senna were nowhere to be found. What I did find was a salon at a local mall that specializes in threading. Threading is an ancient art generally sometimes passed down through generations in middle-eastern and Egyptian cultures. The entire hair removal process is achieved with two strings approximately 12 inches long each.

I’d heard of it, but, frankly I was scared. I’d heard it really hurts, and I didn’t know how my skin would react. On the other hand, I knew precisely how my skin would react to an inexperienced or overzealous waxer. I am fair skinned and to say I get red is a major understatement. So I approached cautiously. A beautiful, veiled woman greeted me. First I asked how long it would it take. Five minutes. I could handle that. Then I asked “Are you going to hurt me?” She smiled at me in a comforting way and plainly said, “beauty hurts.” While I appreciated her frankness, I was less enthused when I realized she was telling the truth!

She approached me innocently enough with just two pieces of white thread in her hand. How much damage can someone do with a string? She then went right to work. Yeow! I can’t really say that it hurts that much more than waxing, it’s just a different kind of pain. I imagined it was what it would feel like if someone dragged a fine metal comb SIDEWAYS across your brow line several times. My new friend smiled and giggled as mascara filled teardrops dripped down my cheek, and I may or may not have actually squealed “yeow” at one point.

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