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Eyebrow Hair Removal: Threading vs Waxing

It’s been a while since we’ve done a good old fashion versus, though some of our last showdowns really got the buzz going, from MAC vs Sephora to liquid vs pencil eyeliner. But forget makeup: when you’re ready to pay for eyebrow hair removal, what’s better: threading or waxing? It was a decision I was faced with not to long ago, and  trying to make a decision at the salon sent me into full on panic mode. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons to these two similar but different techniques and try to pick a winner. Then, weigh in on which technique you prefer in the comments! 

 

Threading   Waxing

 

 

 

 

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Why it works:

  • Using thread allows for much sharper, cleaner lines. 
  • Because you’re using no chemicals, this is a great option for sensitive skin.
  • Popular lore has it that threading keeps hair away longer than waxing. 

 

Why you should avoid it:

  • This method is usually painful, especially if your skin gets caught in the thread.
  • Just like tweezing, threading faces the risk of ingrown hairs.
  • Depending on your location, threading services might be harder to find. 
 

 

Why it works:

  • Waxing is the method most likely to pull hair all the way from the roots.
  • Most beauty salons also offer waxing services.
  • Bonus: waxing is great for legs and bikini lines, too! 

 

Why you should avoid it:

  • Salons are supposed to replace their wax for each new customer, but they don’t always! 
  • It’s easier with wax to accidentally remove hair you didn’t want to remove! 
  • Waxing is more likely to cause skin irritation due to heat and its chemical composition. 

 

 

 

Final verdict: Threading is the winner! Don’t get me wrong: I’ve tried both, and I found threading to be much more painful. Even to this day I’ll sometimes opt for waxing instead just to spare my poor skin the pain. However, there’s no denying that threading is more hygienic than waxing. Plus, for anyone who is prone to irritation, you’ll love the lack of chemicals with threading. Try both for yourself and see which one you like better. Just remember: salons must always use a new piece of thread for waxing and should be changing out their wax for each new customer. If you’re unsure if they’ve done these steps, just ask! A little bit of embarrassment is better than getting an infection!

 


 

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