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Eyebrow threading – by a thread

Amanda Whitley

I recently caught up with a friend who had just returned from five years living in the UK.

“Know anyone in town who does good eyebrow threading?” she asked.

“Ah, I don’t know anyone…but then again, I have no idea what you’re talking about,” said clearly-out-of-the-beauty-loop me.

It turns out she was talking about the ancient Indian skill of eyebrow ‘threading’ that uses cotton thread to remove unwanted hair. It’s HUGE in London and is now quietly making its mark in Canberra. I admit I was rather intrigued.

Kundalini in Barton is one of only a handful of local salons offering threading. Keen to know more, I tracked down owner Susie Dimov (that’s her and her beautiful brows in the pic!) who kindly answered my oodles of questions:

What is threading?

Threading is a hair removal technique that uses 100% cotton thread. The cotton thread is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin entwining the hairs, which are then lifted quickly from the follicle.

It’s quick, more precise than waxing, allows for better lines and is long lasting. It can also be used to remove unwanted hair from the face.

What are the advantages of threading?

Unlike tweezing or plucking, eyebrow threading removes one clean line of hair all at once, making it much quicker and easier to shape the brows.

The reason it’s so fantastic is that, with waxing, you can still get surface hair breakage – which means the next day you see those little hairs emerging. The thing with threading is that it can get the tiniest amount of hair because the thread literally rolls over it – it’s great for fluffy downy hairs, and results in clean and immaculate eyebrows.

As opposed to waxing, the top layers of skin are not peeled or traumatised in the process making threading gentler on the skin. There’s no residue, no pulling of the skin, no risk of allergic reaction…only a small amount of redness because of the friction of the thread, which causes heat.

Is it really more accurate than waxing? Wouldn’t being able to shape with wax be easier than manipulating a piece of cotton?

It really is! There are lots of different techniques but threading really allows you to follow the line of the brows – it’s very accurate. And it takes a long time to learn – I did an intensive 10 day course – it’s not just a couple of hours and you’re qualified!

How much?

Pricewise, it’s very competitive with waxing. We charge $30 for an introductory session and then $25 each time after that.

How often do you have to get it done?

It’s different for everyone, because hair grows at different rates and there’s a range of hair thickness. It’s also about personal taste! I get mine done every two weeks because I like the clean lines.

But, on average, you’d get them threaded every two to four weeks initially, with frequency decreasing as time goes on.

Does it hurt?

I don’t think so…it’s an unusual feeling – you feel a little ‘ting ting ting’ as the thread skims along your skin and pulls the hair out. But you certainly don’t experience the ‘wince factor’ that comes with waxing!

If you’d like to experience threading for yourself, get in touch with Kundalini in Barton.

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

  • I’m very keen to give it a shot

    • Amanda Whitley

      Me too, Jenny! I’m going to try it instead of my next wax…

  • Rogue

    I saw this post on your website on Monday (2/5/11) and booked an appointment for the very next day. I was thrilled, the process was a little odd but not really painful, and the resulting shape was perfect! I’ve booked my next 2 appointment (one for 4 weeks, and one for the day before my wedding in July!)

    Thanks for the info!

    • Amanda Whitley

      Oh, great to hear, Rogue!

      i really must get an appointment sorted and try it for myself…

  • Heidi

    I just wanted to share, I had my eyebrows threaded yesterday by a great lady in Tuggeranong who I found on Gumtree, she has a home salon so charges much less but its just as good!!

    • Heidi

      Also I’ve just checked out Aeshlyn’s website http://www.wix.com/absoluteshape/absoluteshape I would highly recomend her 🙂 Happy Threading

    • shai

      Heidi

      can you please pass on the details of the lady who did threading for you in tugg pls ?

    • sam

      Heidi, do you also provide treatments at the salon and do you do threading yourself?

  • Claire

    Just about to return home from living the UK where I have become addicted to threading! Pricing here is so much cheaper I pay nine pounds $A14.00 to have my brows and upper lip done. I really hope this takes off more in Australia and pricing becomes more competitive. $30 for brows and another $15 for upper lip seems outrageous. But as I am now addicted, I guess I’ll just pay it. I would NEVER go back to waxing.

  • Megan

    Shame it is so expensive in Canberra!!! I love threading, had it done in Melbourne where it cost me $15!!! I did not even need to book:)

  • Sonya

    HI, every I have found one in belconnen doing very good job and cheaper too. the address is Unit 11 first floor oatley court belconnen. I can say cheap and best. go there and try.