The Art of Eyebrow Threading



There is no denying that brows have been having a huge moment for a long time now and that our thirst for full, manicured face-framers isn’t abating anytime soon. We have already talked about some of the ways to maintain them (check out Miriam’s thought on tinting here) but now let’s talk about eyebrow threading.

When I first started to pay attention to my eyebrows as a teenager, pencil thin ones were all the rage and this of course required a lot of upkeep. I can still vividly recall the image of one girl in my year 9 science class sitting at her lab bench with a pocket mirror and set of tweezers, plucking away at her barely-there brows. Brows trumped science any day.

I, however, paid great attention in science which, combined with my eyebrows not being very good at growing hair at the sides and my tendency to pluck too much from the middle, meant my eyebrow game was not very strong. Somehow I struggled through my teens, early and mid twenties, attempting to grow them back and occasionally getting them waxed at a Benefit counter.

Then Cara Delevingne and her magical brows swept onto the scene and thick, luscious brows popped up everywhere. I jumped on the bandwagon and over many agonizing months I grew my brows back only plucking to prevent a monobrow. With a face full of too much unshapely eyebrow I was ready to get professional help.

While getting my hair cut I mentioned my plight to my hairdresser and she lined me up an appointment with Neel, the threading guru at her salon. For those that don’t know, threading is a form of hair removal that, like waxing and plucking, removes hair from the follicle. Instead of hot wax or tweezers the threading specialist uses thread looped in a particular way to precisely grab and pull out hairs.

I asked for my eyebrows to be tidied up but remain full so there wasn’t too much to be done, but I was still amazed at how fast and relatively painless the process was. It certainly hurt less than waxing but a little bit more than plucking.  Threading is renowned for not stressing the skin as much as waxing and I must say I agree. I got a few little pimples in between my eyebrows the next day but otherwise there was not much redness or sensitivity in the area.

I have since been back again twice (it is recommended that you go every 3–4 weeks or as often as you want to maintain results) and would absolutely recommend eyebrow threading. It’s quick, essentially painless and leaves you with a natural, effortlessly looking brow.


For our friends in Canberra we recommend Kundalini Salon.


Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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