Gone are the days of plucking eyebrows with tweezers, trying to make them look just right and not leave painful and red marks behind. Eyebrow threading has been gaining popularity due it being less painful, gentler on the skin, more effective in removing finer hairs, and much quicker than trying to pluck them yourself, or even using a professional. It’s cheaper than waxing, and can even be free if you learn to do it on your own. Interested? Let us tell you how to do it in this step by step guide.
Beginners Eyebrow Tutorial
You’ll need a thin ‘threading thread’ or other high cotton thread, a small pair of scissors, eyebrow pencil and brush, loose powder, aloe Vera gel, face astringent, and an ice pack or baby oral gel.
Full Procedure Guide:
Eyebrow care doesn’t have to difficult, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money on it. With a few good tips, a little practice, and some patience, you can learn to do what is done in the professional salons and eyebrow centres.
Below we’ll share some of those secret processes and recommend some products that might help. If you give these tips and practices a try for as little as six weeks, we think you’ll see a positive difference in your appearance, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it was you who did it – for very little money – and that the results are professional-level.
There is a lot of satisfaction and confidence to be gained from a thing like that.
Part 1 – Prepare the Face
The first step is to make sure your face is very clean.
Threading is not entirely painless. It can be anything from uncomfortable to a little painful – you are, after all, pulling out hairs. You can reduce the discomfort though, with a few simple steps.
First, hold the ice back on your eyebrows to cool and start to numb the area. If you prefer, baby oral gel is about as effective and isn’t as cold. Next, apply loose powder to create a barrier between your skin and any impurities or germs in the air.
Part 2 – Prepare your Threads
The thread should be cut into a length of 35 to 45cm. Tie the ends of the thread into a knot to create a loop. Repeat this step at least three times to strengthen the loop. You may trim the ends of the knot strands to create a clean loop. Don’t know what a thread is? Learn more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threading_(epilation)
Part 3 – Do a Test Loop of your Thread
Hook two fingers in each side of the loop and pull sideways to test the strength of it. It should be quite strong.
Part 4 – Make the X
Now twist the loop into a figure-eight – so the thread crosses over itself in the middle. Repeat with several twists, using your dominant hand to turn its side each time. That will be the hand you thread with.
Practice moving the thread against the skin of your cheek or leg (or even against some other clean surface) before trying to do so on your actual eyebrows. By opening the right hand and closing the left, and then opening the left and closing the right, you should be able to spin the twisted portion of the thread in the middle. This spinning part will remove the hair.
Part 5 – Prep the brows
It can take a fortnight to a month for eyebrows to grow back, so you don’t want to overdo it. As this is your first time, it’s best to go easy, and you can always try it again in a week if you feel you’d like to have taken more off.
We also recommend you draw in the desired shape on your eyebrow area before beginning hair removal, and stick carefully to that guideline. Make sure both eyebrow guides match as exactly as possible.
Part 6 – Begin Threading Brows
After a bit of practice, start on your eyebrow. The twisted thread goes over the hair you want to remove, with the thread touching the shaft of the hair. Work against the direction the hair is growing (to prevent ingrown hairs), and spin the thread by opening the dominant hand and letting the other contract. The thread will spin the hair up into it and remove it. Try not to pull hard on the thread, as this may lead to skin irritation.
Part 7 – Use scissors to trim brows
Once all of the unwanted hair is removed, trim any of the remaining ones that are longer than the rest. If you choose to trim a lot of the hairs, be cautious, it is easier to take a little more off later than to live with a bald spot in your eyebrow for two or more weeks!
Part 8 – Use the Astringent
Once done, apply the astringent to the eyebrow and surrounding area. You may also want to use something like aloe Vera gel to sooth the skin and reduce irritation. If your eyebrow area is in pain, a little more ice or baby oral gel will help to calm it.
The keys to doing this right are practice, and caution.
Eyebrow Training Courses UK
If you’re interested in a UK based eyebrow training course, then checkout The Brow Academy based in Sheffield.
This video is also a nice tutorial:
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