Brows: Threading v Waxing

Eyebrow grooming is a regular treatment most of us indulge in. But getting the right brow for you can rely on finding the right method of brow shaping. Two strong contenders below – we give the facts about both waxing and threading, including the pros and cons too!


Threading is an ancient Indian technique whereby the brow technician uses cotton thread to hover over the hairs that need removing, and by tangling it into the hair teasing it out as the thread moves over the skin. Hairs are removed from the follicle, like tweezing, but as you can remove several hairs at once it is faster than plucking them out individually.


It can remove even short and tiny hairs for a clean finish

It is quick and precise – all good brow artists can easily control individual hairs they do and don’t take out for a much more precise and crafted result.


Even though it is quick and effective, the process of threading isn’t completely pain free! It can be a little uncomfortable and as the little hairs that are removed land on your eyes and nose it can tickle and cause the odd sneeze!


Results last up to 3-4 weeks depending on individual hair growth.




Like waxing on the body, brow waxing involves applying wax over the hairs that need to be removed around the eyebrows and then pulled out using paper wax strips. The hairs are removed from the follicle and all the hairs covered by the wax can be removed at once.


Like threading, waxing is quick and effective and has the added benefit of removing even fine or fair hairs that may be missed by threading or tweezing, simply because the wax removes all the hairs it covers.

It can be less painful than threading if you have very thick or coarse hair, and eyebrows that need a lot of hair removed.


Redness or sensitivity is more likely to occur with the wax as it is warm and has the added action of tugging the skin not just the hairs

Over time, or particularly for more mature skin types the pulling action that comes with waxing is not ideal as it can promote the natural sagging of the skin further.


Like Threading, hair are removed from the root so results can last up to 3-4 weeks depending on individual hair growth.

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