Makeup Monday: First Time Threading

What lovely photo memories threading left me with;)

I was a wee bit nervous about my first threading experience. Not because of the pain – I’m kind of a champ when it comes to pain tolerance – but because I never let anyone touch my brows. I had my brows done once in my whole life and it was a tragedy. I like my brows defined and my arch just so. I have to fill them in enough as it is, so the idea of someone taking anything off is a mini nightmare. However, when my friend Christine of My Style Pill shared her amazing brow makeover experience at Shobha, I became intrigued. I’ve heard a lot about threading but of course, I went ahead and did my research anyway. The risk seemed pretty minimal and the pros were exactly what I was looking for:
– It’s precise: since it’s done in many little stages, there’s less chance of any “oops!” moments.
– It even gets rid of the baby fuzz.
–  It’s 100% natural.
A few weeks later, I had an appointment with their master specialist, Anjali, who has been threading since she was 12 years old and is highly respected in her field. I brought Kim along for moral support (and for photo documentation). She ended up getting her own brows done! 
To start, Anjali has you tell her exactly what you do and do not like about your brows and what you want to achieve. She then gives her own input and once there is an agreement, she tells you exactly what she is going to do. This helped me, because we were immediately on the same page. I wanted a little bit more definition in my right brow (to match my left) and wanted to clean everything up a little bit. From there, Anjali worked her magic. I’ll use Kim’s photos to demonstrate the process:

First, she combed the brows (using a lash wand) and trimmed the excess hair.

Then, she guided us where to place our hands, so we could help in the process and hold the skin taut. She shifted our hand positions a few times throughout, to shape the brows.

The threading began! To me, it felt like a vibrating sensation and didn’t hurt at all. Kim said it did, but please keep in mind that she literally cried when she got her tiny tattoo – and bit her hand until it almost bled. That being said, it was probably a minor pain, somewhere in the middle of our respective sensations. Afterward, Anjali treated the area with rosewater, to reduce redness (which was already very minimal). She also demonstrated how to fill them in with our complimentary Shobha brow pencils, which I have since made the switch to.

Threading is available in many locations at many different prices, but since I only have experience with Shobha, I can only attest to their own services. You can view their price list here, but note that Anjali will be more expensive. You pay for her years of expertise! Ordinarily, she said that a full brow transformation takes two or three sessions – the rest is maintenance. Keeping that in mind, she is well worth the initial price. This is coming from someone who is brow obsessed

The verdict: Kim and I both agreed that we would do it again – absolutely. Anjali was extremely precise and thorough and left us with beautiful brows. She also walked us through every step to keep us feeling at ease, which was much appreciated. Naturally, we didn’t remember to take final photos (those will come) but let’s just say it’s because we were so happy with the results, we plum forgot. My own brow results weren’t that drastically different, but that’s what I was looking for. A more clean, symmetrical and defined version of my already existing brows. It’s a subtle difference to many but it made a huge difference to me.

Thank you to Shobha for making us feel so welcome, and to Christine for introducing us to our new brow guru!

p.s. Please share you own threading experiences in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
p.p.s. See a video of Anjali in action here.

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  1. I'm so glad to hear you had a good first threading experience! I got my eyebrows threaded once professionally after growing my eyebrows out so I could have the defined shape to continuously maintain on my own. Every now and then, my roommate will thread my eyebrows for me. She's been threading since she was 12 or 14 and although she doesn't "pull" as quickly as some of the professionals do, she does an amazing job with cleaning up the baby fuzz that my tweezers miss.

    I really like threading versus waxing because of the reasons you mentioned. I've only ever had my eyebrows waved once and it was a nightmare. My skin was irritated for days and really red. Never again!

  2. I'm so glad you had a positive experience. I've been getting my brows threaded for about 8 years now, and it's the only way I'll get them done. It only took one bad wax job to send me running. Like you, I am very precise about they way my brows are. I like them to be thick, but clean. So happy to hear you liked the results!

  3. I have only waxed my eyebrows once and hated it. I only thread now and love it. They can shape it without getting rid of too much and it doesn't give that patchy look that I always get with waxing. Glad you had a great experience with it! πŸ™‚

  4. I was turned onto threading a few months ago by a friend and I don't think I could ever live without it now!

    I'm still in the "fixing" phase right now but I can already see a huge improvement and I had destroyed my eyebrows with ten years of awful plucking.

    Threading is totally magic! πŸ™‚

  5. interesting! my italian brows are so thick & scary, there's no way i can figure out how to do them myself. i always go places to get them waxed or sugared, but i've never tried thread. i'll look into it πŸ™‚ thanks!

  6. Hmm, do you think she would be good at eyeballing the best shape without such detailed instructions? I've never had mine done at all – I tweeze occasionally – but I've been thinking about it lately and have no idea where to begin!

  7. sounds interesting. I don't know much about it. I rarely have to even touch my eyebrows. Once every three weeks I have to pluck a little. My eyebrows have always been pretty nice, in my opinion. however I do now use a REM Spring for my mustache issues haha.

  8. I love the results that threading gives also! I have been getting my eyebrows threaded for about 4 years now and will never ever go back to waxing. I find that threading looks better and I have yet to have a mishap (like them taking off too much) as I did with waxing. Big ups for threading!

  9. i've threaded my upper lip before. it hurt a lot, but it literally took like 30 seconds and the results were SO worth it. my eyebrows are in dire need of a makeover; i've been plucking them myself but they don't really have a defined shape or anything. i'd scared to try anything myself and i'm scared to let someone do anything to them! i'm stuck πŸ™

  10. Kosarin: Definitely! I'm just highly opinionated – and I'm sure she would ask everyone just in case they had something particular in mind. She is an expert and knows a good brow, so I would trust her instincts.

  11. I was taking some pills for my acne and my skin had become REALLY sensitive and thin.
    My derm told me to stay away from waxing but he mentioned I COULD get threading.
    I loved it, it was the first time my brows were SO defined.
    I went back a couple of times but then I just stopped doing my eyebrowns and decided to keep them natural.

  12. My aunts are threading MASTERS.

    Okay, not really, but they've been doing it for ages and they're really good. I've only gotten my brows threaded once, but they looked great. I'd do it again, but the aunt who actively does it lives way south. Glad you liked it!

    I had a friend who had a pretty bad experience–although her brows ended up looking great, she broke out. She's normally very clear-complected. I guess the thread really irritated her skin.

    But I had great results, and I know tons of people who swear by it!

  13. I'v been getting my eyebrows threaded for over a year and I get is at a more than fair price! my hair never grows back or as thick<3and they always come out exactly how i like them

  14. For some reason i can't open the price listings link you posted, but I'm from India and to get your eyebrows threaded here is SO cheap..less than a dollar to be precise! πŸ™‚
    P.S: I can't get enough of your blog and I love that you reply to your readers' comments! πŸ™‚ xx

  15. I started to get hooked into eyebrow threading during one of my business trip to India – I never knew my eyebrows can turn out so pretty with threading! Now I'm hooked into threading, aside from eyebrows, I also go for upperlip threading. You right that eyebrow threading is not painful, but I always cry with upperlip threading cos of the sensitiveness. Cry or no cry, I'm still sticking to threading!

  16. So.. it's not my experience, but my mom's! First I have to say, in Bangladesh it's totally common to have your eyebrows threaded, however, the day before my mom married, she got her WHOLE face threaded!
    They shaped her eyebrows and removed the tiny hair over her lips (but actually you couldn't really see them).She regrets it because now she has even more hair than before. So don't you get your face threaded,okay ?(;
    But I think threading is still useful for shaping your eyebrows!

  17. There are threading kiosks all over the malls here!! I think I would feel weird getting it done in the middle of the mall, but maybe if I do a little research I will find a salon that does it! I've sort of been letting my brows grow out since I have bangs that cover them, because I wanted to completely start over with the shape of them. I will definitely have to try threading!

  18. i think you should come with me next time i go to unique threading, because it's $6 ($5 if you have a student ID) and i think they do a good job with my crazy eyebrows. πŸ™‚ you can watch and see if you trust their skills. but they are so much cheaper!

  19. Its very common to get your eyebrows threaded in India..actually waxing it is unheard of.

    I used to get my eyebrows threaded once every 3 weeks in India but here in the US i have not found a suitable salon still. I feel threading gives your eyebrows more shape and definition and plays around your natural eyebrow thickness really well versus waxing just removes patches off and totally screws but the shape of the eyebrow.

  20. I try to convert everyone I know to threading..even though I myself have never waxed my brows so I can't exactly compare them.
    The first time I threaded though, I was 14 and my friends mother was taking her on the way to drop me off at home. She asked me if I wanted to thread mine and since she would pay I agreed. I haven't looked back since. I actually live in an area with many Indian people and that is a specialty of theirs so I've been lucky to always have a convenient place to go too. About a year ago I did have kind of a botched job so I decided to let them grow now and in a few days I will be going to someone new. Fingers crossed!

  21. This post makes me happy because the first time I got my eyebrows threaded was on a visit in NYC! My mom had read all about it and we walked by this beauty place that said they took walk-in, so we just went on up! It was about 8 bucks and totally worth it! Waxing burns my skin badly so threading is the perfect alternative. That trip was about 3 years ago and they've since built a threading store in our local Florida mall! I love it and would recommend it. It always hurts when I get it done, but no more so than tweezing.

  22. Oh! I forgot to mention I had a friend who was Indian that I used to work with and she knew how to thread. I asked her one time if she would thread my eyebrows on our lunch break, and she did! She did a great job and after that a lot of the ladies from our office started coming to her and asking for it. She made a bit of money off it it, which was pretty cool.

  23. Eeeeeep!! I've always wanted to know about this so I'm glad you gave us such a documented experience – thanks πŸ™‚

    Looks like it was great for you and… well, not so great (until it was over πŸ˜‰ for your girl friend.

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

  24. I love threading! I would do it again but I don't know anyone that does near me πŸ™ My mom said she learn how to do it when she was a teen and I wanted her to teach me but she forgot…so now I am going to learn!! If someone would just teach me πŸ˜›