Threading: 10 FAQs about this Hair Removal Technique

Threading Hair RemovalQ1. What is Threading Hair Removal?

Threading (also known as banding) is a simple and ancient method of removing body hair quickly by using a thin looped and twisted cotton thread (usually 100% cotton). This thread is skilfully manoeuvred by the technician to catch and remove unwanted hair. It is usually performed on the face (upper lip, chin, eyebrows, etc). Rarely is it used on other body areas.

Q2. Is Threading Expensive?

No. Threading is an inexpensive alternative to other forms of hair removal such as waxing, IPL Hair Removal, shaving, sugaring or creams. It is non trauma, quick and non-chemical so if you can’t or don’t want to use the others methods, then Threading might be for you and prices start from £3 for small areas like the chin or less than £20 for the whole face.

If you are looking for a more permanent hair removal treatment, then look at IPL laser Hair removal, which uses the latest pulse light technology.

Q3. I have not heard of Threading before, when was that introduced?

Well, Threading is actually a very old technique practised mainly in the Middle East. In deed it goes back centuries. It would have been a traditional and perhaps only method of hair removal passed from mother to daughter over the years. As these people moved to the West they brought with them the skills. But finding a really skilled Threader is still not easy in some regions. In Rochester (Medway) in Kent, the Radiance Hair and Beauty Salon offer Threading Treatments.

Q4. How do I prepare for my Threading session?

It is usually very straight forward. The patient should have the area to be treated cleaned and be free of make-up. Washing the area with a mild antiseptic is advised too. The practitioner should make sure the patient is comfortable, relaxed and understands the technique to be used.

It is paramount that the practitioner leads the hygiene and safety aspects of the treatment. They should wear gloves or have sterilised hands. The threads themselves should be new and sterile  or have been ultraviolet sterilised before hand.

Any loose hair should be tied back so as not to be pulled when threading the target area.

Q5. Does Threading Hair Removal Hurt?

There is some discomfort as the thread pulls hair from the skin (similar to tweezing) there can be some very quick sharp “stings”. However Threading is much faster and most find it far less painful than tweezers or waxing. Most say it’s no where as bad as they anticipated. Of course it will depend on the area and your own pain threshold. See this excellent video on Threading … it looks easy and quick.

Q6. How does it work?

A cotton thread is pulled along unwanted hair in a twisting motion, to trap hair in a mini lasso. This action lifts hair right out of the follicle…. quick and easy! Some practitioners may warm and relax the skin of the treatment area with a warm compress before they begin.

Q7. What are the benefits?

It’s very fast when done by a skilled Threader, who has the ability to be so concise, better than say tweezers, waxing or shaving. Many people have said they can never get their eyebrows even, despite tweezing, waxing or sugaring, so prefer Threading for areas where shaping is required, like eyebrows.

It can be a great option if you have a skin condition or are sensitive to chemical options. Many dermatologists have approves Threading for hair removal.

It’s also very clean as nothing but the sanitised thread touches te skin. It’s quick and convenient and can be done pretty much anywhere. It is also less expensive than other forms of hair removal. Being an ancient and traditional beauty treatment, a lot of people like the idea of this.

Q8. How long before the hair grows back?

Approx’ 3 to 6 weeks. Results do depend on the area being treated, your own normal growth rate, your colour and what you have done to start with, but typically it matches waxing as the hair is removed close to the root. And unlike shaving the hair does not grow back thicker.

Q9. How long does it take?

It’s quick when done by a skilled Threader. Depending on the overall area to do anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes is normal. well maintained eyebrows can take just 3 minutes !

Q10. Does threading have any side effects?

Not really. Threading is 100% natural, so there is little to no side effects. Some people with very sensitive skin may experience redness for a few hours afterwards but this is rare. If it is your first threading you may experience some irritation. In this case, we recommend using a cold compress to calm the affected area.


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5 Simple Tips to Help You Achieve Glowing Skin

Look after your skinTalk to any dermatologist or beautician and they’ll inform you of all the wonderful products and procedures on the market that will help you improve your skin. If you need a little help when it comes to taking care of your skin, that help has arrived. We’re about to share our five favourite tips that will help you transform your skin from problematic into perfect.

1. Beware of the Sun

Most people aren’t aware of how damaging the sun can be until it’s too late. Because UV rays don’t always cause painful blistering or redness, it can be easy to underestimate their power. Unfortunately, too much time spent in the sun can cause premature ageing, and even skin cancer. Wearing SPF factor 15 while outside is essential, whatever your skin tone. If possible, keep your fragile body parts covered up by using a hat or umbrella when needed.

If it’s a tan you’re looking for, there are now healthier ways to achieve one. Don’t sacrifice your skin just for a temporary glow.

2. Say Goodbye to Stress

Stress and good skin don’t go hand in hand. The more tension in your life, the more chance you’re wrinkling your brow or other facial muscles. Too much stress can also create a hormonal imbalance that will cause acne and loss of skin elasticity. Whatever you’re stressing over is unlikely to be worth ruining your skin for, so try to nip it in the bud while you can.

Stress can be reduced considerably by practising yoga or meditation. Both of these things are easy to do, and are surprisingly effective. There’s a reason these practices have stood the test of time.

3. Make Use of Rejuvenating Treatments – If Needed

If you have a skin condition that makes you feel self-conscious, you can always improve it by opting for a cosmetic beauty treatment. While you don’t want to rely on such treatments, they can really compliment naturally healthy skin so shouldn’t be shunned if needed.

Conditions such as scarring or redness can make the skin look unhealthy, and take away from its beauty. Procedures such as dermabrasion and laser treatment can tackle scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and make the skin radiate as a result. You don’t need to go down the cosmetic path to have great skin, but it can certainly help.

4. Be Gentle

With so many products and procedures on the market today, it’s easy to overwhelm the skin. Even over-the-counter products can contain ingredients that are harsh on your outer layer. Cleansers and make-up products are some of the worst offenders. Both can affect oil levels, which will worsen acne and dryness. It’s best to stick to the essentials. Use make-up only when needed, and don’t forget to give your skin time to breathe. Marketing will have you believe you need a product for everything, but even experts agree that’s not the case.

5. Take Care of Your Body

Your skin is an outwardly reflection of what is happening inside of you. If you feel amazing on the inside, your skin is likely to look amazing too. To make sure your skin is in the best shape possible, you’ll need to make sure you’re as healthy as possible. That includes getting tested for gut disorders if you have stomach problems, dealing with any blood sugar issues you may have, and making sure your general health is top notch.

While it’s great to be able to go under the laser or have a session of derma-rolling performed, especially if there are particular problems you want to solve, it’s even better to achieve naturally healthy looking skin by focusing on the fundamentals.

Rest often, and consume at least two litres of water every day. Avoid sugar, and reduce salt intake if it’s high. Add to your diet antioxidants, and you’re likely to start feeling as good as you want to look. While cosmetic surgery is indeed helpful, nobody does beauty quite like Mother Nature.

5 Hair removal systems made easy!

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Renowned aesthetician, beauty expert and cosmetologist Bharti Taneja gives you a rundown on the varied techniques of hair removal. When it comes to unmatched beauty, nothing beats the feeling of silky smooth skin. The touch of soft skin gives a sense of sheer pleasure, which is unforgettable! And the easiest way to experience this bliss is through various methods of hair removal.

With time and technology, the process has become easy, quick and less painful. The latest hair removal methods not only help you get rid of those unwanted hair but also delay the hair growth. Let’s have a look….

  1. Threading – One of the traditional ways of plucking out hair, it’s primarily used for upper lip, chin, forehead and eyebrows. This helps give more precision to the beautician (especially while shaping the brows), though it is a tedious and little painful process.

Things to remember – The beautician has to be careful and precise while doing the brows as one mistake can cause you dearly. You must stretch the skin properly to avoid cuts. A wet thread is softer and thus, pains less.

2. Hair removal creams – It is one of the easiest ways of hair removal. Since it’s painless, it is generally used for under arms and bikini areas. Though it’s the easiest method, it is not very effective in delaying hair growth. The hair starts growing the next day of hair removal. Also, its continuous use leads to skin darkening.

Things to remember – Always do a patch test behind the ears before using the cream. Also, it is advised not to use it on face. It’s advisable to use it occasionally only.

3. Waxing – The most popular way of hair removal across the world, waxing renews and rejuvenates the skin. Delay in hair re-growth, skin softening, dead skin removal, de-tanning are a few benefits of waxing that perpetuate its popularity. This monthly delight is quick, safe and easy on pockets too. It gives long lasting results and can be considered for the whole body hair removal. Basically, there are two kinds of waxes – hard and soft.

3a. Hard wax – It comes with low melting point and thus, melts in minutes and is considered excellent for removing deep rooted hair. It is applied thickly in the direction of the hair and can be removed easily without the aid of paper or cloth strips. Heat it for a few minutes and apply on the desired area. Once it is cooled and slightly hardened, hold it from a tip and pull in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

It is ideal for face and bikini areas. Australian Red wax is considered the best among all hard waxes available in the market. The aromatic oil in this wax keeps it soft, and thus doesn’t hurt when you pull it off. It wonderfully delays the hair re-growth. You can re-use it fifty times but usually for the hygiene reasons its best not to re-use.

3b. Soft wax – It is the most widely used wax across the globe. Cost effective, it is generally meant for larger areas. It is applied hot in the direction of the hair, and removed with the help of paper or cloth strips. However, make sure not to heat it too much as it can burn the skin. Test the heated wax on a small area before starting off.

Things to remember –

Before and after waxing, you should always clean the area to be waxed with wet towel and use pre and post anti-bacterial wax powder or gel on the skin before and after waxing respectively. This cuts out chances of any skin allergy.

Always use good quality wax for best results and hygiene. A good quality wax is the one that has low melting point, which allows the wax to melt quickly without getting too hot for the skin and spread smoothly.

Always apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth and pull the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

Cloth strips are out-dated now. Re-using them by washing and sanitizing is a long and tedious process and can lead to infection, if not used properly. Instead, use disposable paper strips which are handy, quick, easy to use and hygienic.

4. Laser technique – One of the most widely known techniques of permanent hair reduction, laser promises bright, smooth and silky skin in just few hours. Today, with the advancement of science and technology in skin care, we have a wide array of laser hair removal treatments that offer a wonderful experience in no time.

Things to remember – Better to use on smaller areas.

5. (IPL) Intense Pulse Light treatment – The most advanced technique of all, IPL is considered as a popular choice. With a few sessions of intense pulse light ( laser hair removal IPL) in Rochester, and zero discomfort, you can be almost hair free. For anyone who has battled with unwanted facial or body hair, this is the perfect solution. This treatment target the Melanin within the hair follicles, which is responsible for active growth cycle. Thus you get silky, smooth and illuminating skin in a couple of sessions.

» More about IPL Laser Hair Removal in Rochester, Medway and Kent

Things to remember – Always consult an expert and go for a trusted brand for this treatment. (The author is the Director of ALPS Clinic and Academy)

Three Top Traditional Chinese Medicines

Physio Logic Otley - Chinese Medicine and AcupuntureMany people turn to and swear by alternative treatments for ailments and illness, especially when traditional medical medicine or drugs don’t work for them. A popular alternative across the globe is Traditional Chinese Medicine in Leeds to include acupuncture, acupressure and herbal remedies.

“Traditional Chinese Medicine” is offered at Physio Logic in Leeds who are committed to providing every patient with an ethical, and consistently high standard of quality healthcare. They have a qualified practitioner with the knowledge and understanding of your problems and who will ensure you feel comfortable during the treatment.

1) Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment in which very fine sterilised single-use needles are inserted into certain parts of the body to induce healing. The treatment usually has no pain at all although some patients may feel slight tingling. If you experience some sensations such as heaviness and mild soreness this demonstrates the effectiveness of the treatment. During and after Acupuncture you will feel very relaxed and sometimes may sleep.

2) Acupressure

Acupressure is also called therapeutic massage. It has a similar function to Acupuncture but rather than applying needles to certain parts of the body to induce healing, the Practitioner will use finger pressure instead. It is especially suitable in the treatment of some chronic conditions and to those people who are scared of needles.

3) Herbal Therapy

Herbal Therapy (a herbal decoction boiling raw plants to make a tea) is a pure natural remedy that uses the gifts of nature to combat diseases. Plant products are used such as barks, roots, leaves, fruits and flowers, but sometimes minerals are prescribed as well. We mainly use Chinese herbal products because they are tested and proved as one of the most effective and safe healing agents.

Eliminate and Detoxify:

There are other herbal products too such as: pills, tablets, capsules, syrups, creams, ointments, oils, tinctures, lotions, sprays, powders, pastes and plasters. Many herbs can work like natural antibiotics or anti-virus medicines. Some treatments help promote kidney, liver and bowel functioning for blood purification and cleansing of the body. Herbal remedies combine different plant products to work together to:

  • Organ Regulation and Mental-Physical Balancing. A treatment that can tune the function of the organs to heal mental and physical disorders to help naturally restore the body’s energy balance.
  • Body Nourishment, Energy and Immunity Boosting. These treatments act as powerful tonics and immune system boosters. Working with you the treatments can trigger and help the body’s self-healing power.
  • Medical: Such as
    Cold and Flu, Chest infections, Asthma, Stomach Disorders, Bowel Problems, Viral Infections, Blood Pressure, Headache, Heart problems, Circulatory problems, Blood problems, Water Retention, Bladder Complaints.
  • Musculo-Skeletal: Backache, Joint Complaints, Sciatica, Muscle Pains, Sports Injuries.
  • Skin Problems: Acne, Eczema, Dermatitis, Ringworm, Psoriasis, Herpes, Vitiligo, Skin Discolouration, Hair-loss.
  • Gynaecological Problems: Irregular Periods, Period Pains, Heavy Periods, Unhealthy Discharge, Thrush, P.M.S, Menopause, Infertility
  • Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat: Rhinitis and Sinusitis, Throat Complaints, Eye Complaints, Hay Fever.
  • Adult Problems: Sexually Related Disorders.
  • Others: Weight Control, Drug/Smoking Addiction

Our Tradition Chinese Medicine Practitioner is Dr. Jixing Cheng  who is fully qualified and registered with their relevant professional bodies.

Do you need more advice on Traditional Chinese Medicine?

To enquire about our Traditional Chinese Medicine services, please contact the Physio Logic reception. They can also advise you on other forms of treatment such as Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropody, and Podiatry.

Laser and IPL hair removal: Is it permanent?

Ellipse Hair Removal TreatmentIPL Hair Removal or Permanent Hair Reduction. What is it? Is it really permanent?

HAIRY? Who wants to be Hairy? Well removing unwanted hair is increasingly popular these days with women and increasingly men too. It can seem hair removal businesses, gadgets and treatments are cropping up as fast as the unwanted hairs themselves!

This article on IPL Laser Hair Removal in Rochester, Kent takes a look to see if it IPL is as good as it claims… How it works and is it permanent?

Laser Danger: CHOICE spoke to a range of experts, including dermatologists, and medical professionals who have highlighted the dangers involved in getting laser and IPL treatments, especially in an unregulated environment. ALWAYS CHECK your practitioner has a trusted and skilled work-force.

We sent a mystery shopper into a mix of beauty salons and walk-in clinics, and discovered that a number of laser and IPL operators are failing to give accurate advice, failing ask necessary questions, or  provide adequate information about the training of staff.

What to look out for If you’re considering laser or IPL treatments, CHOICE has compiled a list of tips to help you make an informed decision.

  1. The marketing hype will tell you that with a few sessions of laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) hair reduction, and some slight discomfort, you can be hair free forever. To anyone who has battled with unwanted facial or body hair this sounds like the perfect solution.
  2. However, with the exceptions of Queensland, Tasmania and WA the laser industry is unregulated, and powerful medical lasers and IPLs are accessible to untrained and inexperienced personnel. Even in the states with some legislative controls, clinical application training isn’t covered.

» For more information on IPL Laser Hair Removal Prices and a personal consultation you can contact the  Radiance Hair and Beauty, Rochester in Kent.

How does IPL Hair Removal Work?

Lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light) devices, (which are not technically lasers but work on a similar principal) offer a variety of skin treatments, not just hair removal such as removing spider veins, improving skin tone and to remove tattoos.

Permanent hair reduction involves the use of either a single wavelength of light (laser) or a flash of light containing hundreds of wavelengths (IPL or broadband light BBL). Melanin within the hair follicles is targeted, heating and damaging the follicles in an active growth cycle.

NOTE: Only hairs that have colour can be treated, so white and grey hairs won’t respond. The success of the treatment depends on your colouring, with laser generally working best on fair skin and dark hair.

Fairer skin and red hair will respond to a lesser degree and those with darker skin can be treated, but only with a great deal of care.

All the experts CHOICE spoke to agree that laser or IPL treatment, in the hands of an experienced and trained operator can be very effective. Melbourne dermatologist Dr Philip Bekhor says its the best way to remove unwanted hair, as long as you’re a “suitable candidate”.

Is IPL Hair Removal Permanent?

Many adverts claim that laser or IPL treatments can leave you permanently hair free. Sydney dermatologist Dr Phillip Artemi, says many operators have been quite loose with their definition of the word “permanent” in their advertising.

He says up to 20% of hair will continue to grow (albeit in a finer and slower way), and many hair follicles will recover from the laser injury over time. Dr Artemi says a better term for the procedures is “permanent hair reduction“. » Read here:

» FAQS for Professional Ellipse IPL Hair Removal Treatments in UK & Ireland.

[based on source CHOICE AU 2013]

Venus Viva and Firm FX

Venus FacialsThe Venus Viva is the latest stable mate to the revolutionary Venus Freeze. Except this time the Venus Viva is a portable / desktop system for just the face and neck (as opposed to whole body). It is ideal for the salon/clinic/spa business to administer anti-ageing / skin tightening treatments to their patients looking for a fast, effective and non-invasive “facial”.

Skin Treatments in Oxford by Jennifer Tanner is the first UK beauty therapist to take delivery of the Venus Viva after it’s successful launch in the US and Canada.

Jennifer says: “I am so pleased to offer my clients an affordable and non-invasive array of Venus Viva and “freeze facial” skin rejuvenation treatments. The Viva truly is a wonder of modern aesthetic technology… all proven and endorsed to work anti-ageing skin care. Come try the “Venus Freeze Facial” as used by many catwalk and film/tv stars.”

The Venus Viva offers a superior and affordable array of skin rejuvenation treatments using patented NanoFractional RF™ with SmartScan™ technology. The treatment is suitable for both men and women of all skin types. The versatile treatments for the face and neck include:

  • Venus Freeze Facial – “the facelift of the future”, the celeb’s & top models love this!
  • Wrinkle Reduction – eye area, forehead, mouth
  • Skin Tightening – jowls, neck, chin, décolleté
  • Reduce Acne Scars – for a clearer and healthier complexion
  • Texture Improvements – refining skin and pores

Get great results, whilst you simply relax! A Venus Treatment is fast and easy to apply. In just a few gentle 30 minute sessions you can have a more youthful look and glowing skin. Most patients are pleasantly surprised that a Venus treatment is actually warm and comfortable: like a hot stone massage. And it is true, some patients have fallen asleep during their treatment!