Q1. 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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