A Quick Guide to Threading Your Own Brows At Home

By: Hagar Ezzo

I’m gonna be honest here, threading your own brows can be scary as hell. What if your hand
flinches and you’re left with a bad eyebrow slit? What if they end up too thin? The horrors are
endless, but we’re still in quarantine and if you’re like me, you’ve forgotten what your eyebrows
used to look like at this point. Fear not, I’ve got you.

What you’ll need:
● some good thread (nene’s thread)
● tweezers
● scissors
● a spoolie brush (or a toothbrush)

First things first, you need to start with a clean base. So go wash your face with warm water with
the cleanser of your choice, and pat your face dry. The warm water will relax your skin and hair
follicles, making them easier to pull out. You’ll want your skin nice and clean so you don’t get
any post hair removal breakouts. After removing the unwanted hair, oil and dead skin cells can
block the follicle or pore, so make sure to clean your face after you’re done. If you’re prone to
breaking out like me, you can add a topical cream afterwards.

Before threading, you want to brush and trim your brows first. This helps give them an overall
cleaner and sharper look.

Grab your spoolie, and brush your eyebrow hairs upwards and cut off the tops as shown in the
photos below. Brushing upwards is usually more effective on hairs before the arch.

Then, do the same thing but brush your eyebrow hairs downwards. This is more effective on
hairs after the arch.

Now, you’re ready to start threading those bad boys.

Get your thread, and tie both ends to make a loop. If you have larger hands, then your loop
should be longer than that of someone with smaller hands. Your loop should be around the
length of the space from your thumb to your pinky finger. Now hold each end of the looped
thread with your thumb and forefinger and twist it 5-10 times, just like you’ve seen at the
coiffeur. It should look like an hourglass.

Practice opening one up hand and closing the other, if you can’t seem to get the hang of it, you
may need a shorter loop. Disclaimer, it can take you a while to get the hang of it. Maybe a few
tries, maybe days or even months. It’s just a matter of practice but don’t worry, you’ll get there
eventually!

Hold your thread right next to the hair you want to pull out. Make sure you pull the hair in the
opposite direction of the way it grows.

You know your own eyebrows best, but if you’re scared you may accidentally fuck up, outline
the shape of your brows with a brow pencil so you know not to thread those hairs. I personally
thread the first row of hairs on the top of my brow, the strays on my brow bone, and my unibrow
area.

Always have your eyebrow raised. This helps tighten the skin and avoid getting cut.
Threading hairs on your brow bone can be tricky as the skin around your eye is very sensitive (if
you have overall sensitive skin, try icing your skin beforehand for a few minutes) , and may need
to be pulled. This is where tweezers come in handy. If you have any ingrown hairs, pointed
tweezers are the best for getting them out.

Threading eyebrows can seem really complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it it’s not
that scary. Just go slow and steady, and soon enough your brows will be sharp enough to slit
throats. Happy threading!!

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