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What To Expect The First Time You Get Your Brows Threaded

There's a little pain involved.
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There's no going back once you've popped your threading cherry. Seriously, it's a one-way ticket to better brows no matter what hairy situation you're starting with.

If you're a virgin to the ancient Indian hair removal technique, let us enlighten you with what to expect:

  1. Bearable pain.

    Depending on the therapist/your tolerance/the time of the month, threading feels like tweezing multiple hairs all at once. Obviously, try not to flinch during it or you could end up with unwanted bald patches

  2. One at a time.

    You'll be asked to pull your eyelids in opposing directions, so the skin is taught and easy for the therapist to work on. If they assume you've done the procedure before and expect you to know what to do, ask and they'll explain!

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  3. Don't wear a lot of eye makeup.

    Or you'll probably smudge it everywhere.

  4. Uncontrollable side effects.

    This includes random sneezing and eye-wateringthey might literally stream (not from the pain, but the sensitivity).

  5. Be prepared for the therapist to forgo asking what shape you want.

    Sometimes, they'll just immediately get to work and base it on their instincts. So if you're growing out your arches, for example, be sure to tell them so they can advise you on the best brow shape to get.

  6. They might question whether you want your brows "trimmed or not."

    After the threading, it's optional, but it makes unruly hairs look much neater. If you have especially fine hair or sparse brows you might want to decline the offer.

  7. Check the results, carefully.

    When the shaping is done, they'll show you the results in a handheld mirror and it's easy to automatically say "Great!" But look closely and ask for tweaks if you're not 100 percent happy.

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  8. Next comes the option for aloe vera gel.

    Say "Yes" to it! It's cooling and soothing, plus will help to reduce redness in the area.

  9. The redness.

    You will temporarily experience rosy skin (some suffer worse than others) that will last an hour, max. So you might not want to go straight out on a date afterward.

  10. Massage?

    Depending on where you have your brows threaded, you may get a little Indian-style head massage afterward, making any pain you felt previously melt away.

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  11. The therapist may fill-in your brows if you wish.

    You'll also be told not to apply concealer/foundation after and don't ignore this piece of advice. Makeup could clog the open pores left by the hair removal and cause pimples.

  12. What you should focus on is the fact you'll have your best brows EVER.

    Formerly sparse, overgrown, wonky, or wild kilay will all see amazing transformations from threading.

  13. Freshly threaded brows will be easier to fill in yourself.

    Making the morning makeup routine quicker. Bonus!

  14. You'll also save time on tweezing.

    There's no need to pluck between appointments, but when you feel the need to (after five to six weeks), save them up for a week and re-book that threading appointment.


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