Sunday, December 23, 2012

Spa Girl says there is an OUCH factor to Threading!

Always willing to try something new and wanting to remove some unwanted facial hair, I did my research and decided to have my face threaded.
Threading is a centuries-old technique with origins in the Middle East and South Asia.  

It is a treatment which uses cotton thread to remove hair. 

The threader twists a thread into a loop and rolls it against the skin, removing the hair. The loop acts like a tiny lasso, plucking the hair from the follicle. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair at lightning speed.

The threader I went to, a very experienced Esthetician said the first minute or so can be uncomfortable, then you get used to it, while others experience no discomfort at all.  For me, just like waxing I found the OUCH factor to be 10 of 10 and had to take a few breaks.  After the first half of my face was done, she closed the door to avoid frightening other clients in the Spa.  Not good for business when you hear screams coming from a treatment room (LOL).  I have always had very sensitive skin, so this is most likely why the OUCH factor was so intense.

Threading provides more precise control in shaping eyebrows and is more gentle on the skin than other methods of removing unwanted facial hair.  It is also gaining popularity in the West for many reasons. It is relatively inexpensive, it is very quick and extremely sanitary, it lasts for up to 6 weeks, leaves your face feeling and looking great, and generally over time, can cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and stop hair growth.

Threading is an art form and you need to seek out an experienced practitioner. And there is that Ouch Factor.  However there are several different ways to relax the hair follicle when threading by using warm compresses, or a numbing spray prior to treatment.  It is also important to clean the face with rubbing alcohol to avoid symptoms like razor burn and apply a good moisturising cream afterwards.

Depending on the Spa or salon you can generally expect to pay (not including a 15% to 20% gratuity) around $12 to $50 for eyebrows; Upper Lip $6 to $20; Full Face $35 to $60; and the Chin between $6 and $15.

So Spa Girls, when considering your perfect face, think about threading!

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