What Is Eyebrow Braiding?

An eyebrow threading treatment helps shape and form your eyebrows.

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It seems like there is a treatment for everything and your brows don't get excluded from that. Your brows are a very important part of your face. They frame your face, so if your brows are off, the rest of your face won't look as good as it could. Tweezers, wax, razors -- you can groom your brows utilizing various different methods, but the eyebrow braiding -- or threading -- technique is definitely one to consider. The results are precise and long-lasting, helping to shape your brows and flatter your face.

Purpose

Your eyes are the window to your soul, but if your brows are out of whack, no one's going to notice those pretty peepers of yours. Your brows frame not only your eyes, but also the rest of your face, so it's important to keep up with proper grooming of your brows to get them the right size and shape for your face and end up with the most flattering look overall. The eyebrow threading technique is used to fill in any gaps in your brows, to shape them to get them looking how you want and to define the arch in your brow.

Process

The eyebrow threading treatment uses a very efficient method involving a thin piece of cotton thread used to trap each hair and pull it out. This method of hair removal is so precise, it ensures only the desired hairs are pulled out, rather than extra hairs taken off by accident, which can happen with waxing and shaving. Even with the preciseness of this method and with a skilled professional doing it for you, it takes about the same amount of time on average as your brow waxing or plucking session.

Upkeep

As there is maintenance with most other forms of eyebrow grooming, the same goes for the eyebrow threading technique. This method is more effective overall than tweezing or waxing, because you get more time in between hair regrowth. Typically, the hair doesn't come back for at least three to four weeks after each eyebrow braiding treatment. There aren't any chemicals used and because you aren't scraping or plucking at hair, even the most sensitive skin doesn't become irritated or damaged.

Risks

Although there are certainly more than enough benefits to the eyebrow threading treatment, there are also certain risks to be aware of. If you don't take time to find a qualified, skilled eyebrow specialist, you might not end up with even or properly shaped brows. Health risks include the potential spread of viruses; ensure that the person threading your brows has washed her hands and is using a clean piece of thread.

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