First the wax is applied onto the eyebrow area with a wooden spatula or other flat spreader. Then the wax strips are pressed into the melted wax which had previously been applied to the skin. Finally the skin is then held taunt and the strips quickly ripped off. The wax and hair sticks to the strips and, voila, the desired hair has been removed. Eyebrow waxing can hurt, although this varies based on an individual’s pain threshold as well as the texture and amount of hair to be removed.
Smaller or finer hairs are sometimes not caught by the wax and they then need to be removed afterwards with tweezers. The skin is usually reddish and can sting for a while afterwards. Soothing cream is usually applied by the brow technician afterwards to reduce redness and discomfort. If you have sensitive skin, you may walk around with visible redness in the waxed area for a couple of hours.
Eyebrow threading is less well known than waxing. It was originally popular in India and parts of Asia and is now available in most large urban centers in North America. It uses a thread, applied individually, to each eyebrow hair targeted for removal. The thread is twisted and the hair extracted. It is faster than waxing and offers more precision when it comes to shaping the brows. It also requires the skin to be held taunt and can result in some redness afterwards, although is generally considered to be less irritating to the skin since the thread is only applied to the hair, not the underlying skin.
In regards to eyebrow waxing versus threading both require an emphasis on hygiene as infections can be spread. Eyebrow waxing should not include “double dipping”, meaning that ideally, each client has a freshly sanitized, individual pot of wax, wooden spatula and waxing cloth strips. If the same wooden spatula goes into a communal pot of wax, that is double dipping, and is not a sanitary practice. Eyebrow threading also requires sanitary practices. A fresh thread should be used for each customer. The eyebrow technician should have clean hands and all standard salon sanitation practices should be used.