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Threading vs. Trimming, Shaving, or Plucking
To Thread or Not To Thread?
As a young woman plagued with a (somewhat) hereditary hairiness, I've sought many different hair removal methods throughout my 25 years here on Earth. I have always had a fine layer of hair all over my face; save my forehead and nose, presumably. Unfortunately as of late I'm feeling more on the werewolf side. I have a good grade of skin, not acne prone; quite sensitive--so it makes tackling the challenge all the more--well, challenging!
Around my teenage years the hair on my chin was not at all noticeable (I have what some would call a baby face) and did not require much, if any, maintenance. Approaching my twenties I was in for a more rigorous shaving routine. Not only did I do my eyebrows, forearms, underarms, legs, thighs and bikini zone...I also took up shaving my chin! For awhile the eyebrow razor seemed to suffice, then, suddenly I began to suffer terrible ingrown hairs--leading to hyper-pigmentation.
Moving into my mid twenties, the hair growth has proved itself to be more and more problematic. I went on to try facial depilatories, wax strips, and tweezing in addition to shaving. A scale ranking the removal methods from least time elapsed (between treatments) to most is as follows:
- Shaving ( I'd have to do it everyday)
- Depilatories (stubble comes back almost as quick as shaving)
Which is why I thought wax strips were the answer to all of my hair removal prayers! It lasted about two weeks and my skin was smooth even when the hair grew back; unlike shaving and tweezing which caused it to be very stiff and burrow backwards into my skin (creating "hair-bumps" and darkening). The waxing went well for approximately a year.
My skin, then, went through another morph: waxing gave me the same results shaving and tweezing did. The hair re-growth was thick and dark with a fast turnaround rate, accompanied by painful razor bumps that left scars. As a last resort I looked into laser treatment. I felt 'so unpretty', but [after two different consultations and a test treatment] I had to think thrice about using a laser to burn out the hair follicles on my face--when popular *name-brand* products irritated and broke it out--along with nearly everything else. That would've been quite an expensive "experiment" to participate in.
So, what's my solution, you ask? No...it is not ignoring the malady and being satisfied straddling the androgyny fence. I happened to be in the mall last week and there was a Middle Eastern lady working a kiosk specializing in henna tattoo art. She advertised all shapes of eyebrows on a placard as well as some henna designs--and I unwittingly thought she used henna on the brows. I thought it a little foolish of people to come back every two weeks though (since she informed me that is how long the henna ink lasts on skin).
However, this woman was also a threader. While I was flipping through a photo album of her henna work she offered to "thread" my eyebrows, and the first question I asked was if it hurt. I'd read about threading sometime at the beginning of this year, but never encountered anyone who had any firsthand experience(s). She assured me it wasn't very painful, but that it wasn't painless either. I'm a stickler about my brows, so I mulled it over and told her I'd come back.
The allure of threading is that it [supposedly] creates precise and streamlined brows. The one thing that caught my attention when I returned was that...her brows were not freshly shaped. Upon that, I decided to allow her to do my chin. It was a very nominal price, and I figured I could remedy it with exfoliating scrub and cocoa butter if ingrown hairs appeared afterward.
And boy did they! I have a large dark hairbump on the left side of my chin, as I type. Aside from the fact that I felt I needed to shave the next day (but refrained from doing so), threading is really no different than any of the aforementioned hair removal techniques. The whole process is not very extensive, but it is very meticulous. For a person with low patience, like myself, it may be all the more wise to stick to home remedies.
I was (more than) ready for the stinging to stop...regardless of being able to still feel a few stubble-y stray hairs on my chin after she stepped back and asked 'how was that'. It's a toss-up on whether tweezing is more uncomfortable than threading, because the removal of the hair follicle is imminent in both cases [and its regrowth is equally as painful].
Thus, I've resigned any fancy methods of getting rid of the hair on my face. I've picked my razor and shave gel back up because for the last three months it has been the most practical solution for my skin and its hair issues. In comparison to my waxing in the year prior, I have had much smoother results since going old school. There is no sense in spending money on a hype-new procedure that you could replicate in your home (minus the laser treatment).
I think we can all learn how to thread. Once its novelty wears off--what will be the next hottest thing? Or will we move on to become a society where facial hair on women doesn't really matter? I highly doubt the latter. However, once that nouveau hair removal product does debut....I can't promise you I'll be first in line to try it. Hairy or not, I'm happy with being traditional!