While threading is still a relatively new hair removal technique in the Western world, it has been used in Eastern countries for centuries. Though the exact origins of the technique are unknown, many believe it originated in the Middle East and South Asia, and then spread to become popular in Far Eastern countries like China [source: James, Kazakina].
Though eyebrows are the most popular area for threading in the Western world, in India threading was traditionally used to remove hair from other parts of the face as well. The upper lip, chin, sideburns and cheeks were all subject to hair removal by threading, and some salons in the West offer these services in addition to eyebrow threading.
Currently, aesthetician training does not include learning how to thread. Many owners of threading boutiques are Indian or Middle Eastern and opened their shops because they could not find quality places to have their eyebrows threaded in their cities [source: Kazakina]. In many cases, they were trained in their native countries before bringing the practice to the United States. While learning their craft, threading artists will often practice on an eyebrow-shaped piece of velvet before moving on to human hair [source: Blacksberg]. Depending on a threading artist's heritage and training, he or she may have slightly different methods, as the practice differs a little bit from country to country.
Now that you know what threading is and where it came from, read on to find out why it may or may not be the hair removal technique for you.