What is threading?

Problems with Threading

One of the biggest problems in choosing threading as your hair removal technique is its availability (or lack thereof). Although the technique has been gaining popularity rapidly in the western hemisphere, it still may be hard to find reputable threading professionals unless you live in a major city. If you're looking for a salon that offers threading, searching online is probably the best place to start.

Once you've found a place that performs threading, you should make sure that the salon is credible -- just as you would with any beauty procedure. Ask for references from the practitioner, and make sure the salon appears to be a safe and clean environment with new and sterile thread, scissors and brushes. Each threading artist has a different process, but you may be able to determine the quality of the threading based on how long it takes. If a threader only spends five minutes with each client, that's probably not a good sign, especially because going too quickly can cut your skin [source: Kazakina].

Though threading involves little contact with the skin and doesn't include the risk of burns like waxing does, it can still be painful. Your skin may itch a little bit afterward, and you may see some redness, puffiness or changes in pigment for a short while after the procedure. As with waxing or plucking, it's also possible that after threading you could develop folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles [source: Mayo Clinic].

Hair removal techniques may go in and out of fashion to some extent, but threading seems to be a viable option that is here to stay. For more information about hair removal techniques, read on to the next page.

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