Eyebrow Threading Vs. Waxing

Do you want beautifully shaped eyebrows that can enhance your face? 

You might have come across many methods to get your eyebrows shaped like plucking and tweezing. But Woah! They can be painful and is that making you freak out?

Don’t worry! There are alternatives like waxing, threading, and microblading. But are you confused about choosing between eyebrow threading and waxing? 

If yes then you are on the right page! We have explained all about threading and waxing and have discussed the key differences between these two.

Just keep reading to get a good idea!

All About Eyebrow Threading

What Is Threading?

Eyebrow threading is an ancient hair removal technique that originated in Asia. It involves removing multiple hairs along the brow line row by row at a time to give the eyebrows shape. 

Threading pulls out hair at its root level, thus helping remove unwanted hair that can make your brows look uneven. It can be done also to remove facial hair like those above lips and in the chin.

But it is not recommended to do threading to remove hair in the legs or hands as they are thicker and tough to pull off. The thread used is wax-coated cotton and made of cotton. It is very thin to allow a stronger hold on each strand. 

eyebrow threading ways

How Does It Work?

A cotton thread is used to gently pull the hair from its follicle. So threading works like this.

  • Your technician will hold the thread between their hands, with one end at their teeth, and twist it.
  • The end of the twist is held over the eyebrow hair section that needs to be removed.
  • It is moved repeatedly by twisting the loop and threading the hair in the opposite direction from where your hair is growing.
  • This traps the hairs between the thread loop pulling them out as a whole.

Pros Of Threading

  • Threading is a quicker technique to remove eyebrow hair. It is faster than waxing which takes time for the hot wax to cool down.
  • It doesn’t hurt much as compared to tweezing or plucking.
  • Threading unlike plucking and tweezing can remove multiple hairs at a time making it more convenient for us.
  • Threading is more precise and thus gives a great result no matter what the length of the hair is.
  • Hair will start to grow back sparse and finer after repeated threading because hair is pulled out at the root, which gets weakened through this process so it gets less painful and quicker as you keep going. 

Cons Of Threading

  • Threading is found to be somewhat painful by a few people. Though ideally, it is the gentlest form of hair removal, threading can initially cause mild irritation and pain. But once you get used to the discomfort, threading becomes the best option for you.
  • There are some potential risks associated with threading. When done wrong it can cause cuts on the skin if your eyelids are not held tight properly. But this depends on the technician. 

As long as your technician is experienced and skilled, you are good to go without any fear. 

pros of eyebrow threading

DIY Threading Tips

It is usually NOT recommended to do threading by yourself at home as it requires tons of practice and skills. But if you couldn’t get an appointment or if you are stuck at home, then you can give it a try but with a lot of caution.

Start with an easy area that doesn’t require any shaping to get good practice- like your upper lips.

  • Firstly, you will need to cut a piece of sewing thread about 11 inches long. Then tie the thread in a knot to make a loop.
  • Insert two fingers from both hands into the loop. Make sure to keep the knot on your fingers to keep it hidden.
  • Twist the fingers on one hand to make an ‘X’.
  • Twist your fingers a few more times in the same direction (about 4 twists should be enough).
  • Now, place your index finger and thumb inside the loop.
  • Keep the fingers of one hand pinched together while you open the fingers of the other hand. This will slide the twisted part of the thread over. 
  • Pull the hair in the opposite direction of the way it grows.
  • Place one hand above your brow and the other below. The hand that will be used to move the twisted part of the thread will be the hand below the brows.
  • Place the hair you want to pull out in the ‘V’ part of the thread.
  • Open fingers on the hand below the brow to move the twist over the hair.  Do this movement fast. It will work easier and be painless.

All About Eyebrow Waxing

What Is Eyebrow Waxing?

Waxing is a popular hair removal technique that uses hot wax strips. Eyebrow waxing can be done with either cold or hot wax. But hot wax is the most popular one that is used to remove body and facial hair. 

The wax strip when pulled removes the unwanted hair and can help you get a good eyebrow shape.

How Does It Work?

  • Hot wax is applied on the section of the skin above and below your eyebrows containing unwanted hair. 
  • The wax is applied along the direction of hair growth. 
  • The hot wax is then allowed to cool which melts on the skin and grasps the hair strands. 
  • Then a cloth strip is placed over the cold wax and pressed down firmly. 
  • After a few seconds, the cloth strip is quickly pulled off in a direction opposite to hair growth. This removes the hair that sticks to the wax and gets ripped off giving the desired shape to your eyebrows. 
what is eyebrow waxing

Pros Of Waxing Eyebrows

  • Waxing takes much less time than plucking or tweezing. 
  • Waxing eyebrows gives smoother skin because during the process dead skin might also be taken off along with the unwanted hair. 
  • Though it can be painful, the pain is just for a few seconds, only when the strip of cloth and wax is being pulled off. 

Cons Of Waxing Eyebrows

  • Some people might experience allergies and rashes from the wax
  • There are possibilities for redness, irritation, and mild swelling that are temporary. 
  • Overwaxing may cause damage to the hair follicles. 
  • Eyebrow hairs may grow back faster than in threading. 
  • You shouldn’t use this method if you’re currently using retinoids on your face, as waxing could exacerbate side effects

Who Should Do It?

If you decide to get eyebrow waxing done, it’s highly recommended to get it done by a professional and NOT by your own. This ensures you could avoid any serious burns or skin irritation. 

Getting it done by a professional can also help you avoid mistakes like uneven eyebrows or removing too much hair.

Eyebrow Threading Vs. Waxing: What’s The Difference?

While both threading and waxing give the same result of removing unwanted hair,  there are some differences as. Waxing pulls off your hair in a single direction. But threading pulls hair in many different directions. 

Waxing is more gentle on the hair follicles and skin if used correctly. While threading can be painful and may only break hair at the skin level if done improperly. Also, waxing involves contact with skin that might irritate the skin. But threading has minimum or no contact with skin. 

Since threading uses a string to remove strays around your brows, you also won’t suffer from any chemical or allergic reactions. Although your skin might get mildly reddish after threading, it settles down within an hour.

Threading Or Waxing: How To Choose?

Choosing between threading and waxing is subjective to individuals. For those who find threading extremely painful or intolerable, then you can go for waxing which is comparatively less painful for a short time. 

If you have very sensitive skin, then the wax may cause allergies. So it’s better to go for threading in such cases.

The results are also different. Threading is more precise in giving a perfect shape to your eyebrows. Though waxing can remove hair effectively, the precision is a little lesser. 

what is eyebrow tweezing

Alternative Ways to Maintain Eyebrow Shape

There are a few other ways to maintain eyebrow shape such as 

  1. Plucking 
  2. Tweezing 
  3. Microblading
  4. Tinting 


Having read this, we hope you have a clearer idea of threading and waxing. So now it’s up to you to decide which one to go for. 

Weigh your options and based on your wants, you can choose between the two. Either way, you’re gonna have beautifully shaped eyebrows that can make you look attractive! So go on and decide! 

About Tessa Reynolds

Hey, I'm Tessa. I like to do makeup, especially eye makeup. So, I always take inspiration about how I can do better eye makeup that makes my eyes beautiful. Along with makeup, I'm also a big fan of sunglasses, and I always test new glasses that go with my curly hair.