How to Thread Your Own Eyebrows

Originating in India, eyebrow threading can groom and shape your eyebrows as an alternative to plucking or waxing. Eyebrow threading sounds very painful, but is about the same as brow waxing and is not hard on your skin. Threading your eyebrows gives you a better result than waxing or plucking because it pulls an entire row of hair from the follicle to achieve a more straight-looking line of hair.


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    Comb your eyebrow hair up to look for long our out of place hairs. With a spoolie, lash comb or fine toothed comb, sweep eyebrow hair straight upward and pin it in place one section at a time. Trim a small amount off of any large hairs.
    • Repeat this process a second time, this time combing down instead of up.
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    Make a loop with your thread. Take a piece of high-cotton sewing thread about as long as your forearm and tie it to form a loop. Snip off loose ends.
    • You want thin thread, usually found cheaply at a drug store.
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    Make a rectangle with the thread using your thumbs and pointer fingers as the corners. Each hand will be on opposite sides of the string.
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    Turn your right hand 3-4 times to make a little notch in the middle of the string. The string will now look a little like an "8." This small bit of braided string in the middle will be used to pluck your hairs.[1]
    • With your hands apart in front of you, the string should now look similar to an "X" with the twisted portion in the middle.
    • Note how, if you pinch or close the thumb and finger on one hand, the braided section moves back and forth.
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    Lightly cover your eyebrow in dry concealer. This will make your hairs stand out more. Lightly powder below and above your eyebrow.
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    Fit the string underneath the hairs you want to remove, keeping the center braid near the hair. The corners on each end of the twisted thread will be grabbing your hairs almost like scissors, but rather than shearing, the twisted thread will fold hair into itself, plucking individual hairs at your own pace, depending on how fast you open and close your fingers.
    • You want to keep your thumbs/finger on the corners of the string.
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    Open your right hand quickly to slide the braid towards the hair, snipping it. Place the thread on the skin with the twisted portion of the thread just to the side of the hair you would like to remove. Gently move the twisted portion along the skin from side to side to capture the hairs, either to the right or to the left whichever way feels more comfortable, by doing what we learned in step 4. Once hairs are captured, simply pull.
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    Use the thread to clean your eyebrows into the right shape. Keep threading until your eyebrows are their desired shape. Go slowly when you first start to prevent pulling out large chunks of hair undesirably.
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    Apply some astringent or soothing lotion to your eyebrows. This will ease some of the pain from pulling up the hairs and prevent redness. Your eyebrows will usually stay nice and clean for 2-3 weeks!


  • If you are young, don't do this without an adult's permission.
  • Try going to a nail salon.


  • Go slowly -- it takes long time for lush, long eyebrow hairs to grow back out.

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