Introduction: How to Thread Eyebrows

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The art of eyebrow threading is a very old beauty technique. In a nut shell, it involves removing hair with thread. Some say it originated in the Middle East, others think it started in India. Either way, it's a pretty cool concept, but a little tricky to master.

So, I hope this Instructable will help you on your quest of learning how to thread eyebrows....

Step 1:

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-First you will need to cut a piece of sewing thread about 11inches long (if you have big hands/fingers then you might need a longer piece of thread).

-Then tie the thread in a knot to make a loop.

Step 2:

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-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).

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-Now, place your index finger and thumb inside the loop (make sure you don't lose the shape of the thread or you'll have to repeat step 2).

-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. This movement is how the thread grips the hair and pulls it out. (kind of like when you rub a rubber band over your arm and it pulls out your hair...actually it hurts like that too when you are removing multiple hairs such as your upper lip).

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-What you want to do is make sure you pull the hair in the opposite direction of the way it grows.
So, 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 hand below brow to move the twist over the hair. The hair gets caught in the twist and THUS will be pulled out!!! Do this movement fast. It will work easier and be painless.

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Open the fingers of the other hand to place the twist back in the middle. Then you can repeat step 4 over again.

***MAKE SURE WHEN YOU DO THIS MOVEMENT YOU DON'T HAVE THE THREAD NEAR HAIR. It could lead to accidently pulling hair out.***

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-When threading near hair you don't want removed, you can use the thread to push the hair out of the way. This will allow easier access to the one hair you want removed.

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I suggest practicing the movements first. Alternating between opening one hand then the other.

I also suggest practicing on your(or your boyfriend's) leg hair before attempting the brow. It is hard to control the thread in the beginning. If you don't practice first, you may end up with very oddly shaped eyebrows.


Anampena (author)2017-03-28

Thank you so much these are great instructions, and easy to follo

KeyannaS (author)2016-08-17

I know this post is super old but great instructions, thank you..& how long did it take you to get the hang of it? I'm thinking about threading my own eyebrows from now on instead of having to go to the salon.

SeaSkyShore (author)2009-07-16

I just tried this instructable and I am glad I did. I am blessed with very thick eyebrows and a little *ahem* mustache growth (ladies don't snicker everyone does to one degree or another). Normally it is pretty painful for me to tweeze but once I got the threading down I could do it quickly and with very little pain.

Thanks for posting this, I had always wanted to try threading but I could never find comprehensive instructions.

KeyannaS (author)SeaSkyShore2016-08-17

I'm thinking about threading my own eyebrows too instead of getting them done at the salon - how long did it take you to get the hang of it?

sarahfish (author)SeaSkyShore2010-09-20

right there with you hunny! works great, wonderful ible alicia!

TiffanyM22 (author)2015-10-06

Just did mine. Never waxing or tweezing my eyebrows again!

ccotton1 (author)2015-09-03

Can't wait to try this out on my wife if I can catch her 'prolly have to try it out on one of the cats if I can catch it

PallaviK3 (author)2015-08-17

Good notes

lindagraham36 (author)2015-01-12

thiz is cool

LucianaGarcia (author)2012-04-19

i will try this today. hopelly i understand it good enough to actually do it on myself, ive been dying to learn how to thread! i spend 15 dollars every week getting them done, when i can just do them myself! :) ihope this works.

jellybeensis (author)2012-02-27

this is awesome!!! it doesnt hurt as much as pulling it out with tweezers and it works great

thriftst0re_junkie (author)2011-07-12

thank you! thank you! thank you! now i can save money and a trip to the salon! :D

Glitteria (author)2010-08-26

I can't understand. If i do it, what will happen with my eyebrows?

Glitteria (author)Glitteria2010-08-26

Ohhhhh I've watched a video, now i get it. I'll try this. Thanks.

kiafayce (author)2010-06-22

This is awesome! I know how I'll be tending my eyebrows from here on out! :D Thanks<3

aeriz (author)2010-04-23

 thanks so much for such a detailed tut! have been forever wanting to know the threading mystery and thanks to u, here it is! now I just gotta go find a victim to practice it on!!

shivanni (author)2009-12-25

er1this is what im looking 4 really helpful thank u very much

moonstar (author)2009-12-24

 fantastic detail! thanks so much :]

sbjazevics (author)2009-09-10

Thank you so much, it is a great instructable, I haven't found such a detail explanation and the drawings, you are a great teacher!!

binkyb (author)2009-05-28

I had this done to me by the barber in a Turkish Hamam in Istanbul - I am an older bloke and it was my ears he was working on - it happens eventually - and it was so efficient but I couldn't see how it was done - great Instructable - well done very clear!

Nymph (author)2009-05-27

I'm so happy you've posted this! I used to get my eyebrows threaded all the time in India but never figured how to do it myself. Now if I can just find something to practice on... :P

snickets (author)2009-05-18

Thank you thank you thank you.I knew an iranian girl at work who did it for women on their breaks and lunches. i asked her so many times to show me how to do it for myself since I have hair issues but she never did and it seems like she didn't want to, it does seem a bit complicated but Ill give anything a try when it comes to hair removal. I actually just tried it exactly the way that you wrote it and it worked! I still have a lot of practice ahead of me i know i'm still going to keep the old tweezer for now i guess. But I'm very excited you have no idea so thank you for sharing this secret! One more question can you do this anywhere on your body where you want to remove hair or is it to b done strictly on the face. I'm just picturing getting rid of all the hair removal pharaphernalia I've collected over the years and reducing it to one spool of thread...possible? I can only DREAM.....Thanks to you and your generosity Oh did I mention how thankful i am, i know im gushing but Im so excited you have no idea so THANK YOU! :)

dragonic2020 (author)2009-05-03

ooo... that look painful

kannd86 (author)2009-04-19

I think I read once that you should only do this with 100% cotton thread. Is that true? The sewing thread I have is polyester. I think it was something about irritating your skin. What is your thread made of?

AliciaMD84 (author)kannd862009-04-27

Honestly, I don't know the answer to that, lol. If you go to a salon they only use 100% cotton. I usually just use whatever is laying around (which is generally polyester sewing thread). Maybe it's easier w/cotton thread, less painful, less irritating or because it's more eco-friendly. I don't know. SORRY!

Bindweeds (author)2009-04-27

I always wondered about that! Thanks!

hustlngs (author)2009-04-14

my girlfriends gets her's done.we were talkng about it today how she should learn to make some of her own money.. good instructable..oo nd i love tha part of how someone should practice on their bf's leg lol

TraumaComet (author)2009-04-12

I remember my mother, aunts and grandma always doing this- they used to do their whole faces. They told me it also exfoliated and tightened your pores. That may not be true, but thank you for making this technique known to the community!

brisnicki (author)2009-04-10

Cool! I saw this on used on a TV makeover show years ago and always wondered how they did it. I planned on Googling it one day so was pleased you posted this. Your eyebrows have a lovely shape :)

ashleybmeyer (author)2009-04-09

What advantage does this have over tweezing? It's just another mechanism for pulling hairs out one at a time, yes?

AliciaMD84 (author)ashleybmeyer2009-04-09

It is A LOT faster then tweezing. You can remove several hairs at once which is what professionals do. Also, some people feel less/no pain then they do w/waxing or tweezing. Some are allergic to wax or remain red afterward. This, obviously, contains no harmful chemicals you could be allergic to, it's more natural and eco-friendly, and it is cheaper then waxing. The only disadvantage is that it's a lot harder to control & master then tweezing. But once you learn to pull one at a time out, then you can get several in a row. Eventually you'll be super awesome and everyone will be impressed!

klynslis (author)2009-04-09

Great instructible! I can't wait to try it.

buckmcf (author)2009-04-02

Had this done in the Middle East once, briefly hurts, but looks great, also good for ear and nose hairs.

tecneeq (author)buckmcf2009-04-02

Real men pull out nose hair with their fingernails (used like a plier). And if you don't have tears in your eyes afterwards, you are doing it wrong ;).

thermoelectric (author)tecneeq2009-04-02

Hehehehe Lol. There are machines that clip nose hair now, sow that probably doesn't happen much

Notbob (author)thermoelectric2009-04-02

Real men use live sharks to remove nose hairs ; )

BeanGolem (author)Notbob2009-04-03

I think when it comes down to it, REAL real men just let the damn stuff grow out all scraggly and gross. haha.

At Liberty (author)BeanGolem2009-04-09

Yes. And then they pull it out with their bare fingers, tear up, maybe sneeze, then go all MacGyver on it, and weave something useful out of it.

Notbob (author)At Liberty2009-04-09

Knit a jumper out of it. Because knitting is for real men.

thermoelectric (author)BeanGolem2009-04-03

Yeah, I think you're right.

thermoelectric (author)Notbob2009-04-03

Is taht even possible????

hominid (author)buckmcf2009-04-03

I saw this done on a doco' when Clive James had it done on his escaping ear hairs. It was in the middle east.

frouski (author)2009-04-09

I love having it done but i think I'm too clumsy to try it for myself. Great tut though!

katma136 (author)2009-04-09

thank you!! very good instructions and an interesting and useful topic too :)

bumsugger (author)2009-04-09

Y-U-K !!!

Raiqi (author)2009-04-09

Thanks - I have had this done for years and its good to see how it actually works!

miseleigh (author)2009-04-09

This will be so much faster than tweezing. Thank you.

MD_Willington (author)2009-04-06

I've seen it done on "other" hair.. no I will not go there...

-5nip3- (author)2009-04-05

But im just 15 in 3 years i will show your TuT

cigiss (author)2009-04-04

amazing, thank you <3

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