How to Thread Eyebrows

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Introduction: How to Thread Eyebrows

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:

-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:

-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).



Step 3:

-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).

Step 4:

-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.

Step 5:

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.***

Step 6:

***TIP***

-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.

Step 7:

***TIP***

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.

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

    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.

    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.

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    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?

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

    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

    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.

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

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

     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!!

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

     fantastic detail! thanks so much :]

    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!!

    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!