THREADING AT HOME

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As many of you know from my last video on my eyebrow routine, I have been threading my eyebrows since I was in eighth grade. I was 12 when my mom took me to my first eyebrow appointment. Now at age 38, I do it on my own. It is such a time saver and was especially helpful during quarantine.

I always get asked why I thread versus waxing or tweezing. I do still tweeze because there are still parts of eyebrows that you need to tweeze when you thread on your own. I have learned that there are portions of the brow that the skin is too soft to thread. If you try to thread that soft skin, you might end up with cuts and little bumps. In order to avoid this, I thread the top area of my brows towards my forehead and my upper lip.

Keep in mind, this is just my personal routine. If you have areas you want to try, go for it! One reason I prefer to thread over wax is because waxing really pulls at your skin and over 10 or 15 years you might start to notice. Threading is more like an exfoliation of the skin where waxing you are pulling at the skin.

Threading at home takes some practice, but do not get intimidated or discouraged, just keep practicing. It took me about a year to get really comfortable with it. Now, it is no problem for me, and it is such a time and money saver.

Now, let’s get into what you need to thread at home! First, thread. I discovered this thread when I was in India. It’s called Vanity and you can get a spool of it on Amazon for five dollars. It’s antibacterial thread and it’s coated with wax. Don’t worry if you do not have this thread, any sewing thread will work!

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The next thing you need is a spoolie. The spoolie I use came with tweezers too! I got this from CVS and it is GSQ by Glamsquad. A spoolie is important because I like to brush up my hair so that I can be more precise when I am threading both above and below the brow. Don’t forget you can use tweezers to get the little spaces that might be hard to thread precisely.

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The other thing you will need are baby scissors. These will be used to mainly trim the upper part of the brow and excess hair. Lastly, you will need to moisturize your skin after you thread. I love using aloe vera gel. This will really help with inflammation, redness and irritation. If you have really sensitive skin, an ice cube can help. Try icing the area five minutes prior to threading. This will numb the area and help with pain too. Another hack for sensitive skin is Orajel. Take a little bit and put on your brow to numb the area. If you have oily skin, try baby powder to soak up the extra oil before threading.

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Let’s start threading! First, brush up your brows with a spoolie. Then, ice your brows or upper lip for a bit, if you know you have sensitive skin. I like to now trim the upper parts of my brow.

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Then, start with a foot and a half of thread. Take both ends of the thread and tie a little knot to make a circle of the thread. If you are right hand dominant, take your left fist over the knot. Now, take your right hand and loop the thread around to make an X. Do that about twice so that you have a good grip. Go from the right side to the left side and then right to left to remove hair using your thumb and pointer finger. Your thread might get dull and need to be switched out.

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The general rule is that the innermost part of your brow should be aligned with your nose. A trick I have learned to remove hair easier, is to thread in the direction of the hair. Just be sure to take your time and go slow. Then, I tweeze to shape my brows.

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For the upper lip, take your tongue to hold the upper lip tight while you thread. You can repeat this process for your chin or really anywhere. Now, apply some aloe to the areas. This is how I thread at home. It takes me about 15 minutes to do. I hope you all find this helpful. Be sure to check out my YouTube tutorial too.

xo,

Ami

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Ami

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Ami Desai is a creative producer, host, makeup artist, and lifestyle expert. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from UC Berkley and a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. She shares everyday tips on hair care, makeup, and fashion on her Instagram, YouTube, and AmiDesai.com.
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