Eyebrow Waxing VS Threading

Eyebrow Waxing VS Threading 

Eyebrows are such an essential part of your face, maintenance and grooming can make such a difference to how they accentuate and frame the top half of your face. There are many methods to achieve your desired look, some of the most popular options being eyebrow waxing and threading which can last up to 6 weeks depending on the speed of hair growth. However, which epilation process is actually more beneficial and better for the skin?  


Eyebrow waxing requires the application of warm or cold wax to the intended hair removal area. Once the wax has been applied a strip is placed over the area, applying gentle pressure to the wax. After a few moments, the paper is quickly removed pulling out the unwanted hairs directly from the root. Waxing is a much quicker process than threading or plucking the brows individually, so if you’re in need of a quick solution for unwanted hairs, waxing may be a great choice. Dead skin cells are often removed during the process, in turn creating smoother results. Regular waxing can also result in hairs growing back finer and softer, making them easier to remove and less visible.  

On the other hand, waxing is not as precise and accurate as other methods, therefore it may not be the most suitable option for eyebrows with large amounts of regrowth.  Celebrity Brow expert Sherille Riley explains some more information to take note of when considering the waxing process. ‘The expert using this technique must be very experienced as it is less accurate than threading…Waxing is not suitable for anyone undergoing chemical peels or using Retinol. It is also not suited to those with extremely sensitive skin.’ 


Threading is another widely used method, which has been around for decades deriving from Ancient Asian culture. The process consists of a piece of thread being used as a lasso rolling each hair between twisted threads. Each piece of excess hair is removed utilising a plucking motion, however without the need for tweezers. The brow therapist may ask the client to hold the skin in place for extra precision. Threading can be a great method for those with sensitive skin or those who suffer from allergies. The threading method causes less irritation to the skin due to the minimal chemicals used throughout the process. Threading is also a less painful experience than waxing, so if you have a low threshold for pain this may be the right option for you.  

If eyebrow threading is not carried out sufficiently, it can result in skin irritation and in grown hairs. ‘It’s tough work for the client to keep the skin pulled so tight each time- you can nick the skin and cut it if the skin is not pulled tight enough…The pain of a threading is also more irritating – like teeny tiny elastic bands going off on your forehead – oh and makes you sneeze a lot!’  explains Beauty expert Beth Camilleri.  

It is important to weigh up all the options and carefully select a trusted salon to complete your hair removal process. It may be worth having a consultation with your brow therapist to choose the most suitable method for your skin type.