Threading Through The Sticky Situation of Waxing

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We’ve all been faced with this haunting question: to thread or to wax the brows? Both are effective, and both can be painful. When you do it right, waxing and threading can leave your brows looking defined, yet natural. To help you decide whether you should thread or wax, we’ve broken down the pros and cons of each.



  • Threading usually is more precise. The thread grabs individual hairs at the root, so the beautician has more control over how to get a good shape.
  • Threading is also more sanitary than waxing, as it involves no chemicals.
  • With waxing, people have to worry about being burned or singed. With threading, there is no such concern.
  • Redness disappears faster after threading as compared to waxing.


  • Threading may be more painful than waxing, especially since it usually takes more time.
  • Certain areas of the face are more painful to thread than to wax.
  • Threading is often more expensive.
  • Threading can only be used on small areas.


  • Waxing is quicker than threading, so it’s usually less painful.
  • It tends to be easier to find waxing services as compared to finding threading ones.
  • Waxing is good for removing hair in larger areas.


  • Waxing can be messy.
  • You run the risk of singing your skin when waxing.
  • The wax may feel unpleasant on your skin and leave a residue.
  • Hyperpigmentation may occur if there is overexposure to the sun after waxing.
  • Waxing could cause premature wrinkles.
The Bottom Line:

Both options clearly have their pros and cons. If you have sensitive skin, give threading a try. But if you’re skin isn’t super sensitive and don’t mind a little after-waxing redness, you can definitely get away with waxing.


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