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Going Threading For The First Time?

What is Threading

Threading is an ancient method of hair removal originating in India. In more recent times it has gained popularity in Western countries, especially with a cosmetic application (particularly for removing/shaping eyebrows). Most people believe threading originated in India over 6000 years ago and spread throughout Asia, the Middle East and in recent times Europe. The Arabic word for threading is ‘Khite’; in Egypt, it is also called ‘Fatlah’.

Threading is widely practiced amongst Iranians, but it was originally only done when a woman was getting married or for special occasions. In ancient Persia, threading was a sign that a girl had reached adulthood.

In threading, a thin (cotton or polyester) thread is doubled, then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair.

Advantages cited for eyebrow threading, as opposed to eyebrow waxing, are that it provides more precise control in shaping eyebrows and is more gentle on the skin. It can be painful as several hairs are removed at once: however, this can be minimized if it is done professionally.

There are a few different techniques for threading. These include the hand method, mouth method, and neck. Each technique has advantages and disadvantages; however, the mouth holding method is the fastest and most precise.

Threading allows for a more defined and precise shape and can create a better definition for eyebrows.

Health and Safety of Threading

Used mostly on the face, a thin piece of thread is twisted and rolled along your skin’s surface, entwining the hairs in the thread and quickly lifting them from the root. There is no use of harmful products, just thread, so it’s a natural way to get rid of unwanted hair. And unlike waxing or using depilatories, the skin is not at risk for peeling or burning. Threading is a quick process, but it’s not pain-free — think of it like tweezing. Slight redness or puffiness can occur afterward, but it quickly subsides. Just like with waxing or sugaring, ingrown hairs are a possible side effect.

Potential Side Effects

  • Redness and irritation. You may end up a bit pink and feeling a slight sting like I do. I haven’t ever gotten ingrown hairs or breakouts, so the redness is worth it. But generally, this lasts only a short time. I generally use some toner for sensitive skin if there’s some redness. It goes away in no time.
  • Ouch factor. As far as pain goes, it really is subjective. It also depends on the skill of the technician.

Contraindications

There are no known contraindications for this method of epilation as it is not used on large parts of the body and it does not require the use of any products that might contain allergens. IF anything this should be great for all skin types especially diabetics as they tend to be bruised easily during waxing or sugaring.

How Long Does It Take?

A simple eyebrow shaping can take just 5-7 minutes. Can you even imagine?

How Long Will It Hold My Eyebrow Shape?

The time you can go between appointments will all depend on your hair type and how your hair grows. Re-growth can be anywhere from two to six weeks. Even if your hair grows back faster, it will grow back finer if you get this done repeatedly. The hair follicle will become weakened over time- and for some- hair will not regrow at all!

Unlike waxing, threading can be done as soon as you see the hair. There’s no need to wait until the hair is a certain length.

Benefits of Threading

  • Great for sensitive skin. It’s the best alternative to waxing especially for those who turn red at the thought of removing hair. Unlike waxing, threading doesn’t remove a layer of skin, which can cause excessive redness, scabbing or hyperpigmentation.

If you’re taking a medication or using a skincare product that may cause a problem with waxing, threading may be a safe alternative.

  • Precise shaping. While the technician has to be skilled in their craft and able to understand how you want your brows to look, the technique itself allows for creating clean, well-defined edges.

Threading eliminates removing the inner hairs that we sometimes get carried away with leaving the bare patch when removing hair from the top of the brow. Since hairs are removed individually, the brow can remain precisely shaped but full.

  • Not a lot of chemicals or waste. The only chemicals that may be used are the product(s) to cleanse, prep or soothe skin. There’s hardly any waste beyond throwing away the string- as opposed to the product, strips, and applicators that are tossed in the trash after waxing.

Aftercare Advice for Threading

  • Toner for sensitive skin if redness occurs
  • Calamine lotion
  • Post-waxing lotion
  • No make-up for an hour after threading

Our Master Threading Specialist is available to cater to those who prefer this method of epilation for brows, lip and full face.

Oily Hair Worries!

Oily Hair Worries!

Oily hair is like oily skin. Sometimes that’s just how it is. And other times it’s that way because of the habits we keep. Of course, hair-type also plays a role in how oily strands will appear. All my fine-hair ladies (and I’m sure some with coarser hair too) know the slick hair struggle all too well; we’re constantly trying to find ways to make your hair look less greasy. It’s planning at exactly what time during the day hair needs to be washed so it will still look good during your evening date. It’s trying to avoid touching it and flinching away when others do. It’s extended time in front of the mirror wondering if an up-do is good enough or if today is just a hat-day. But greasy hair tends to be like most other insecurities: It always seems worse on yourself than how others see it.

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Wake up with perfect hair!

Unless you’re blessed with magic hair, getting your strands to look incredible takes major time and effort.

Fortunately, there’s a workaround for mornings when you’d prefer to snooze instead of style: Some crafty chicks are able to work major mane magic before they hit the sack, waking up with amazing hair. Yep, they do their thing pre-Zzzs and jump out of bed refreshed, well rested, and with gorgeous locks. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.

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Benefits of a Kerastase Hair Treatment

Benefits of a Kerastase Hair Treatment

Picture this. You have visited Yemaya Spa & Hair for a simple hair wash and haircut. You are sitting in the basin having had a shampoo and you are asked if you would like to go for a treatment. Fearing the costs incurred in this extra treatment, we most often than not say no to them. However, the reality is if we understood the benefits of hair treatment rituals we’d probably go for them every time the hair stylist asked.

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Benefits of Spray Tanning Treatment

To get a yummy skin makeover, a lot of people spend hours of time in the sun. However, harmful ultraviolet rays of sun attack most of them, when they try to get a darker skin tone under the sun. Many of them get sunburn and other skin related issues. Sunbathing is a great way to get a graceful skin, but it is good only for those who have a strong resistance to face the sun rays. It can bring heaps of disadvantages for those with feeble immunity.

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Importance of Pregnancy Pampering

Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labour and give her nurturing emotional support.

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