Historically, face threading can be traced to the Middle East. The art of threading is said to be as old as 6,000 years. In ancient times, threading was used for several purposes. It was used to signify the marital status of a newly wedded wife, and it was a significant rite of passage from maidenhood to adulthood. In modern days, it has come to be used solely for beautification purposes. It is used to trim excess hairs on the face and eyebrows and create a perfect brow arch. It was also essential to eradicate acne and acute skin irritation.
Threading, although seemingly simple at a glance, involves a lot of technique, training, and practice. The tools for threading are simple; threading requires a strand of cotton or polyester thread which is doubled and consistently twisted or rolled over areas containing excess hair, usually on the face, after such area has been sterilized. The common threading areas usually exclude the arms, legs, and other bodily regions, as threading differs from waxing.
For satisfactory results, experts have employed three effective face threading techniques.. These methods are the hand technique, the mouth technique, and the neck technique. This article will examine detailed information about these techniques.
1. The Hand Technique
The hand technique is also called the hand-to-hand or figure eight method. The threader uses both hands to repeatedly move a looped thread over the area involved. First, a loop is formed by tying the thread; both arms’ fingers are placed on opposite ends of the circle. The finders are opened on one end, and the fingers are closed on the other. This movement creates a contraction of the thread, which provides the much-needed friction to extract the hair.
2. The Mouth Technique
The mouth technique is probably the fastest, most accurate, and most precise face threading technique due to the proximity to the part being threaded. It has also been termed the jaw-clinching technique. Due to its peculiar nature, this method is most suitable when the threader and threaded are the same person. Although professional threaders, with the consent of the threaded person, make use of it frequently. Here, the threader keeps one end of the thread in their mouth and pulls on it while actively throwing their head back to create the friction needed for the extraction.
3. The Neck Technique
Lastly, the neck technique ( around the shoulder technique) entails wrapping some part of a looped thread around the neck or shoulder area and proceeding to extract by continuously tilting the head back. It is easy to see how this technique may be a hassle, especially when a person is not a professional threader or well-versed in threading.
Common threading areas are the brows, upper lip, next, mouth area, jaw area, and mid-brow. It requires considerable skills which are only acquired through requisite practice. As such, you can begin once you have your tools for threading. It is advised that you do not attempt to thread yourself without these skills, as it may lead to acne, rashes, pimples, and other skin irritation.