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Disadvantages to eyebrow threading

Updated April 17, 2017

Eyebrow threading is now a popular way of removing unwanted eyebrow hairs. This method of hair removal originated in Persia and is widely practised in India and in the Middle East. Eyebrow threading is now readily available in salons and spas, as it is a viable option to eyebrow waxing. It can be used to get rid of unibrows, to reshape your eyebrow or to increase eyebrow arch. Although eyebrow threading is a clean way of removing unwanted hair, it has its disadvantages.

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Depending on the threader's skill and your skin's sensitivity, eyebrow threading may be a painful experience. Eyebrow threading involves using thin cotton thread that is twisted into a double strand. This double strand is used to pull the hair from the hair follicle. Several hairs can be pulled out with one roll of the thread. If you have very thick eyebrows, eyebrow threading will involve more pulling and therefore more chances of feeling pain. A low threshold of pain and sensitive skin may also cause pain sensation.

Undesirable Results

In the hands of an unskilled or inexperienced threader, eyebrow threading can produce undesirable results. There are cases of uneven eyebrows, unmatched eyebrows where one eyebrow seems bigger or thinner than the other, or creating eyebrow arches that are not suitable for your face shape. Eyebrow threading is an art form and it takes a trained practitioner to produce favourable results. Always make sure your threader is a licensed aesthetician (skincare specialist) who is qualified to do the job.


Since eyebrow threading removes hair from its follicle, the hair follicle may get infected. Bacteria may grow in the tiny pockets left by the pulled out hair. The condition is known as folliculitis and it often appear as small, white-headed pimples around one or more hair follicles. They may itch and in mild cases, they will often go away in a few days. Severe folliculitis may result in permanent hair loss and scarring, according to Mayo Clinic.

Allergic Reaction

In some cases, the threader may apply some soothing lotion after threading the eyebrow. The pores are open at this time and if you have sensitive skin, you may develop an allergic reaction to it. To prevent any allergic reactions, make sure any lotion or gel used is hypoallergenic and you are not allergic to the any of the ingredients in it.


Before using eyebrow threading, ask for referrals from people who are happy with the results of eyebrow threading. Finding a skilful practitioner who understands the aesthetic and health aspects of eyebrow threading helps to ensure satisfaction.

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About the Author

Based in San Diego, Calif., Angeline Oppenheimer has been writing health-related articles since 2007. Her articles have appeared in "San Diego Family" magazine and on various websites. She holds a degree in literature and writing studies from California State University, San Marcos.

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