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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tip of the day: Waxing vs Threading.

Ah... the age old question... To wax or to thread? let me start off by saying I'm only a little biased... I have had my face threaded religiously every two weeks for the past 6 years. So you know where i stand...but i am going to try to give you some straight forward facts, as well as the pros and cons for each method, hopefully helping you make the right decision for YOU.

For fairness sake, we will start with waxing. Waxing is great for creating a natural looking brow. As a rule, your esthetician should only remove hairs from under your brow, not on top. Working with what you already have, creates a softer more genuine looking arch. Waxes have come a long way, Most people with sensitive skin no longer react to them the way they used to. Results from waxing usually last between 3-6 weeks, before another treatment is required.

Ok, the cons of waxing...I, along with many others find waxing leaves sensitive skin red and swollen. Not a great look on a little Irish girl...I remember getting my eyebrows waxed and walking through the mall to my car, only to be stopped by a gentleman to ask if i was ok. lol. I must have been a sight. Also, it can be harmful for skin. Waxing can tug, pull, stretch, and even remove the delicate skin on your face, eventually facilitating in the development of wrinkles! Let's face it, we are all getting old fast enough anyways, lets not add fuel to the fire.

Threading originated in India as a form of hair removal. It is performed by holding a taut thread against taut skin and ripping the hair from its root. Ok, I know it sounds painful... and to some people it is ( my mum had it done once, cried, and never did it again.) But I SWEAR to you I am a total wimp... and if it was that bad I wouldn't continue to go back to have it done. The best example I can give is to tell you to go get a rubber band, now have someone pull it tight ( or yourself if you can) and rub it against the back of your hand. That it how I described it to a friend, and its pretty accurate from my experience. Threading is 100% natural, there are no invasive techniques used. The majority of people that breakout from waxing tend to not break out from threading. Also, threading is completely safe and dermatologist-recommended for individuals who are currently using medications like Accutane and Retin-A. Also, for those metro-sexual friends of mine out there ( you know who you are ) waxing gives a nice clean, accurate look. And for the record, there are ALWAYS men ( mainly big, macho guys, come to think of it.) every time I walk into MonaLisa having their face threaded. Even my husband (he's 1/2 Asian, and complains about the coarseness of his facial hair) has considered having it done. Bahahaha SORRY MATT, the cat's out of the bag. Don't bother trying to deny it. Teeheehee. :) On a side note.... right about now my husband is (deeply) regretting supporting me in writing this blog... and I'm in deep shit when he gets home. lol.

Although, just like waxing, some places are more tender to thread than others. For example, I find the sides of my face, near my hairline to be quite tender. I can feel them ripping the hairs out as opposed to just the rubber band feeling. Others say the upper lip can be sensitive. Personally, if you roll your lips into your mouth so the skin around them in tight I find the feeling to be kind of nice... It always makes me feel clean, if that makes sense. Threading will give you a more accurate, yet angular look. It creates a more precise brow/arch than waxing. The thread needs to be held straight, where as wax can be places at a softer angle. I have my whole face threaded for $15 before tip, at a Salon called MonaLisa on 50th and Fraser in Vancouver. Yes, I know that's way the hell out there... but ask anyone who has been threaded and they will tell you... if you find a good place, stick with them. I have lived all over the GVRD in the past few years and have learned that lesson the hard way. Case & point: One day I went to have my face done at a new place I discovered, a convenient 5 minutes from my house. When I came home my husband took one look at me, and asked me what I had done to my "face". NICE. You know its bad when..... Needless to say, my eyebrows were non existent. So before you go out and pick a place, make sure it comes highly recommending from someone you trust. Or you maybe filling in (what's left) of your brows, circa 1995, for a good, long while. :)

Cons to Threading ( as promised ), as I said above, it can be painful. But just like anything else, continued use will render it no more than an irritation. I do not recommend threading for anyone with naturally thin eyebrows. Threading will give you a nicely shaped brow, but if there isn't much to work with... stick to tweezing or waxing for now, until they grow in. The last thing you want is to walk away from your appointment with the odd tuft of hair where your brows used to be... sorry :(

ok.... so to sum it all up.... Its basically up to you.... but those are the facts. (sort of) :)

One last time, the threading place I recommend if your going to give it a shot is MonaLisa Hair Salon. 1-6604 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC 604 322 9511. No appointment needed, just walk right in. Ask for Asha ( she is the owner ) and tell her Lisa sent you. The entire process ( full face) takes about 6 min. Just eyebrows... about 2.5 min. They are awesome!

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