August 2, 2013

The Dos and Don’ts of Eyebrow Threading

It may seem like a simple technique but there are actually dos and don’ts of eyebrow threading that need to be followed carefully in order to create symmetry and aesthetic appeal. When performing eyebrow threading on a client, there are certain important things to keep in mind. Although eyebrow threading has been a part of the beauty regimen of women in South Asia and the Middle East for centuries, it still relies on the skill of the threader to produce beautiful eyebrows. Here are the most important things dos and don’t of eyebrow threading.

Do Mind the Shape of the Face

Eyebrows frame the eyes and should be trimmed based on the client’s facial shape. There is no such thing as one shape of eyebrows that is good for all faces. The slightly angled shape that works so well for someone with an oval face shape, for example, may not be the best choice for someone with a long face because the softly raised brows will make a long face appear longer. Always study the client’s face carefully prior to threading so you know exactly what you need to do.

Do Practice Proper Hygiene and Sanitation

Always clean the client’s face especially the forehead and the eye area before a threading session. This will help clear the skin of any dust, dirt, oil and makeup residue that might stick to the thread. Clean and sanitized skin also helps prevent a possible infection.

As part of your good practice, work with clients only if your hands are clean. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after a threading session and especially between threading sessions on different clients. This will help minimize the risk of spreading any germs or other microorganisms from one client to the next.

Do Use an Anesthetic

Some clients are simply much less tolerant to pain compared to others. A light application of a local anesthetic gel or cream will help prevent discomfort especially for those who will undergo threading for the first time.

Don’t Thread Blindly

If necessary, use a guide to help you create the best shape possible. This will also help prevent unnecessary over- or under-plucking.

Don’t Hold the Thread in Your Mouth

Eyebrow threading is traditionally performed with the thread held between the lips. Although effective, this practice is frowned upon by other practitioners and many clients themselves because of its potential for contamination. In California, for example, holding the thread in the mouth is considered illegal. A better technique would be to secure the thread around your neck so you can hold it steady while working.

Don’t Ignore Your Client

Communicate with your client. Knowing what he or she wants and having a proper understanding about his or her skin care regimen will help you build trust and create a comfortable environment.

Professional eyebrow threading can either create stunning results or difficult to correct disasters. At Avalon.edu, we can train you in understanding the best techniques and tricks to use and the dos and don’ts of eyebrow threading that will help ensure proper execution of technique, desirable results and customer satisfaction.

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