One time when I was about 16 years old I was getting a pedicure at a nail salon when the tech asked me “You want eyebrow?” (as in eyebrow waxing) I told her no thanks to which she replied bluntly, “You need it.” I had no clue how to tweeze my eyebrows so I didn’t do it and here was this woman telling me my brows are a hot mess. Obviously I agreed and have been grooming my brows via waxing, threading, and tweezing ever since. You’re probably familiar with waxing and tweezing, so let’s talk about eyebrow threading.
Eyebrow threading is similar to eyebrow waxing in that you are removing hairs in order to groom and shape your brows for a more polished look. The person doing the threading uses a string or thread that they double and then twist. The person doing the threading holds the string in both hands and hold the loose end of the string in their teeth to pull it taught. They then roll the twisted part over the eyebrow hairs they are removing which snatches the hairs they are removing by plucking the hair out (similar to tweezers) at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, they can remove several hairs at once. Here’s what it looks like:
For part of the threading process the person doing the threading will also ask you to put your hands on your own face to hold the skin taught so they can be very precise. Threading is not painless, but I think compared to a typical eyebrow wax this experience was less painful. When you get your eyebrows threaded they will ask you what shape you want and most people say “I just want them cleaned up a bit”. I asked to keep mine more full (less maintenance) with a little bit more definition in my arch.
Before Eyebrow Threading and Tinting
(Lipstick is Colourpop in Frida)
In this picture I have my brows filled in with ColourPop brow pencil in Dope Taupe and I tried to conceal how unkempt they were by putting pressed foundation powder on my brow bone directly beneath my eyebrows so they don’t look too bad here. What I’m trying to say is, I do not wake up like this.
Best Eyebrow Threading Salon in LA
Last week my brows had gotten to the point of needing professional help so i turned to Yelp and found an excellent place to get them done. I went to Aruna Threading Studio which has 5 stars from 241 reviews, is within walking distance from my apartment, and only costs $7 for eyebrow threading! I usually pay double for that!!
I walked in on a Saturday and had to wait less than 5 minutes and the woman finished my brows in maybe 3 minutes? So fast and easy with minor pain! Before starting my eyebrows the woman wiped off my makeup on and around my eyebrows with Witch Hazel toner (great for skin) and then she threaded them. Aruna Threading Studio is open Monday through Saturday 11am-7pm and Sundays from 11am-5pm and it’s located at 6729 Hollywood Blvd Ste 1/4 p(323) 335-6374. It’s in a little alley off of Hollywood Blvd. follow the signs that say “Artisan’s Patio”.
Benefits of Eyebrow Threading
- No wax required which can burn you or irritate your skin!
- If you use Retin-A (which you should for anti-aging and acne) you can’t wax your eyebrows because your skin is too fragile, but you can get your eyebrows threading because threading only pulls on the hair, not the skin!
- They didn’t rub a cotton ball with baby oil over my brows after they were finished which every place I’ve ever had my brows waxed at has done and causes me to break out 100% of the time. At Aruna Threading Studio they had Witch Hazel toner and aloe very gel- both are nice and gentle on skin.
- More precise then waxing.
- No chemicals!
- Less painful then waxing and tweezing.
- Lasts about 2-4 weeks.
Currently big, bold, beautiful brows are in, but not everyone is blessed with brows that can be seen without makeup (hello my fellow blondes!) so sometimes you have to fake it a bit. I have been filling in my eyebrows regularly for about 3-4 years now (yeah a little late to the game, my brow denial runs deep), but I thought how nice would it be to have them tinted so I would actually wake up with eyebrows! While at Aruna Threading Studio I saw a sign on the wall that said they offered brow tinting for $20 which was perfect because I had been wanting to try it so I took the plunge and I’m glad I did. To tint my eyebrows the woman (after threading) carefully painted on the eyebrow tint and I sat with it on for about 10 minutes. The tint did not burn or smell and my skin didn’t have any reactions to it. The woman told me it’s specifically made for tinting eyebrows, but wasn’t giving up too much more information. I tried to ask “I personally don’t have sensitive skin, but do OTHER people with sensitive skin sometimes get irritation from this” and she basically said “no you’re going to be fine” so I have no clue if this is ok for sensitive skin or not. Here’s me cooking with the brow tint on (she told me that she was going to go a little outside my brows to make them more full, but not to worry the tint on my skin will come off pretty quickly from washing my face):
Here’s me after getting them tinted and sweating/shopping at the Hollywood and Highland Center for a while:
After Eyebrow Threading and Tinting
This is what it looked like without any filling in- no pencil or powder. So remember what I said about how there might only be one color? I will say that in this picture this color definitely looks a bit warm on me (looks a little red/orange while I have more ashy undertones in my hair), but I swear in person it blends with my hair great. Monday morning when I was trying to get my makeup done as fast as possible, I was so grateful to just put some Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel through my brows and go (no filling in!) I’m really loving them and would definitely do it again. They told me it lasts about 2 weeks.
Four Days After Eyebrow Threading and Tinting
(I’m wearing ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip Color in Molly)
I got them done on Saturday and here is me today on Wednesday and in this picture they definitely look more similar to my ashy undertones. I only have Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel in them again and there are a few tiny spots I could fill in, but they’re a lot more defined then they typically are without makeup so I love it.
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