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Ooh - I've just learnt how to thread - and it's berluddy brilliant!

(41 Posts)
blabalalalablabla Sat 28-May-11 20:36:58

I've never had threading done before and had run out of wax and thought I'd give threading a go so looked up some tutorials on youtube and thought it looked pretty straightforward.

It's bloody brilliant - it took about 10 mins to get the hang of it (I might get some thinner cotton) and then I was off - 'tache is no more and I discovered fluff where I never knew it existed - why didn't my friends tell me about my bumfluff side burns grin

Anyway - I had to come and post about how easy it was before I threaded my entire face off as it's scarily addictive grin

TattyDevine Sat 28-May-11 20:38:08

Good for you! I once tried to learn by looking on youtube but it looked too hard so I didn't even get some cotton out. Hmmm maybe I'll have another go <<not to be outdone>>

thisisourtime Sat 28-May-11 20:38:11

Link pleeeease!

dexter73 Sat 28-May-11 20:38:19

Is everyone in your house going to be completely bald soon?!

blabalalalablabla Sat 28-May-11 20:47:09

Here you go!

Yes - I fear for my cats...

blabalalalablabla Sat 28-May-11 20:48:46

I found that I needed a smaller loop of thread - probably about the width of my hands together - any longer and I felt that I didn't have enough control over the thread - perhaps as you get more proficient you can have a longer piece of thread?

Bumperlicioso Sat 28-May-11 21:07:18

Can you do your own eyebrows?

hadagutsfull Sat 28-May-11 21:08:49

I've had threading done before and been pleased with the results but didn't think I'd be able to do it myself. I've had a look at the video & it looks so easy I'm tempted to get the cotton out! Just had a glass of wine though so maybe it would be better to wait .... unless it would deaden any pain ...

hadagutsfull Sat 28-May-11 21:11:16

It's no good I can't resist having a go. Just off to find some cotton! Will come back & let you know what happens.

iEmbarassedMyself Sat 28-May-11 21:16:41

yy off to find some cotton, but mine could do with a proper shaping again, so I'm worried about... you know, taking off my eyebrow confused
will try it tomorrow when less drunk! <marksplace>

blabalalalablabla Sat 28-May-11 21:23:55

Yes - report back hadagutfull.

I did my top lip, then chin, then sideburns, then had a go at tidying up my eye brows. I'd only recently plucked them but threading did really tidy them up - and picked up lots of little hairs I didn't know were there.

My top tip is to work in towards the middle of your face - so you are threading into the growth of the hair iyswim.

blabalalalablabla Sat 28-May-11 21:25:14

And it wasn't particularly painful either - had heard about it making your eyes water and it really wasn't anything like that.

iEmbarassedMyself Sat 28-May-11 21:40:50

Alright, I had a go!
It took me about 3 pieces of string until I finally managed to 'get' it, I needed much smaller than I was initially using - v small piece of thread.
I found the biggest problem I had was twisting my hands around to move the thread in a different direction iykwim, when I should have just been... well, moving my hands, not twisting them and the string. My right eyebrow was more difficult and I still didn't quite get it, I don't know what I was doing wrong but it felt quite strange to pull the thread << that way instead of >> that way for the left iykwim, so I just tried threading the right >> this way like I did the left, and it did hurt eye-wateringly, though the left eyebrow didn't.
The knot I tied in initially was moving about (to do with the twisting hands?) and that caused a bit of trouble, so I just got a new piece of thread rather than try and sort all the knots out. I definitely didn't need 7 twists, I used 4 and found it a bit easier.

hadagutsfull Sat 28-May-11 21:46:59

I take my hat off to you blabala - all this time and I only managed to remove about 4 eyebrows! And they were long ones from the top of my brow if you know what I mean. How on earth do you get the little ones?

I managed to get the cotton a length that felt controllable, and practised moving the knots back & forward, but applying that to my face was another matter! Tried to have a go at my tache and chin but failed miserably, I just couldn't get the cotton to go the right way to grip the hairs! Think maybe I will try again tomorrow before I have any wine. DS was staring at me the other day and then said "Whoa! You've got a shit load of hair on your face!" Nice .... but true, sadly. I've been removing hair since I was about 12 years old but now I'm a lady of a certain age it seems a never ending battle.

Off to pour another glass of wine and resume trying again tomorrow.

hadagutsfull Sat 28-May-11 21:50:16

You did better than me iEmbarrassed! I know what you mean about twisting your hands, I was getting in a right mess. Even managed to get my hair caught up in it somehow at some point! Maybe practice makes perfect ...

blabalalalablabla Sat 28-May-11 21:59:55

well done for both giving it a go - perhaps it depends on the thickness of the cotton. The cotton I was using was quite thick - although I thought I'd try a thinner cotton next time.

I did find it a bit tricky at first working out which way my hands went - I found it much easier doing my right hand side of my face - I'm right handed so perhaps that made a difference.

I didn't aim for any particular hairs - just threaded all over the area and it seemed to pick up lots of invisible ones as well as the darker ones that I could see.

Have drawn a handy diagram of direction to thread below:

>>>> eye eye <<<<

>>>> mouth <<<<

With my tache I found that if I stuck my tongue under the area I was threading it really made it much easier. I think I had about 7-8 twists on my thread.

I too am blessed with ridiculous amounts of hair everywhere - finally gave in to bikini waxing after dd said 'why is your bottom so hairy' shock grin

blabalalalablabla Sat 28-May-11 22:02:33

I think perhaps it must be to do with how close you hold the thread to the skin. I think I had it about a mm above my skin so just above it so catch all the smaller hairs.

hadagutsfull Sat 28-May-11 22:06:33

Will definitely try again tomorrow blabala - thanks for the diagram. I tried sticking my tongue under my lip but i did use my epicare thingy his morning so maybe I need to wait a day or two. Love the bikini waxing comment - have just snorted my wine over it! Out of the mouths of babes eh? grin

TattyDevine Sun 29-May-11 08:15:09

I did it, I did it! <<prances round room>>

Thank you OP! Your video was much better than various ones I looked at.

I took to it quite well actually the only thing I would say is my cotton doesn't "glide" well - it has a slight tendencey to sort of catch or drag on itself (the point where the twists are moving against each other) - I probably just need better cotton!

I had my actual eyebrows threaded the other day by a proper Indian lady so I've been doing my tache instead (which isn't really a tache but there are little golden hairs there which aren't bad enough to pay to get done but good enough to practice on!)

hmmSleep Sun 29-May-11 08:33:42

Oooh, going to try this later, I've lost my tweezers!

QuincyMincemeat Sun 29-May-11 09:52:23

<weeps> this is going to change my life. <over reacts slightly>

seriously though, I spend 13 quid getting my 'tache done.
The video is brilliant and it's really easy to get the hang of.

Thanks so much bla <snog>

<Strokes smooth top lip>

JackieNo Sun 29-May-11 10:22:08

Blimey - that's impressive! I've just had a go on my tache, and it was fine - bit of redness, but not too much. But I'll leave doing more for an evening, when it's got overnight to calm down. Thank you for that link - I've never had anything threaded, and I'm still not sure about doing my eyebrows, but I'm definitely going to be able to do the rest of my face [bearded lady emoticon].

LowLevelWhiiingeing Sun 29-May-11 10:28:56

GAH! I've tried and tried and tried and I CAN'T DO IT!!


I can't if I get the thread in the right position I can't move it properly and vice versa.


blabalalalablabla Sun 29-May-11 13:02:49

Brilliant - glad some more of you have had a go too

Lowlevel - have you tried doing it on your cheek or other flat surface to get the hand of it - try your thigh for practice? How many twists have you done? Perhaps if you have less twists it might glide more easily?

<snogs Quincy back> I don't think you are over-reacting - it will actually change my life - so easy and quick to do - and no more faffing about with wax, trying to book appts at the beauticians etc.

Tatty - my cotton doesn't glide particularly well either - the only cotton we had in the house was more of a darning thread so I used that instead of waiting patiently til the shops opened to buy some more grin

Jackie - I reckon once you get the hang of it you'll easily be able to do your eyebrows.

LowLevelWhiiingeing Sun 29-May-11 13:59:25

Are you suggesting I have hairy cheeks?? shock <puts bag over head>

I did 8 twists, I'll try 6 and practice on my hairy thighs.

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