Eyebrow threading is great if you want a sharp, matching eyebrow – but if you like a soft, fluffy look, Vincent says you might want to stick with tweezing. “Tweezing allows to change the core density of the eyebrows, while threading only addresses the hair around the eyebrows,” he added. So while threading can create a primitive look border, it will not fix the density of the eyebrows themselves (you may have to combine it with an eyebrow trim).
And while threading is more precise than waxing, there is nothing more accurate than using a set of tweezers to pull out each individual hair. “Tweezing is more artistic,” Healy says. “It’s a slower process, but you’ve really built the eyebrows in a more efficient way by keeping an eye on symmetry.” Vincent seconded the idea: “Nothing can lose the subtlety of tweezing, because it evaluates how each hair contributes to the overall eyebrow, and does not move the hair in a straight, straight line,” he says.
Now, you’re probably thinking: Which eyebrow service is the most painful? In the end, it all depends on your personal pain tolerance, but people generally find threading less painful than wax. The technician will tighten your skin before each round, which can reduce discomfort. However, threading is not exactly painless: many report burning, tagging effects, especially in thinner, more delicate areas like the top of the lips. “There’s also a risk of skin cuts or damage from pulling on the yarn,” Vincent noted.