I had my eyebrows threaded. It’s the closest I’ve come to sewing since 8th grade home economics

by Creative Junkie on November 10, 2009

On the very long list of things that bother me about my body, I’d say my eyebrows probably rank at #17, ahead of my gnarly knuckles which are so big, you can see them from space even without binoculars, but behind my thighs which, while ugly, are at least useful in a HEY, MOM, CAN YOU RUB YOUR THIGHS TOGETHER? WE WANT TO ROAST MARSHMALLOWS AND DINGBAT HERE FORGOT THE MATCHES kind of way.

When I was young, my eyebrows were fine. Actually, I could insert any number of body parts in that sentence and it would still ring true. Even if I italicized the “fine” so as to give each body part that nice OOOOOOOH, BABY, THAT’S SMOKIN’ HOT factor.

Something happened after I turned forty. Everything that was once smoking hot on me just went up in flames. Some smoldered for years prior, like my waist which ran away from home after my first baby and never once sent a postcard to let me know it was alive and living in sin with my thick, glossy hair, and others spontaneously exploded, like my skin which was once smooth and clear and then seemingly overnight, turned into crepe paper.

Over the past several years, my eyebrows have become bipolar. Sometimes they’re calm and rational and sometimes they’re completely manic, as if they just swallowed a bottle of tobasco sauce. More often than not, they’re unpredictable and unruly, just like my children. And no matter what I do to them or how much I scream at them or pluck them or tweeze them or wax them or yank them up by their ankles and try to shake the piss and vinegar out of them, they ignore me.

Are we talking about my eyebrows? Or my children? I forget. Did I mention that my mind was one of the first things to skedaddle when I hit the big 40? Actually, it might have been a lot earlier than that. I can’t remember because my memory ran away right around the same time.

So anyway, I decided that I would get them threaded.

We’re definitely talking about my eyebrows now, not my kids! I think.

Eyebrow threading is a hair removal method that simply uses cotton thread to remove unwanted hair. The thread is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin, entwining the hair and yanking it from its follicles.

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Did you feel that?

That was the gale force wind caused by the men fleeing my blog. All four of them.

Eyebrow threading is popular in large cities like New York City and Los Angeles but I live about three miles north of the middle of nowhere so when I called around for an appointment, I was met with a variety of responses, including: (1) Eyebrow what? Why? Did they fall off?; (2) We don’t have sewing machines here. Is that even legal, what you’re asking?; and my favorite, (3) I think JoAnn Fabrics does it. And you can use their 40% off coupon!

I think eyebrow threading originated in India and the Middle East, but I’m not sure. I’d google it for you but I’m hesitant to set a precedent like that because what’s going to happen if you come to expect that kind of effort from me? I’ll tell you what’ll happen. Everything will go smoothly for awhile and you’ll start thinking I’m one of those really smart people and then you’ll begin to actually depend on me and my plethora of knowledge. Until the day comes when I reveal my true identity as a Google moron and supply you with inaccurate information. So instead of learning how to duct tape a hem and staple on a button so you can get your daughter ready for prom, you’ll unwittingly learn how to hot wire your neighbor’s 1973 Corvette and next thing you know, you’re living in prison, married to some large boned woman named Pete.

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Welcome back, testosteronies! You heard me type 1973 Corvette out loud, right? And there was that faintly whispered implication of women engaging in lesbian sex. Am I right? What is it about owning a y chromosome that makes you so predictable?

So as to avoid the entire prison debacle, I’m going to ignore Google entirely and instead, show you this video where you can be mesmerized by all sorts of threading, including eyebrow, chin and neck:

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That was the sound of testosterone, passing out.

See? Predictable.

Good thing men don’t have babies. We’d simply be a world full of old people.

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eyebrow_threading_before

This is my “before” picture. See what I mean?? Unruly. Disheveled. Whackadoodle-ish. All over the place. Schizoid. Freaky.

I’m talking about my eyebrows, not my myopic eyes or my blotchy skin or the appalling lack of anything remotely resembling foundation, concealer or mascara.

Just in case there was any confusion.

Let’s deal with one catastrophe at a time, shall we?

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eyebrow_threading_after

This is about twenty minutes post-op. The redness faded after about an hour. Unfortunately, the myopic eyes and blotchy skin and appalling lack of anything remotely resembling foundation, concealer or mascara still remain. Even now, eight hours later. Listen, I can only deal with change, no matter how infinitesimal, in microscopic increments, OK?

I can’t really say that it hurt. It depends on your threshold of pain. I happen to have a high threshold of pain. Then again, I’ve lived through the eighties, the breakup of Journey, Cop Rock, two c-sections and three perms, not to mention the fact that I’m currently raising two daughters, one of whom is learning fourth grade math and the other of whom is busy being a teenager. With hormones. Add my mom into the mix and I’m pretty sure you could shoot me at point blank range with a canon and I wouldn’t flinch.

It was a little uncomfortable and kind of felt like I was repeatedly stuffing my eyebrow into a miniature electrical socket with a fork. A little sting, a little twinge. A little yank, a little pull. Up and down. Back and forth. Yank and pull. Up and down. Back and forth.

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Sorry, guys. We’re still talking about eyebrow threading.

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That’s what I thought.

I would definitely do it again. It only took five minutes and if I’m going to pay someone to deforest the northern hemisphere of my face, I much prefer to pay for five minutes of mild discomfort with good results than five minutes of HOLY BALLS OF SATAN hell with mediocre results from having hot melted wax smeared on my eyebrows so that they, together with the first two layers of my epidermis, could be ripped off my face in two inch strips.

The eyebrow threading cost me $12 plus tip which, from what I understand, is a little pricey for this service but when you live in East Bumble and count cows as your closest confidants, you take what you can get.

Now, I should clarify … I don’t think this method of hair removal is recommended for regions south of the border. This is where Google can be your friend. Not mine. Don’t entrust the grooming of your lady garden to me and my Google skills because you could wind up with a roller rink or a chia pet down there. If my fingers are feeling particularly dyslexic, you could also find yourself installing a home theater system in your powder room, complete with a 120 foot high definition TV, a pizza oven and a beer fountain.

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Just like clockwork, I swear.

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Heather T.
Twitter: heather_t_
November 11, 2009 at 1:16 am

Nice eyebrows! Nice focus (in the photo), too!

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Joy November 11, 2009 at 3:16 am

Oh my gosh thank you for the laughs.

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dysfunctional mom November 11, 2009 at 6:05 am

I want to try this, but I’m scared. I can handle needles, tattoos, whatever, but I HATE tweezing. I don’t mind waxing. So, where does the pain fall here, more like waxing or tweezing? I need to know, this is important stuff!

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Janmary, N Ireland
Twitter: Janmary3
November 11, 2009 at 6:44 am

Ouch – too much pain for me….I have a very VERY low pain threshold, despite 3 c/sections and weeks/months of doing the cesarean shuffle!

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Amanda
Twitter: householdsix
November 11, 2009 at 7:03 am

Nope, I’ll still stick to waxing, thanks. Unless you ocme back and say the threading lasted for 3 months.

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stacey@Havoc&Mayhem November 11, 2009 at 8:10 am

I’ve been considering it but can’t find anyplace in 30 miles around that does it. Was it a nail salon or a hair salon that did it?

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Michelle November 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

Nope, you can have the threading all to yourself. Although, very funny story. I have minimal eyebrows, so waxing and such isn’t necessary. All I have to do is pluck a stray here and there and that’s it. I’ve gone over a month without plucking and you can’t tell.
(insert jealousy here)
Hope is lasts longer for you than waxing does.

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Tammy Moore November 11, 2009 at 9:20 am

UGH, 4th grade math! Why can’t they just teach them two-digit multiplication the way we learned?! What’s up with these boxes and adding everything individually??
Back to the eyebrows-looks great! I HATE my eyebrows… they’re an unruly forest no matter how often I tweeze. Hairs keep popping up in other areas! Not sure about the threading, but good for you! :)

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Tess
Twitter: sixfeetunder
November 11, 2009 at 10:39 am

All I can say is, ouch!!!!
It looks good, though!

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Jael Custom Designs November 11, 2009 at 11:07 am

Popping in from SITS!

Ouch! I wax my eyebrows bi-wkly when I get my nails done and I’m so used to doing that I don’t think I’d want to switch. I admire your braveness!

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karen.jersey November 11, 2009 at 11:13 am

I want to try this. I’ve never done anything with my eyebrows. But, they’re so blonde that they’re basically invisible.

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Jenny
Twitter: osvme
November 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

I would never do that to myself, mostly because I don’t like pain. Plus my eyebrows are perfect on their own. xD I’ve never needed to pluck.

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Jenny
Twitter: osvme
November 11, 2009 at 11:24 am

ps: why would you thread your cheeks and forehead. You’ve gotta be pretty damn hairy to do that…

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Bobbie (photomommy629) November 11, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Girl, you crack me up! I could tell you a waxing story or 2!! Maybe they are nightmares??!! LOL I should call around and check out this threading business!

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Jessie November 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm

to funny, I don’t think I ever recovered from Journey breaking up. Seriously they are my 12 year olds favorite band. Don’t ask.

LOL you make me laugh, they have threading places everywhere here. There are Indian salons on every corner Henna tatoos? threading and facials.., first the veitnames conquring the nail industry, and now the indian ladies taking over beauty. .. LOL I swear, the only one that speaks English anymore is the bloke that calls me 10 times a day to get more money out of me.

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kiku November 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

They look good! Our eyebrows possibly share part of a family tree.

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Martha November 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Whew!! NOW I know! LOL! When I read on FB that you were doing this…well you read my reaction I’m sure! Thank GOODNESS it’s not what it sounds! Here in Ky. I’d probably be met with plenty of “Go to JoAnn’s to find that!”! LOL!

I’ve never even had the thought of something like this before I read it on here..now I’ll have to point people to your blog and say “SEE?? It’s REAL”! As for me and threading?? Nope. Not. Never. Ever. I’ll stick with tweezers and trying to find the hairs to pluck! Funny my eyebrows are fairly dark and in the inside light I have trouble finding most strays..to do a good job I’ve gotta have a ton of sunlight.

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Mary November 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm

You look great! Thanks for posting the video – I had tried to picture how this was done and that was very helpful!

And thanks for the laughs!!!!

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Christy November 12, 2009 at 12:19 am

I’ve heard a lot of good things about eyebrow threading, and you’re right, it comes from the middle east.

By the way, you have absolutely gorgeous eyes. I am totally jealous of dark chocolate eyes.

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Lydia Jackson November 12, 2009 at 2:29 am

I too have seriously unruly brows. I have never even heard of this technique but I am completley curious and am gonna see if there is anybody here that does it. Goodness only knows cause I live on an Island in the middle of nowhere. But thanks for sharing I love your writing style. totally entertaining.

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Ruth November 12, 2009 at 2:41 am

Wow – I am impressed by the threading! Have been thinking of getting it done, we take a couple of kids past a threading shop (yep whole shop just for it here in UK!) every Friday and I’ve always fancied having it done! Your eyes look fab, and your eyebrows didnt look hideous before!….but definitely better after, can really see the difference!
Rx

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Cathleen Monique November 12, 2009 at 6:04 am

lol sooo funny! threading is popular here in orlando too. my friend and i actually just watched and instructional youtube video to learn how to do it ourselves cause where we go charges $15.uugghh damn this economy.lol
your eyebrows look great! congrats!

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Sarah November 12, 2009 at 10:48 am

first i’ve ever heard of this..kind of awesome. wonder i I can find someplace around here tht offers this service…

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Dee November 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Maybe it’s my imagination, but in the second photo you seem to have a look of shock in your eyes. I had my eyebrows plucked once, and I wanted to choke the woman who did it. Now I have eyebrows like Andy Rooney but I DO NOT care, because the homicidal thoughts are gone now… ;-)

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Lisa November 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

The brows look great — and what a funny tale to tell. Definitely worth the $12!

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Rhea November 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I only just recently had my eyebrows waxed for the 1st time. I LOVED the results…but I have been truly wondering about the threading and am glad to see how you liked it and if it hurt.

You are also very funny.

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Nina Say
Twitter: Ninasay
November 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I have always wanted to get my eyebrows threaded.

But there is something about sitting down in a chair, in the middle of my mall that makes me nervous.

But your brows look amazing!

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Stan November 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Andy, Andy, Andy,

When are you going to realize Nate loves you – unruly brows and all? Now me – I didn’t see a difference in yours at first look. After taking a peek again, they look great. Smokin’ even. Glad you included the video – as I was reading it I was – “what the hell is she talking about – that’s impossible”.

No man would ever do that – MetroMale or not – we’re too (insert your own reason here).

Stan at Scrappers Workshop

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Everyday Mom Ideas November 13, 2009 at 12:47 am

Your brave… lovely before and afters!

Visiting from SITS

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paula @ Organizing Tips 4 Moms November 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I’ve had my eye brows threaded before and I thought it hurt more than waxing, and for a few days after. $10 at vendor fair in Wisconsin-that was like 4 or 5 years ago. I dont mind waxing but try to stay on top of the tweezing.

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Kasandria Reasoner November 14, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I’ve always wondered how that worked. Thanks for all the information AND the giggles. I just love reading your blog!
Kasandria

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kristin
Twitter: kwr221
November 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm

So, how often do you have to do this? As often as waxing? Last time I h=got waxed, I got REALLY red and in fact I’m still a little red a year later. So, I really don’t want to wax again. I might have to try this threading, I’ve heard good things about it from other people too.

Where did you go?

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Cheryl
Twitter: CherylPeters
November 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I think your eyes are BEAUTIFUL. So gorgeous. :) I’d like to go try to get mine threaded too!

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Kate @ The Shopping Mama
Twitter: TheShoppingMama
November 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I had my eyebrows waxed once a long, long time ago. I much preferred it to waxing and would love to finds someone around here to do it again.

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Elle January 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

Great story. If people are looking for somewhere to get threading done check your local mall. The store may not show up on a google search but you can usually find a threading booth in a mall.

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Deyanira March 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Eyebrow doesn’t heart so much like you think it does.You can just put ice on it or something so it won’t heart.But like they say Beauty Costs the pain

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sinead nield
Twitter: sineadnield
October 26, 2011 at 3:37 am

Well howdy there

Now I don’t usually read blogs, but I have thee most unruley eyebrows and thought that reading someone elses experience might sway me to finally get em sorted after the many years of DIY

Anyhoo so I’m off to get em done today after reading your rather hilarious blog!

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