Eyebrow Waxing vs Threading – Which is Better?

By Deana D.| Last updated on November 2, 2023

What are the benefits of eyebrow waxing vs threading? Is one better than the other? Read the full article and find out!

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Eyebrow waxing vs threading: the age-old question.

Both are equally popular, especially since the social media brow space is filled to the brim with satisfying videos and stunning results!

One involves the use of an eyebrow thread and a skilled set of hands, while the other involves the use of hot or cold wax and paper strips, plus some swift pulling movements.

The result in either case – a nicely shaped pair of eyebrows and some minor skin redness.

In this article, we’ll tackle the difference between eyebrow threading and waxing, focusing on the results, side effects, and aftercare. So, let’s get started!

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Eyebrow Waxing vs Threading – How It’s Done

As you can already tell, the main difference between these two methods is how they’re performed. Although their purpose is the same, there are some key differences in how well they work and the risks that they may present.

For threading, a cotton thread is twisted and rolled over the hair, removing it from the follicle. The skin isn’t affected pretty much at all.

On the other hand, waxing isn’t much different from any other wax-based hair removal method.

It involves a thin layer of warm or cold wax applied over the unwanted hair and a cloth or paper strip to attach to it. After a moment, the strip is quickly pulled off, along with the wax and the hair.


Benefits of Threading vs Waxing

When it comes to the benefits of these two grooming methods, you’ll quickly see that threading has the upper hand.

Although waxing is arguably less painful thanks to the swift removal in which the discomfort only lasts for a few seconds, there is still a risk of a burn or allergic reaction.

On the other hand, threading doesn’t involve any chemicals or heat, making it a gentler alternative. It’s also more precise, as the aesthetician has more control over the thread, while wax can spill onto another surface.

Lastly, we have to mention that threading is far neater – there is zero cleanup involved, while wax can leave stains on your clothes and requires extra caution or clean-up.

Learn more about the benefits of eyebrow threading here.

Results of Eyebrow Threading vs Waxing

As we already mentioned, threading is more precise. But, waxing leaves behind a smoother surface. Threading also gives you more natural-looking results, since it’s nearly impossible to achieve a perfectly straight line.

Of course, if that’s what you’re going for, you can still get the look by combining threading with other methods, such as brow shaving or brow sugaring that don’t involve any harsh chemicals either.

Whichever method you choose in the end, some touchups with a pair of tweezers will be necessary as no bulk-removal technique will give you the perfect amount of control. Your aesthetician will have to go in with scissors as well to manage particularly long hairs.

eyebrow waxing vs threading before and afterImage source: Instagram @brows_and_beauty_by_anik

Side Effects of Brow Threading vs Waxing 

Neither threading nor waxing poses a lot of potential side effects. Still, the side effects of waxing are far more dangerous as they include a possibility of a burn if the wax is used too hot or the skin is over-exfoliated.

With threading, the biggest concern is ingrown hairs since the method involves no exfoliation. Thankfully, the risk can be avoided if you exfoliate your brows separately from their grooming.

Other, smaller, and more common side effects are the same for both methods. They involve:

  • Redness,
  • Irritation,
  • Temporary discomfort,
  • Swelling (although not as common).

These side effects are known to fade away quickly, usually lasting for only a few hours. If they persist, however, they may be an indication of an allergic reaction to the brow wax and require immediate medical attention.

Aftercare for Threading vs Waxing 

Brow threading is winning over waxing in the aftercare department as well simply because threading requires zero downtime. After you’re done, you can apply makeup and go about your regular skincare routine immediately.

The only thing to keep in mind is that you should avoid direct sunlight and harsh exfoliation for around 24 hours.

After waxing, you’ll need to avoid hot showers and saunas on top of the sun and exfoliation, and for makeup and skincare products, you’ll have to wait at least a few hours.

If you’re dealing with any of the common side effects of either treatment we talked about in the past section, you can soothe the discomfort, irritation, and redness using a simple aloe gel.

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Does Eyebrow Threading Last Longer Than Waxing?

No, and this is perhaps the only advantage waxing has over threading.

When using wax (or sugar, which is a healthier alternative) for any type of hair removal, you’re pulling the hair out from its root which contributes to much longer-lasting results.

On average, this is how long it’ll be before you need another appointment:

  • 2-4 weeks for threading
  • 2-6 weeks for waxing.

As you can see, they can last for the same amount of time in some cases. So, if you already know that your hair grows exceptionally fast, we’d advise you to go for the safer and more precise method and opt for waxing.

Does Eyebrow Threading Hurt More Than Waxing?

Unfortunately, we can’t give you a straight answer here – it all depends on your personal pain threshold.

Brow threading is considered less painful as it involves mild pain for the duration of the entire appointment. This pain is similar to the pain you feel when tweezing your brows.

On the other hand, waxing involves stronger pain, but only for a moment. The sharp pain you’ll feel when your tech pulls off the strip can be pretty bad, especially if you’re generally sensitive or this is your first time waxing anything and don’t know what to expect.

Either way, both types of discomfort get better with time. So, the longer you’ve been grooming your brows in any way, the less uncomfortable you’ll be during the appointment.

woman getting eyebrow threading treatmentImage source: Instagram @retreat_hairandbeauty_

Is Threading Better for Sensitive Skin?

Yes! It comes as no surprise that threading is coming out on top once again.

As we already talked about, threading only requires a cotton thread, meaning there is no risk of a heat- or chemical-related injury or irritation.

There is also no contact with the skin, as the thread only touches the hair. The only risks are associated with the motion of the hair being pulled out.

Threading is also more precise, meaning that the practitioner will have no problems avoiding an especially sensitive spot or accidentally removing any skin along with the hair.

Finally, it’s important to remember that wax leaves a residue, which will require additional friction to remove using an oil or similar product.

Which Is Better for At-Home Grooming, Waxing or Threading?

Threading, by a mile, even if it is a bit more complex and takes more practice.

For all the reasons we listed above, we’d definitely advise you to go with threading over waxing, although waxing can also be done at home.

To thread your own brows, you’ll want to:

  • Prepare the thread – make it about 24 inches long and tie the ends together to create a loop.
  • Shape your eyebrows by brushing your eyebrows and identifying the hairs you want to remove. Use an eyebrow pencil to mark the areas you want to shape.
  • Thread the hair. Hold the thread loop with both hands and twist it several times to create a twisted section in the middle.
  • Position the twisted section over the hair you want to remove and open and close your fingers to create a scissor-like motion. The hair will get caught in the thread and be pulled out as you move.

With some practice, you’ll become a real pro at it – it just takes a little bit of time. But, other than that, you’ll also need a spool of good brow thread!

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Eyebrow Waxing vs Threading – Main Takeaways

Both eyebrow waxing and threading have been popular brow hair removal treatments for centuries in many different cultures around the world. To this day, it’s almost impossible to tell which one will give you better, longer-lasting results.

Still, we’ve expressed a preference toward threading, so let’s revise all the reasons why we’re so convinced that threading is the better option:

  • There’s less pain involved,
  • It’s gentler for sensitive skin,
  • There’s no heat, chemicals, or any residue involved,
  • You’ll get precise results.

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