The first time I ever had any kind of shaping done to my brows, I got them waxed at a local salon. I figured that it would be quicker than tweezing, and I decided that I’d rather have a few short rips than a million single hairs pulled, one at a time. What I didn’t think about was the fact that waxing removes the top layer of your skin, which in my case, left noticeably lighter patches above and below my brows. Embarrassing? Yes. From then on, I tweezed them myself at home, but after a tweezer-happy session that left me with one brow shorter than the other, I was too scared to do anything other than clean up stray hairs. My junior year of college, I ran into a girl that had AMAZING eyebrows… they were perfect. Sharp, clean lines, and a great arch… eyebrow perfection. I asked her how she did them, and she told me about a procedure I had never heard of before – threading. Ever since, I’ve been getting mine threaded, and I love love love the results.
I started going to AnjuThreads after I began going to James Brown for haircuts. (for more info about James, see my Hair Journey/Regimen post). Ironically, I learned about James while talking to a girl in the waiting room of the threading salon I used to go to, and I found Anju while walking to my first appointment. Anju’s business has grown since I first met her, moving from just Anju threading clients in a tiny space on 10th Street to a much larger space on Walnut Street with 2 additional threaders on staff. I’ve had my eyebrows done by all three women, and they each have their own style:
- Anju – The most gentle of the three, and takes her time with each brow to create the perfect shape. I’d recommend her if you’ve never gotten threaded before.
- Dimple – A little faster than Anju, Dimple does excellent work cleaning up stray hairs that have grown in since the last appointment.
- Yatika – The speediest of the group! Yatika is able to take one quick look at you and determine what the best shape for your face is. You can be in and out in 10 minutes.
The faster a threader is, the more painful it can be, but keep in mind that you’ll have to endure it for a shorter amount of time, so the time/pain level evens out.
After finishing my blowout series on Youtube, I started thinking about other things I could do for my channel, and Anju was at the top of my list. My intention was to try to answer some common questions about threading, and also show clear before/after results for people that are curious about the procedure.
Threaders: Anju, Yatika & Dimple
1126 Walnut Street
- Don’t be afraid to be firm with what you want done to your brows. If you want to leave them full, say that. If you want them to be just a little thinner, say that. You’re more likely to get the results you want if you’re clear with the threader.
- Ask for a mirror, and check the progress often. This way you can make sure that the threader is on track with what you want.
- If you don’t feel comfortable with a particular threader, ask to see a different one. Comfort can make all the difference.
- It’s helpful if you bring in pictures of a eyebrow shape that you like. Your threader can use what you have to either duplicate or come very close to the picture.
- I don’t recommend going to the threading stalls in malls. I had a terrible experience where I asked for my brows to be cleaned up and the woman literally reduced them by half… I was in tears. If you know someone that can recommend a particular threader to you, then go ahead, but don’t just sit down and let anyone go open season on you.