Guide to Hair Removal – Part 2


Threading is a method of hair removal which is common in Asian, and some Arabic nations – where the practice is occasionally used to remove hair from the entire face. Recently this method has become more popular in western countries. It involves use of a thin cotton thread, that is skillfully twisted and rolled over any areas where hair removal is required. It works on a similar principle as tweezing. Hairs are plucked from the root in a precise way, however, threading can remove an entire row of hairs at a time whereas tweezing only removes one by one.


– Threading can be an effective way to have unwanted hair removed from the brow or upper lip area – but it can be used anywhere that there is unwanted hair growth.

– Because hair is removed from the root this method lasts longer than hair removal creams.

– There is no messy wax or sugaring pastes involved.

– Practitioners are able to be very precise.


Threading can be painful and takes longer than waxing or sugaring as it removes less hair at a time than these methods. You will need to see a professional for threading.


Epilation refers to any method of hair removal that removes the entire hair, from the ‘root’. However, an epilator is a specific device used for this purpose as apposed to other methods (such as threading, waxing, sugaring and tweezing).

Epilators are usually cord free battery operated devices that look much like an electric shaver but work in a very different way. As the device is run over the skin it mechanically grasps each hair in that area and removes it from the root.

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This method may suit those who have tried waxing or sugaring and feel that it is not for them. There is no messy wax or sugaring paste involved and the epilator may be used alone, time and time again with no need for part replacement. As each hair is pulled from the root successful epilation will mean that regrowth can take up to six weeks.


Epilators are painful to use at first and hairs may break off, leaving stubble – however, both of these factors may improve with continued use.