Salon procedures: Threading


Threading is an ancient Eastern method of hair removal, using a twisted piece of thread to remove unwanted hair at the root, explains Erentia du Plessis, head of training at Imbalie Beauty. “Threading has been used for centuries in the East, but has only recently been discovered by the rest of the world and is now popular in the beauty industry.”


It’s a hair-removal method that tweezes the hair from the root with a twisted piece of thread. It involves making a loop with a thread and twisting it a couple of times. The thread is placed on the skin with light pressure on areas with unwanted hair, and hair is efficiently removed with the twisting method. The most important rule to threading is that the client must support the area being threaded – failure to support will result in cutting the skin.


Less sensitivity (can use it on sensitive skins)
Exclusive (only in certain salons)
Cost-effective (uses thread)
More precise
No product wasting (such as the discarding of used wax)
Smaller, finer hair can be targeted (do not have to wait for hair to grow long, as with waxing)
Can use on clients that are on accutane or cortisone
Does not cause ingrown hair


Hard to find a beauty therapist who does threading
Can be painful, but the sensation is similar to waxing and tweezing
Folliculitis (bacterial infection of the follicle)
Skin reddening and puffiness due to the pressure of the thread, but it will subside quickly
Sometimes slight lifting of the skin


It is suitable for all skin types, and especially sensitive skin. A greater area can be treated than with tweezing.

By Elsa Kruger