When making the comparison threading vs waxing, we’re mainly speaking of two of the most popular facial hair removal methods.
Waxing is more widely known is Western cultures but threading is becoming increasingly popular, too.
I just have to say this from the start:
They’re both great, with some similarities and differences.
I’m going to talk in-depth about those and then you can decide which one would be more suitable for you.
There are so many methods to get rid of unwanted facial hair (facial razors, tweezing, epilators, the Bellabe, laser hair removal and electrolysis, sugaring, and even depilatory creams for face) but today, let’s focus on threading vs waxing.
What Is Threading?
Women across the globe constantly search for methods to prolong the absence of hairs from their beautiful faces.
That’s actually an ancient concern, the modern woman doesn’t have a monopoly on it.
Threading was firstly used in ancient times in Persia, China, and India.
It gets its name from the cotton thread that is used to pull and twist the hairs and then remove them from their follicles.
It’s fantastic that a simple cotton thread can pull hairs from their root, just like waxing and epilators do.
It is primarily known for being a method to beautifully and perfectly shape eyebrows but it can be actually used on the entire face: upper lip, sideburns, cheeks.
It’s highly recommend for those with sensitive skin as it is less irritating than waxing.
Also makes threading a better facial hair removal method for those who suffer or have suffered from breakouts.
Threading vs Waxing Eyebrows
- is an incredibly method for shaping eyebrows – I might say that it’s actually the best and it should be an experience that everyone should enjoy at some point
- it’s not painful
- very fast
- the price can be anywhere from $5 to $20 to $30
- especially great for people with sensitive skin
- it’s very fast
- if the professional is experienced, the shape can be spectacular
- the hardest thing is finding a good professional
- it tends to be a bit less accurate than threading
- can also be done at home
- it can be a bit intimidating if you think about it – a wrong pull or too much wax in a place and the shape of your eyebrows can be ruined
When I was in high school I stumbled over a beauty salon that had an amazing threading professional and it was an amazing experience.
It was just as great having my eyebrows waxed. And it’s just as good and the shape just as beautiful when my eyebrows are tweezed.
I love all three.
Waxing is incredibly quick.
Threading is fast, too.
Shaping eyebrows with a pair of tweezers takes the longest.
Threading vs Waxing Upper Lip Hair
What we call peach fuzz, actually known as vellus hair, after puberty, can evolve into terminal hair.
That’s actually the one that’s bothering us, the one that becomes noticeable even from a distance because it turns darker, a bit longer, and thicker.
As they get older, it’s very usual for women to get terminal hairs among peach fuzz, especially on areas like the sideburns and chin.
Peach fuzz can be annoying, too, especially for women like me who have dark hair.
In my case, it’s increasingly becoming more noticeable over the last few years – on my cheeks, my sideburns, and the jaw a bit.
It’s attacking me on all fronts.
There aren’t many women, including teenagers, who don’t remove their upper lip hairs.
The upper lip is the facial area that first gets terminal hairs and the majority of us end up searching for a hair removal method for the upper lip in our teenage years, as we barely enter high school.
The matter with waxing vs threading upper lip hair is simple:
- if you want to remove your upper lip hair at home then waxing is the answer – simply get some waxing strips and you’re ready to go, you will be done in a few minutes in the comfort of your home and it’s all pretty affordable
If you decide to choose this route, there are a few things you need to know, I’ve written everything I know about facial waxing strips. I have a plenty of years of experience with them. For the past few years I’ve switched to using an epilator on my upper lip.
- threading is especially recommended to those who have sensitive skin and suffer from breakouts – it can minimize the risk of breakouts but you still need to take care of the skin immediately after a session (apply an aloe vera gel, a nourishing facial cream, your usual acne treatment)
- you cannot do it at home, you need to find a threading salon
- the price for threading upper lip hair can be anywhere between $5 and $30
Threading vs Waxing: What Both Methods Have in Common
Why are we talking about waxing vs threading?
Because these methods are really similar.
Both remove hairs from the root, unlike razors or hair removal creams which both handle the hairs only at the surface of the skin.
Thus, both these methods offer pretty nice results:
Hair-free skin for about two weeks for waxing and for about three to four weeks for threading.
Both facial hair removal methods can be used to remove hairs from the entire face:
- upper lip
Threading is mostly correlated with the shaping of the eyebrows but it can be used on the rest of the face, too.
After waxing or threading, you should always moisturize.
If you have really sensitive skin use an aloe vera gel. It soothes the irritated skin, the redness will go away faster, and there’s less risk of breakouts.
Last but not least,
Both can cause breakouts.
It’s not that common but it happens to some women, especially to those who have suffered from acne in the past.
If you have had zits in the past, it’s best to try threading first because it’s gentler on the skin.
Threading vs Waxing: Which Are the Main Differences
You might think that the main difference is that one uses wax while the other uses a simple cotton thread but that’s not it.
At least not from my point of view.
The main waxing vs threading difference is: waxing can be performed at home using either cold facial waxing strips (anyone can handle them) or hard wax if you’re experience with at-home waxing kits.
For threading, you need a beauty salon. It cannot be done at home all by yourself.
I used to use facial wax strips for my upper lip but I couldn’t imagine threading my eyebrows or any other part of my face all on my own at home.
But here’s the kicker:
Threading is more preferable than waxing because it’s not damaging the skin at all.
Only hair are pulled and twisted with a cotton thread, there’s nothing sticking to or pulling the skin.
That’s why, threading is highly recommended for women with sensitive skin.
At-Home Facial Waxing: My Top 2 Recommendations
If you wanted to remove facial hair using wax there are two options:
- cold facial wax strips – they are really easy to use, cheap, and not messy
- hard wax kits – it’s a bit difficult in the beginning until you get the right temperature but it’s a great solution if you want to use the same kit for face and body hair removal – it’s not worth the hassle just for facial hair removal but if you plan on using it on the body, too, then go for a good one
1. Veet Facial Hair Remover Cold Wax Strips
They’re one of the cheapest.
But also one of the best cold facial wax strips.
Before starting to use my epilator to remove unwanted facial hair, these were the strips that I used for years.
The package contains 10 double strips and 4 wipes for removing the residues.
The wipes are really good and you can use the same 2-3 times so don’t throw it out, just put it back in its package to prevent it from drying out.
Don’t use them to shape your eyebrows, you don’t want to make a mistake.
They can be used between the eyebrows but grabbing a pair of tweezers is much faster.
The Veet Facial Hair Remover Cold Wax Strips can be used on the entire face.
How to use cold facial wax strips on the upper lip:
- take a double strip and warm it between your hands by rubbing them
- pull the strip apart
- apply it in the direction in which the hairs are growing
- don’t apply it on the whole upper lip, just on half
- massage the strip a bit so that the wax sticks to the hairs
- breath in and pull in the opposite direction in which the hairs are growing in a swift move without any hesitation, hold the skin taut (stretched) by applying pressure with your free hand on the corners of the mouth
- if the strip is pulled quickly there’s should be much wax residue left behind and almost all the hairs should be pulled from the root
- in the beginning, use a pair of tweezers to remove the hairs left behind – as the skin gets used to the shock you can apply the strip a second time on the same area
- use cleaning wipes to remove the residues or any type of oil
- moisturize after and use an aloe vera gel if you’re really sensitive and your acne treatment if you have one to prevent further breakouts
The process is the same on any other area of the face, it’s very important to pull the wax quickly.
2. Gigi Brazilian Waxing Kit
The Gigi Brazilian waxing kit has one big advantage: it can be used to remove hairs from the body as well as the face.
It’s an excellent alternative to threading if you can’t find a beauty salon that specializes in threading.
This one is for sure one of the best at-home waxing kits.
The kit is a bit expensive but after that you only need to replace the hard wax so you spend a bit more money in the beginning but after that it’s a lot more affordable.
Salon waxing for the whole body can be outrageously expensive.
The Gigi Brazilian waxing kit contains:
- wax warmer
- Gigi Brazilian Hard Wax 14 oz
- 1 pre-epilation oil
- 1 post wax cooling gel,
- 10 small accu edge applicators and 10 large accu edge applicators
In order to remove the residues use baby oil.
The pre-epilation oil won’t work, it acts as a moisturizer.
I also like the Gigi Brazilian at-home waxing kit because there’s no need for muslin strips. Muslin strips are only used for soft wax.
You let the wax to harden on the skin and then you pull it directly with the fingers.
As long as the temperature of the wax is good and you pull it quickly, then you shouldn’t have any problems in removing almost all the hairs from the first application.
Threading vs Tweezing
If you find someone that knows what they’re doing with a pair of tweezers, you can get some stunningly shaped eyebrows.
But that’s where this method stops being useful.
If we were to compare threading vs tweezing, the big difference would the that threading is a lot faster because it can catch a bunch of hairs and remove them from the root while tweezers pull hairs individually.
That simple cotton thread, double and twisted, offers more defined and precise shape for the eyebrows.
Threading is fantastic for shaping eyebrows but a pair of tweezers can be just as phenomenal.
It all depends on who handles the instrument, whether it’s a pair of tweezers or a cotton thread.
What About Other Facial Hair Removal Methods?
In this post on threading vs waxing I think I’ve managed to explain one thing: they’re both amazing for facial hair removal.
But there are other options out there.
I just want to briefly mention them in case you thing that neither threading nor waxing are for you or you want to try something else.
In my opinion, epilators are the best alternative to the two subjects of our debate threading vs waxing.
- epilation removes hairs from the root so, you get smooth hair-free skin for about 2 weeks
- it works perfectly on both peach fuzz and coarse hairs
- it’s an easy hair removal method, you just hold the epilator and move it in the opposite direction in which the hairs are growing
- facial epilators are affordable or you can get an epilator for body that comes with a facial cap
- epilation is a really affordable hair removal method in the long run, you just buy the device one and that’s it until you need to buy another when it breaks down
- it’s more painful than waxing and definitely more painful than threading
- it can lead to breakouts more easily if the skin is not used to the shock cause by removing the hair from the follicle – I switched from waxing to epilation and my skin was so used to it that it only stays red for a couple of hours – I always moisturize it heavily and use salicylic acid to prevent breakouts
2. The Bellabe
The Bellabe is a facial hair remover.
It’s a simple spring shaped like a U that removes the hairs as you twist inwards and outwards.
The hairs are removed from the root.
It’s great for peach fuzz (thin fine hairs) but not for the coarse ones and definitely not for shaping eyebrows.
I would say that the Bellabe is the cheapest most effective peach fuzz remover.
What’s the bottom line?
Threading can offer women amazing eyebrows and it can remove hairs from the rest of the face too but I don’t know how many of you have succeeded in doing that all by yourself at home.
Waxing can be used to shape eyebrows, I had that done to me and it was incredibly quick and not painful, and it can also be used for the rest of the face and the entire body.
The difference is that I think that of the two, waxing vs threading, waxing wins because it’s much more approachable, easy, and it can be done at home by simply getting a good waxing kit that can be used on the body and face.
One more thing:
Leaving the hair removal world behind, it seems that now threading is also used as a facelift. It’s actually sugar threading but still an interesting fact.
I was completely surprised when I read it here.
To sum that up,
The specialists insert a natural thread into the skin and it takes up to a month until the substances dissolve into the skin, leading to a natural non-invasive facelift.
It sounds a little scary and it’s a lot different than what I was talking about in threading vs waxing but it’s supposed to be amazing, the latest fashion in removing wrinkles.
What do you think? In the threading vs waxing confrontation which one is the winner for you?