How to Thread Your Eyebrows

Tired of clumsily plucking your eyebrows with tweezers or damaging the fragile skin around your eye with wax? The alternative is threading, an extremely old skill that involves using a piece of thread to remove the hair from your eyebrows or elsewhere. While it takes a little practice, all you need to get started is a length of thread!


  1. Image titled Gather the materials Step 1 1
    Gather the materials listed in the Things You'll Need section below. All you really need is a piece of thread, but you may wish to draw in your desired eyebrow shape with a pencil or numb the area with some ice or cold water.
  2. Image titled Tie the ends together Step 2
    Tie the ends of the thread together so they form a circle. Snip off any extra thread beyond the knot in the thread.
  3. Image titled Hold the section of the thread Step 3
    Hold the section of the thread with the knot in one hand, and hold the opposite section with your other hand.
  4. Image titled Twist the hand without the knot Step 4
    Twist the hand without the knot five or six times, while holding the other section of the thread tightly (this is to avoid getting the knot in the middle of the thread). You should have an infinity or hourglass shape.
  5. Image titled Practise opening one hand Step 5
    Practice opening one hand, while closing the other at the same time. The twisting thread in the middle is what will remove the hair. Practicing the scissor motion will help you later on.
  6. Image titled Hold you hand fingers away from face Step 6
    Hold your hands so your fingers are facing away from your face, and position them over one eyebrow.
  7. Image titled Place the triangle of the thread Step 7
    Place the triangle of the thread, so that the hair you want to pluck is within the thread. You should be threading against the direction the hair grows, so you should move the point of the triangle opposite the direction the hair grows.
  8. Image titled Close the hand controlling the triangle Step 8
    Close the hand controlling the triangle around the hair, as you open the other hand. Make sure the thread is still touching the skin, and quickly make the opposite motion (scissors). The hair should be pulled out!
  9. Image titled Keep practising Step 9
    Keep practicing at threading. It takes a little practice to be able to do it well.


  • Also, make sure you can see what you're doing, because if you can't you may accidentally deform the shape of the eyebrow as you want.
  • You can use this same technique to thread someone else's eyebrows. Have them pull the skin taut around their eyebrows with their hands, so you don't accidentally thread the skin (ouch).
  • Threading can be used on upper lip hairs as well. Just make sure the skin is taut by pulling your lip into your mouth or sticking your tongue under that area of the skin.


  • Be careful to thread just the hair. If you accidentally catch the skin it can be rather painful.
  • Threading can take out a lot of hair very quickly. Be careful that you don't remove a whole section of your eyebrow.

Things You'll Need

  • Approximately 14 inches (35cm) of thread
  • Something to mark the eyebrow with such as powder or pencil (optional)
  • Eyebrow gel (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

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