It is unknown where eyebrow threading originated first, Central Asia or India. According to one theory, the practice started in India over 6000 years ago and spread throughout Asia, the Middle East, and in recent times Europe. The Arabic word for threading is ‘Khite’ in Egypt it is also called ‘Fatlah’.
Eyebrow threading is widely practiced in India. Indian women generally have their eyebrows done every three weeks. It is also used for full face, upper lip, chin, sideburns and cheeks.
Threading is widely practiced amongst Iranians
, but it was originally only done when a woman was getting married or for special occasions. In ancient Persia
(Iran), threading was a sign that a girl had reached adulthood. Threading is also popular in China
and other East Asian countries such as Korea
. Historically it was only done on brides and married women.
Advantages cited for eyebrow threading, as opposed to eyebrow waxing. Those provides more precise control in shaping eyebrows and is gentler on the skin. It can be painful as several hairs are removed at once. However, this can be minimized if it is done correctly.
Threading allows for a more defined and precise shape and can create better definition for eyebrows. It is also used as a method of removing unwanted hair on the entire face and upper lip area. Threading is not a good method for removing hair on arms or legs. Because the hair in those regions is typically quite coarse and there is too much to remove.