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Waxing vs threading – which one is better for your brows?

Woman having her eyebrows waxed

In the battle of the fiercest arches, two heavyweights come up against each other time and again – waxing vs threading. But which one is better for those Insta-worthy brows? 

Whether you are just a beauty obsessive, looking to start a brow business or want to add to your skills repertoire with an eyebrow course – this post is for you. We’ll be measuring up these titans of the brow world to give you the lowdown on which one could benefit you, your clients and your beauty business. 

While often placed together, waxing and threading are two very different hair removal methods that require very different training. 

  • Waxing involves applying hot wax to a client’s skin, which then solidifies on the skin, trapping a section of hairs, before removing them in one swift plucking movement. 
  • Threading pinches the individual hairs between two cotton strings, before pulling them up and out of the hair follicle. 

So is one method better than the other? What is the hair re-growth rate? And what about clients with sensitive skin? While neither can offer a permanent hair-free solution, let’s see how these methods differ and what they could offer your clientele.


The pros:

  • As threading involves little to no contact with the actual skin, it’s often preferred by those with super sensitive skin. 
  • Using anti-aging products, like newly popular retinol products, around your eyes can increase your irritation levels, so threading might feel gentler. 
  • Since threading uses only a string, it’s the more sustainable option for the eco-conscious.
  • Threading results can last slightly longer than waxing, at around 4 to 5 weeks.
  • Some clients find threading less painful than waxing and any redness usually disappears fairly quickly. 

The cons:

  • Threading removes the hair in numerous different directions, which means precision can be tricky and you can risk a slip that could leave you with a brow catastrophe!
  • This non-directional pull may also harm the hair follicles and the skin that surrounds them. 
  • There is a chance that the hair won’t actually be removed, just broken off at the skin’s surface – which can lead to super-fast regrowth and odd-looking regrowth patterns.
  • There is a chance of catching a viral infection with eyebrow threading called molluscum contagiosum, which can cause small, painless bumps on the skin. 


The pros

  • Performed correctly by a well-trained technician, waxing can be much gentler on the hair follicle.
  • Waxing pulls the hair out in a single direction, usually resulting in an easier, gentler removal that pulls the hair out by the root. This reduces the chance of breaking or tearing the hair follicle. 
  • Using a pre-wax treatment to lubricate the follicle can create a barrier between the wax and skin, reducing the chances of irritation or damage further. 
  • Faster than tweezing at home, your appointment can still be finished with an ‘eye-to-eye’ tweezing session for increased accuracy and shaping. 

The cons 

  • Hairs usually re-appear within a few weeks.
  • Depending on individual pain tolerance, waxing may feel more uncomfortable to some clients than threading. 
  • There is the possibility of temporary redness, swelling, and irritation around the area, so waxing is not ideal right before a big event. 
eyebrow waxing

While threading has some benefits for those with especially sensitive skin, most beauty professionals recommend waxing as the superior option for the perfect brow. Not only is waxing better for hair follicle health, but it’s also better for increased hair longevity and hygiene.

So if you’re looking to add to your skills and services, start a mobile beauty business or simply take that first step into the aesthetics world – eyebrow waxing is the way to go. Especially considering the global hair removal market size was valued at $2.2 billion in 2018 and is expected to expand by another 5.5% by 2025!

More than ever, as we leave our homes to engage with the world after watching brow tutorials for the last few years (just us?), the industry is seeing a rising interest in personal grooming. So more beauty babes than ever are wanting to find the perfect way of enhancing those face-framing arches!

While threading has some benefits for those with especially sensitive skin, most beauty professionals recommend waxing as the superior option for the perfect brow. Not only is waxing better for hair follicle health, but it’s also better for increased hair longevity and hygiene.

Of course, to achieve a wow-worthy treatment that shapes and defines your client’s brows perfectly requires excellent technical skills and thorough training. So you’ll need to invest in an eyebrow waxing course.

Taught by leading industry professionals, our Certificate in Eyebrow Wax & Tint is the queen of waxing courses online. Built to equip you with the expertise to establish a firm foundation in this booming beauty industry niche, you will be elevated above the competition and supported to achieve success in the business of beautiful brows. 

Become the go-to source for knowledge, sharp looks and fierce arches for your clients. Master safe application, tweezing and trimming and individualised brow tinting to stay a cut above the rest. 

Plus, as one of our most popular beauty courses from home, you can learn at a time that suits you. So you can earn, attend to your family or meet those other personal commitments – all while still fulfilling your beauty business dream. With affordable monthly payments and a full waxing kit delivered to your door, nothing is holding you back. Why not get started today?

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