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  STEP-BY-STEP: THREADING - by Editor


One of the best methods of upperlip hair removal is threading. Threading removes the tiniest and finest hair right from the root. Here's how you can thread at home.

Getting rid of hair on the upperlip is extremely annoying. If you get it waxed, you need for it to grow a certain length before you can wax it again. If you get it threaded at the parlour, you wait until there is a slight green shadow before visiting the parlour again. Bleach isn't very good for the skin and it leaves the hair lighter but not completely invisible. And hair removal cream doesn't remove the hair from the root, causing hair to grow back thicker.

The best method of hair removal from the upperlip is threading. You don't have to wait for hair to grow a certain length threading removes the tiniest and finest hair right from the root. Tweezing does the same as well, but tweezing is more painful, more time consuming, and tends to leave in-growths.

If you have easy access to a parlour just across your home which charges Rs. 5 for upperlip threading, you can skip this article. But if not, here's how you can remove upperlip hair at home, easily and quickly.

Take around 2 feet (24 inches) of thread length. Make sure you use a good quality, strong thread. There is no special thread for threading, you can use any thread as long as it is strong and doesn't snap easily.



Take both ends and knot them up. You need to have a circle of thread. Although beauticians normally use thread straight from the reel keeping one end in their mouth and holding the other end, you don't need to get so technical especially because you will not be able to thread your own upperlip in this manner.



Now hold the thread with both hands, and wind it around ten times. The wound bit now lies in the center of the circle.




Now, place the thread around the fingers of both hands. Push the wound portion towards one hand by widening the fingers of one hand and simultaneously closing the fingers of the other hand.



Similarly, by opening the fingers of the closed hand and closing the fingers of the other hand, push the wound portion in the other direction.




Keep practicing pushing the wound portion back and forth. Once you are able to push back and forth easily, you can move on to the other step practicing on a body part.




It is best to practice threading on your leg. Most people have a lot of hair on their legs and their legs are easily reachable. They don't have to strain too much to look for hair or to reach it, and they don't have to look in a mirror.



Sitting on your bed or on a chair, prop up one leg and identify the portion from which you want to remove hair. Place the thread on this portion. Let the wound part be one end of the hair, and the thread from the other side should be on both sides of the hair you want to remove. Now, move the wound portion to the other side, making sure that it catches the hair while moving. It will then lift the hair from the root as it moves back and forth.

You will need practice before you can manage. And if you know how to thread your upperlip yourself, you can run thread through it for a couple of minutes every other day so your upperlip is always completely free from hair. No more waiting for the hair to grow back before your next threading or waxing session at the parlour.

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Name: latha
City:   bangalore
Comments:   the pics are not clear, but they are clear enough to give us an idea of what you mean. this is a great article. i tried threading, and i could manage a little. am going to practise some more. i cannot even begin to tll you how i love your site!
Name: sneha
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Could you please repost some good pictures with a dark backgroundNULLNULLNULL The article is great!!!
Name: prat
City:   ny
Comments:   ya I agree with all the comments listed above. The pictures are not clear. with a better background we will be able to follow better. this is really great as for those who are in foreign land cant manage to go to a beauty parlour conviniently. thank you.
Name: kalppana
City:   Kuala Lumpur
Comments:   Pictures are not clear and are also small.Please show the finger and wound thread coordination and action step by step.Thank You
Name: viji
City:   Kuala Lumpur
Comments:   the article is good but picture not clear....i'm sure it will look clear with dark background. thank you.
Name: R
City:   USA
Comments:   This was a great article. I have done threading for other people but never realized that it was so easy to do it for myself as well.. Thank you for the effort!
Name: Anita
City:   Singapore
Comments:   Which powder we need to use before start threadingNULL Is it useful to relief painNULL Can I have a name of it & where to get it. Anita
Name: rashmi
City:   bangkok
Comments:   its a good idea ,let me try it out . do we have to apply any talcum powder before threading .
Name: shonali
City:   bangalore
Comments:   Yes, you could apply talcum powder if ur skin is oily. i prefer applying moisturiser as it hurts less! thanks for changing the background pics of the key steps and putting up a black background.
Name: john
City:   asia
Comments:   hi, i love to see females with excess body hair and i am against shaving.so lets leave it grow. i respect hairy women and wanna meet them and have their pics.
Name: rashmi
City:   CA
Comments:   I used this method to remove hair from my chin and upper lip and to my horror, the regrowth was thicker!! I did it few more times thinking it will get better but now I have thick beard like hairs on one side of my chin. It looks so bad!! I got to the saloon to thread now and it seems to be getting better
Name: C
City:   LA
Comments:   Maybe a little graph illustrating the thread and hair positions would help a lot.
Name: S.K.
City:   Austin,Texas.
Comments:   Hi, First of all, thanks a lot for the effort taken on your part to explain how easily threading can be done by ourselves. Though the pictures are not that great, the explanation given was perfect. I will try this and will let you know the result. Cheers!
Name: S.K.
City:   Texas,USA
Comments:   Hi, it is me again. As i told in my previous comment,i tried threading my upper lip using this technique and it works wonderful. Thanks again to you and this wonderful site.
Name: Sheerin
City:   Calgary, Canda
Comments:   I think this article was great. Explanation was great and although pictures werent the best they werent bad niether how else do you get the point accross. As for the rest of you cry babies if you dont have anything nice to say dont say anything at all!
Name: zara
City:   London
Comments:   I had my upper lip threaded at the parlour and they tool off some of the skin from the side of my mouth where both lips meet n now it is dark their and healing what can i put on this to make sure it doesnt scarNULL PLEASE HELP!!!!
Name: Susan
City:   New York
Comments:   WONDERFUL! I DID IT! The trick is to use a scissor like motion with your hands and press the thread up against your face. When you feel the "pinch", you know you've got it!
Name: susan guptill
City:   halifax
Comments:   is it possible to do this on other facial areas yourselfNULL I am having trouble doing cheeks and "sideburns," it seems awkward.
Name: ria
City:   london
Comments:   hi i hope 2 tryin threadin my sis no's how 2 do it but im scared bcoz last time i let her do it, it hurt sooo much but thank u 4 ur explan. il try it myself an it'l hopefully hurt less coz i wnt b so scared thanks a mil xxx dis is jus wot i woz lukin 4 p.s. da pics 4 perfect
Name: Nicole Ingram
City:   Melbourne
Comments:   Looks hard ,we ahve no salons that do threading.
Name: aliya
City:   london
Comments:   my mother does threading but she has never tought it to me i hope it works good becuase i have been using tweezers and it cuased alot of ingrown hairs and there so annoying will the thread work on ingrown hairs.
Name: Nisha
City:   KY
Comments:   OMG! It works! I usually go to the salon to get my threading done, but the steps you showed were so easy, now I'll only go to the salon if it's absolutely necessary...thanks!
Name: Priya
City:   Banglore
Comments:   hey i tried this threading idea and it really worked! but the problem is that it really hurts! is there another way to do threading that doesn't hurt?
Name: amrita
City:   bangalore
Comments:   the pics wernt clear, i didnt understand any of it
Name: Gina
City:   usa
Comments:   the pictures were not clear and i couldnt understand the directions that well.I tried treading though and its better to get it done at a parlour instead of at home. thanks:Gina
Name: Jacqueline Francis
City:   London
Comments:   Looks easy enough, haven't tried it yet! Great to find a step by step guide, (I reckon some of the previous commentators must have poor eyesight, the pics are clear to me!) Cheers for the info Jx
Name: lilly
City:   CA
Comments:   this did wonders for me i mean it was really embaressing at first but later its great!
Name: penny
City:   pla
Comments:   hey i did this too but is there anything we can do to reduce the pain cause when i did it the first time i thought the pain was AWFUL!
Name: leena
City:   london
Comments:   i tried threading like this after a friend of mine showed me and reading your article. however, now the skin around my upper lip area has darkened and i dont know what to do!!! it used to be fine before i tried threading myself, any ideas how to get my upper lip skin area back to normal, its been like that for a few weeks.
Name: A
City:   Chicago
Comments:   Hi. I was looking for some way to learn how to thread and I finally found this. The steps are easy to understand, all it takes is a bit of practice. Although, when I was trying to thread someone else, a rash developed. Is there a way to either prevent this from happening or reduce it after it's there?
Name: jessy
City:   london
Comments:   i hav da same question as A from chicago- a rash developed wen i tried it. n e adviceNULL
Name: kiran
City:   London
Comments:   I think this article is great. The pics are not that clear but the steps are written very clear and are very understandiable. I hope to read more articles about beauty xXx Kiran
Name: abc
City:   ny
Comments:   is their anything you can do about your eyebrowsNULL mine are so dark and thick and they star to grow in different directions at the ends.
Name: abc
City:   ny
Comments:   DOES your HAIR REALLY GET DARKER WHEN YOU THREAD YOUR UPPERLIPNULL
Name: annonymous
City:   England
Comments:   Hey, the pictures are rather clear (to me that is) and as 4 the explanation it was excellent! however, i tried threading as i normally get it waxed at a beauty salon and i've got to wait for my hair to grow at a certain lenght which can tend to be somewhat annoying!! ne ways back 2 the threading, i can't simply grasp it, i've tried it on my legs and i can't barely pinch any hair!! HELP :( :(
Name: Julia
City:   Los Angeles
Comments:   Your pictures are clear. Your details are very comprehensible. You apparently have some spiteful fans, but regardless, I think everything you've done here is professional and I commend you on it. Some people are just too retarded to understand simple directions. =) I tried your threading technique and it works well!
Name: Stormiina
City:   Espoo
Comments:   Finally I understood, with help of your article, how to get this thing done! Worked fine with upper lip. Hurts, oh yes, but it always does hurt to pull the hair off, what ever the method.
Name: name
City:   nyc
Comments:   ur article is amazing...i did this to myself several times inbetween visits to the parlor... d i did it A LOT..nd i went to the parlor once again yesterday nd now the skin above my upperlip is darker..usually wen i get it done..its lighter..now im scared that if i continue to thread myself at home btw visits my skin will be permnantly dark. Also..i am very very veryyyyyy fair...so u can tell easily somethign is rong...can u tell me if this is trueNULL does it make ur skin darker if u do it A LOTNULL thanks
Name: Me
City:   Carteret, NJ, USA
Comments:   I just wanted to say that your website is AMAZING!!! I was always embarassed to have so much facial hair and some elsewhere...but your website has provided a lot of new oppurtunities. Thank U so much...and im practicing the threading..but i havent quite managed it..my mom is also trying..hopefully we'll get the hang of it.
Name: abc
City:   ny
Comments:   my eyes are darker than the rest of my face, is there anything i can do to make thems the same colorNULL Oh yeah, and i tried threading it works, but you can feel a slight pinch. THANKLS FOR THE AWESOME SITE!!!
Name: abc
City:   ny
Comments:   my eyes are darker than the rest of my face, is there anything i can do to make thems the same colorNULL Oh yeah, and i tried threading it works, but you can feel a slight pinch. THANKLS FOR THE AWESOME SITE!!!
Name: Sunnah
City:   england
Comments:   how do u pull forward and backwardsNULL and wats the woundNULL please reply asap! im desperate...got a wedding in 2 days!
Name: Brandy
City:   Hickory
Comments:   Hey I am 14 yr old female & I was noticing i was getting upper lip hair so I am natural contious about my body any ways so initially tha first thang I did was take out tha razor =(.... What should I do about stubble now... PLZ HELP..... xoxo
Name: Brandy
City:   Hickory
Comments:   oops... Tha threading cut my lip realy bad...=(.... I used horse wire... thats all i could find... sum one help me plz.. Im desperate. =(
Name: Betty
City:   KOP
Comments:   it really works but hurt soo bad
Name: Julia
City:   London
Comments:   ohh yes it hurts, but beauty is painful. thanks for the tip... and my boyfriend is doing it now too... P.s. brandy stubble is good for you....
Name: Personas
City:   WK
Comments:   Is there any way to reduce the painNULL Please answer! (-=
Name: pri
City:   SC,USA
Comments:   Hey, I want to try this, but it doesn't work with ordinary thread. Does anyone know where I can buy the threading thread in the US. I have searched online, but couldn't find anything. Thanks.
Name: andrea
City:   london
Comments:   this article was just what i was looking for, thanks. now i can save money by doing it myself, i will have to take more time to practice on my eyebrows tho. to everyone trying to ease the pain u just have to bear it, but a little tip for afterwards, dap some aloe vera oil on the area toi help soothe and calm any redness or rashes that appear.
Name: Akshata
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   This was exactly wat i was lookin for..its latenight now..but im gonna practice till atleast 2am and make sure i get it..thx a lot.
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