Besides passing out in a potted plant at a fancy club, one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a girl is being spotted leaving a salon with wax face. You know what I’m talking about, the tell-tale red bumps on your eyebrow and upper lip that just scream “I’m a hairy biotch!”

Let’s face it almost everybody participates in hair removal, its just not kosher to advertise it.

One way to avoid wax face is by threading. I’ve been threading for about five years now and it is the best invention since…well waxing. For those not familiar with the process, threading is method of hair removal where a practitioners uses a thin, twisted cotton thread to remove hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where a single hair is pulled out each time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line (props to wikipedia for the lowdown).

Not only is threading more gentle on the skin than waxing it also allows the practitioners to have more control over the hair removal process thus leaving a cleaner, more precise eyebrow shape. I have only gotten my eyebrows done but I have heard from multiple people that threading is the best way to get rid of unsightly facial hair.

A few years ago you could only get threaded if you had friends in the Middle Eastern/Indian community. Now there are many places in the District offering these services. Here are a few of places I’ve visited:

Miracles in the City – 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va, (703)-516-9800
Nail Studio and Day Spa – 484 North Point Village Center, Reston, Va., 703-481 -6245
The Threading Kiosks at Tysons Corner Mall, Springfield Mall, and Pentagon City Mall (Convenient but offers no privacy–might as well wear a name tag that says Werewolf on it)

Let me know if you have another hair removal tips for me!

PS: The cost of threading is comparable to waxing prices.
PPS: I do not receive free threading services for touting the fine establishments listed above. However, if you want to offer it to me I will gladly take them!

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  1. Thanks for this! I have threaded for 5+ years and my wonderful sweet Pakistani lady moved back to the motherland and I have been begrudgingly getting waxed. My skin won’t stand for it. It comes off with the wax and I’m always left WITH SCABS. My sensitive face just can’t handle it. However I refuse to go to the ones at the malls, I did it once in Fair Oaks, and I could feel the lady’s spit all over my face. I need to find one closer to here.

  2. I also found out that most Indian jewelry stores are a treasure trove (literally) of talented threaders!

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