By Jolie Loeb
I’ve been waxing long enough to know there’s nothing poetic about it. The red blotchiness, the sticky aftermath, and my personal favorite, the reliable apex of pain. If you’re not in the market for a plucky alternative, perhaps you should be. Where to look for such a thing? None other than the most concentrated alternative retail strip historically hosting what’s hip for the hipsters – Melrose Avenue. Introducing Thread Eyebrows on Melrose.
Why ditch the old faithful? Hot goop for what appears to be a handy strand of dental floss? The answers are as simple as the process.
It’s natural. It’s just thread. You don’t get much more organic than that.
Chemicals? There’d be no place to put them.
Hot wax is hot by design. It’s abrasive and easily irritates the skin. Plus it seeps into your pores. That can’t be good.
It’s more accurate than waxing, and, bonus, you don’t remove the epidermal layer of skin, alleviating the repetitive yanking that leads to loose, sagging skin around the eyes (nice).
You can actually go after individual strands. That’s hard to do with a steaming swath of tape. Lead Stylist and Threading Expert Shokou Shahidi Rezvani, full of knowledge as she is skill, likens it to using a crayon instead of a pen. I’ll take the ballpoint please.
Piece de resistance? It’s cheap. $15 for eyebrows. I’ve paid more for a coffee and a scone.
And what do all these upgrades amount to? A gift to those with sensitive skin. Less ingrown hairs (that’s what happens when you’re pruning the follicle from the root), and the need to thread less frequently, since the process is that much more effective. Hair free days are here again.
Some decisions are tough. Others are no brainers. Use your thread. Your brows, budget, and beauty regime will all be better for it. And your wardrobe. Hell, you’re already on Melrose…