Do You Thread?

Wednesday September 21, 2011

My personal grooming habits are most definitely low maintenance.    If it’s not cheap, quick and/or easy, I’m probably not doing it.   While I love mani/pedis, massages and all the rest of that salon service stuff, I rarely indulge as it’s just not valuable enough to me to take up room in a limited budget.

However, there is one item that meets my low maintenance criteria and is affordable enough to fit in the limited “Beauty” line-item of our budget.   That service is threading.

If you are not familiar,

Threading is an ancient [hair removal] method commonly practiced in Eastern countries, like Egypt and India, but is becoming very popular here in the West. Threading removes the entire hair follicle, lasting up to 6 weeks.   [Source:]

You can find threading offered at a variety of salons, from high-end to low-end.  It is generally cheaper than waxing, chemical-free, and fast.   Threading is typically only done on facial hair (eye brows, upper lip, chin) and not other areas, so you would need to look elsewhere for those services.   Results typically last 6-8 weeks.

Does it hurt?  Yes and no.  It’s not as bad as waxing, but  I find it does sting the sensitive parts of my face (like closer to the eye lid).  It’s not pain free, but it’s also fast, and they usually apply aloe to soothe.  Sometimes it’s better/worse than others.  Not sure if that is a hormonal thing that fluctuates with me or if it is related to the skill level of the threader.

You may have seen the ladies with kiosks in the middle of the mall working on people’s eyebrows.  I have, but the idea of doing something so personal in such a public space does not appeal to me  [she typed with irony,  on her blog!].

The place I like to go for my threading needs is definitely more private.  It’s in the back of an Indian mercantile store in Falls Church.

Apna Bazaar / Tri-State Jewelers
110 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 222046
(703) 538-1053

Hours:  Tues – Sat  12pm – 7:30pm; Sunday 12pm – 3:30pm; closed Mondays


It is located in the shopping strip at the corner of Rte 29 (Washington St.) and Rte 7 (Broad St).

One part of the store is devoted to selling Indian wares, another section to jewelery.  If you walk to the back of the store, you will find the threading operation.

This is definitely a no frills operation (see their Yelp review for photos), but the price is right.   It costs $8 for eyebrows, or $12 for brows + upper lip.

I haven’t found anywhere cheaper and have always gotten good service.

So, do you thread?   What are your budget beauty tips?

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5 Responses to Do You Thread?

  1. 1
    Angie says:

    I have never heard of this! There is a large Indian population i our area, so surely I can find someplace that offers this service. Thanks SO much for the tip!

  2. 2
    Jill says:

    I’ve been threading for years. I love it!!! With wax, my face would be red and irritated for 2 weeks. With threading, it’s not red at all.

  3. 3

    I have threading envy. I wonder how much that is in Tokyo? Right now I am waxing on my own.

  4. 4
    Crystal & Co says:

    I have wanted to try threading, but I am too scared.
    I wax my brows and it costs $10…

  5. 5
    Crystal & Co says:

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