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  • Instead of tweezing or waxing, the esthetician rolls a taut string (not sure what type) over stray hairs – which get tangled up in it and are pulled out by the roots. Ouch!

  • I have lots of GFs who do this. Apparently the main benefit this method has over waxing/etc. is that it’s much more precise. There’s been a Threads on U street for at least 3 years now, next to Nana. Wonder if it’s the same people who own both?

  • I’ve heard people claim that the effects of threading last longer, but I don’t see how that can be true. Pulling hair out by the roots is what it is, no matter how you do the pulling.

    However, there might be a skin benefit. Over time, the indiscriminate yanking on delicate skin with hot wax can break down the collagen and lead to sagging and wrinkling.

  • People of certain ethnicities have unusually long eyebrows, which can be threaded together in decorative patterns, much like braiding.

  • clearly not something that can support the purchase of a nice sign

  • I don’t know what it is, but a window entrance to a business is pretty sketch.

    • Sketch can be useful with threading. I used to get mine done in the back of an Indian grocery store in Pittsburgh. But hey, it was $6. How much do you pay for waxing?

  • I’ve done it, and it is pretty awesome, not nearly as painful as it sounds. I’d take it over waxing any day

  • I don’t know, the use of blue is a strong departure from the standard ghetto red on yellow with maybe some black formula.

  • Threading is a common form of hair removal in the Middle East, maybe other places, too, and has become popular in the States in recent years. Perhaps it has benefits over waxing and plucking, but it’s also trendy.

  • This is the same company that has the location on U Street, in Bethesda, and other locations. http://www.threadssalon.com/

    I go to the one in Bethesda and they always do a great job. It is very precise and less painful in my opinion. I’ll never go back to waxing.

  • I am a huge fan of Threads. They have a shop on L next to Ollie’s Trolley as well as the others previously mentioned. The benefit over waxing is that it doesn’t pull skin, just the targeted hairs. Any redness or irritation fades within an hour, something you can’t always say about waxing.

    Their key demographic seems to be women of color (all ethnicities) and white women such as myself (Greek/ Italian). So basically women who take facial hair removal very seriously. Although threading in malls seems to be a trend, these boutique shops have been around for years and have a die hard following so I don’t expect them to go away any time soon.

    Regarding the sign, this is very typical for Threads. Their whole business model is very low overhead. They are located in busy areas but the actual shop isn’t the most visible. The inside decor is very basic but their pricing is great for the District.

  • I went to the one near McPherson Square about a month ago (14th and L) and the person who did my eyebrows told me that the Chinatown location was going to open any day now. She said there was some paperwork their lawyer needed to do (??) but otherwise they were ready to go.

    Threading is common in South Asia and the Middle East, by the way. Every employee I have come across at the 14th and L and Bethesda threads has been South Asian.

  • It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing, threading. In my experience it does last longer and is generally less painful than waxing or tweezing. Plus, the ladies shape your eyebrowns beautifully – much better than anything I can do for myself.

    Thankfully I only need to get my eyebrows done, but I’ve seen women getting full facials, upper lip, sideburn-area, etc. I’ve even seen men getting their uni-brows fixed.

  • I dig chicks with eyebrows. Is it me?

  • I get my brows done every once in a while at Threads on L St., and it’s great. Prices are comparable to waxing, and the pain level is about the same, but it’s WAY easier on your skin. I’m a fan.

  • I go to Threads on U Street. You can find cheaper places than Threads but they do a decent job and to me, the best part about threading is that it doesn’t irritate my skin like waxing does.

    Try threading if you have sensitive skin.

  • This is wonderful news. I love Threads, but neither of their other locations are convenient for me anymore. I break out after waxing, so threading is a great way to keep my (very Italian) eyebrows in line.

  • “It has grown far more popular in recent years” may be a better phrasing. Regardless, I still place it in the same category as getting a pedicure that includes letting little fish eat the dead skin off of your feet because someone said that it’s healthier/more sanitary/environmentally friendly.

  • the real question should be who doesn’t know what threading is?

    • I didn’t! And I’m a chick. I don’t get them waxed either – what’s wrong with plain ol’ tweezers?

      • I don’t know about you but I can’t tweeze my upper lip. And if I’m getting that waxed I might as well spend the extra 5 minutes having them do my eyebrows.

    • I didn’t until today. In fact I overheard someone talking about it last week and was wondering what the heck it was.

      But then again, I’m a dude and I have a prominent brow of which I am quite proud, so eyebrow threading is not really in my area of interest. 😀

  • Threading is the least painful way to keep your eyebrows neat and because it is precise you can really control whether you just clean up strays or do a completely sculpted shape. I also have sensitive skin that gets very upset with waxing and plucking, but is pretty happy with threading.

    I started having my eyebrows threaded in college. A couple of women on campus from India and Bangladesh started a business offering their services. It was cheap and awesome.

    I had a not-so-good job done at the Threads on U St last year and have not been back. I went to Okyo Salon in Georgetown once and the threader there did a fantastic job, but it’s so expensive it’s like a bad joke.

    By far my favorite place to get threaded in DC is Dupont Threads. It seems a little sketch as you walk in, but those women are experts! And it’s quite affordable. Dupont Threads. Check it out, ladies.

  • You see street vendors in Taiwan and other Asian countries provide this service. I first saw it about 15 years ago there; odd to see it here now.

  • is it like an epilator?

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