The Pluck-a-phobe's Guide to Eyebrow Shaping

Common Thread

Threading, a hair removal method that's been popular in Asia for centuries, is starting to catch on in the United States. Simply put, it involves a twisted piece of cotton thread that yanks out hair by the roots. It's comparable in price to waxing, but it's faster, less painful (some say) and more precise. It's certainly not something you'd want to try at home, though.

Threading is chemical-free and doesn't remove any skin, so many find it to be a less irritating alternative to waxing. Also, you need only a sixteenth of an inch of hair growth for threading, as opposed to a quarter-inch for waxing.

If you've decided to shape your own brows, where do you start? Find out on the next page.