An ancient method of hair removal that requires the use of teeth and hands has been given a modern twist, writes Sushma Veera
THREADING is an ancient technique of hair removal that involves precisely twisting a length of regular cotton thread along unwanted hairs. It required the use of hands and teeth to pull the thread.
It was commonly practised in the Eastern countries and you can still see it done on the streets in China, Taiwan and India.
Today, there is a new method of threading called butterfly threading, which started in Taiwan eight years ago.
Annie Xiao from Taiwan was responsible for reinventing this beauty treatment. A qualified civil engineer, Xiao was at the HerbaLine salon in Petaling Jaya recently to demonstrate the technique. HerbaLine introduced butterfly threading at its premises two months ago.
Its owner, C.K. Low, said: “Do not underestimate the thread. Like the butterfly, it may look simple but it is impressive... as are the results. Butterfly threading is a testament of traditional beauty treatment given a revival, with the promise of effective functionality that is as good as any modern-day beauty treatment.”
If previously, threading was carried out at the roadside or in small shops, it’s done at HerbaLine in a comfortable, spa-like ambience.
Xiao talked about the technique and secrets behind the new threading technique. She explained that while butterfly threading still employs the cotton thread, it is more effective than the traditional method as the distance of the thread
focal point, which removes facial hair, is more effective as our hands has more control than the teeth.
“By using both hands to create strength and elasticity, we can effectively remove fine hair and smoothen ageing skin. And because of this, butterfly threading has an additional function of firming,” she said through a translator.
After threading with thick cotton thread, a fine red thread is then used to remove any fine hair on skin.
Low added that butterfly threading is complemented by Jade gua sha and a deep moisturising facial to help achieve optimum result.
“Nano aloe vera gel is applied after threading to replenish skin’s moisture and nutrition. The traditional healing technique of gua sha is then gently carried out using a cool piece of jade giving skin a revitalising, soothing and calming effect.”
Besides the face, butterfly threading can also be applied on hands, arms, feet and body, and is more effective than waxing or using a razor.
HERBALINE marketing manager Gary Sho says there are eight key benefits of butterfly threading.
1. Effectively removes dead skin and acne, and improves skin metabolism
2. Increases skin’s absorption abilities and enhances the effects of skincare products
3. Smooth, radiant and blemish-free skin
4. Gives make-up staying power
5. Refines pores, giving skin a silky, supple texture
6. Improves facial blood circulation by using a new limber hand technique
7. Increases skin’s suppleness
8. According to ancient beliefs, brow threading opens the doors to good fortune.