It’s possible to pluck it, cut it and wax it, but whatever you do, hair keeps growing back in places you really would rather it didn’t.
These days, a ‘new’ method of tackling hair removal is growing in popularity: threading.
While it may be new to us in the West, threading is actually an ancient method commonly practised in countries such as Egypt and India.
Interestingly, whereas plucking and waxing are most definitely best carried out in the privacy of your own bathroom or in your favourite beauty salon, this writer has seen threading being practised in public – in the middle of a large shopping centre in Norwich.
Perhaps its high visibility is because it is something that is considered novel in our country, but it’s a technique that is on the increase.
It is claimed that threading removes the entire hair follicle, lasting up to six weeks.
For that reason alone it is worth giving it a try, and many local salons are now offering the treatment, often at no more than the typical cost of waxing.
For those who have never heard of it, threading does what it suggests: unwanted hair is removed by the use of a cotton thread. The thread is pulled along unwanted hair in a twisting motion, trapping hair in a mini lasso, and the hair is then pulled out of the follicle.
Threading is done mainly on the face, so might be a good option for people with sensitive skin, and it’s said to be very fast, depending on the skill of the practitioner.