How to Pluck Your Eyebrows With Strings

by Kelly O'Brien Ritchie ; Updated September 28, 2017

Eyebrow threading is more precise that waxing.

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Eyebrow threading is a technique that uses string or thread to pluck unwanted eyebrow hairs. This method has been practiced for hundreds of years and is believed to have originated in India. Threading is an increasingly popular way to remove eyebrow hair, and it is also used to remove unwanted hair from other areas of the body. It is gentler and more precise than harsh chemicals, hot wax or razors. Threading is generally repeated every four to six weeks.

Look at your eyebrows in a mirror to determine their natural shape. Locate the hairs you want to remove. Comb your eyebrows up with an eyebrow brush to avoid removing hairs you want to leave in place.

Cut a piece of cotton thread about 24 inches long. Tie the ends of the thread together to form a loop. Wrap the thread 10 times around your fingers to tighten it.

Twist the thread around your fingers to create a rectangle with an X in the middle using your fingers and thumbs. Position the thread in front of the eyebrow hair you want to remove.

Pull the thread back and forth by opening the fingers of one hand and closing the fingers of the other. Twist the thread to grasp the hair. Pull on the hair that is caught to pluck it from the hair follicle.

Continue this process until your eyebrows are groomed and shaped to your satisfaction.

Splash the affected area with cool water or apply a cool washcloth to reduce redness and soothe the skin.


  • Perform hair removal after showering when skin is soft and pores are open. This will lessen the pain of pulling the hair. Numb the eyebrow area with teething or toothache gel to minimize pain.

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About the Author

Kelly O'Brien Ritchie has been a writer since 1998. She has contributed to the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, Sarnia Historical Society and community newspapers. Ritchie managed her own business for eight years and studied corporate communications at Centennial College.