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My name is Nick and I blog about Skincare, Self-care, and my life in Hong Kong & Vancouver.

First time threading my face

First time threading my face

I always wanted to remove the little hair around my cheekbones and on my forehead. Threading is one of the many methods that remove body hair. It is a beauty technique that plucks hair out of their follicles by using and twisting a thread. Some people even claim that it helps brighten your skin and remove blackhead.

 Before and After Threading

Before and After Threading

The fact that threading can be so affordable and quick and easy seemed like a good choice. However, it was also incredibly painful.

So let me share my journey with you.

The Goal: Removing hair on my cheekbones & forehead

 The Little Hair on my Cheekbones

The Little Hair on my Cheekbones

You should know that I had my brows threaded so I am familiar with the technique itself. But this was my first time threading my face. I have hair around my cheekbones and on my forehead. They are not visible unless you look at them real close. But I always wanted to remove them so that I could apply foundation/tinted moisturizer on a smoother surface. It's time to get my brows done anyway so I decided to get my upper face threaded.

I did some research on where I can get face & eyebrows threading services in Hong Kong. I stumbled upon this video by South China Morning Post:

 

Where I went for Face Threading

I went to Ms. Li, the first Face Threading Practitioner in the above video. They have a shop in the Mall Metro Sham Shui, under the Chinese business name - "線面媽媽" (Literal Translation: Face Threading Mama).

http://facialline.hk/

For $90 HKD, you can get your face & brows threaded. It is much cheaper than the other places I researched. The Mall is right next to Sham Shui Po MTR station's exit D1 so it's very convenient. It's a 15 minutes ride from Central. The fact that Face Threading Mama was so affordable and convenient is the reason why I chose them.

 
 

The Process

 The Threading Shop in Sham Shui Po

The Threading Shop in Sham Shui Po

I went there on a Sunday afternoon. The first thing I noticed was that it was a different lady who was performing the threading. She seemed much younger than Ms. Li in the video but I didn't catch her name.

The place was very small (so was the mall). There were only a chair (for the customer), a mirror in front of it, a stool and some posters and newspaper clippings.

There were also a line of chairs outside the shop for people to line up. There were already 4-5 people lining up when I arrived there at around 5pm. I actually ended up leaving and coming back at 7:30pm because I had early dinner plan that day.

When it was my turn, I told the Face Threading Practitioner what I wanted: getting my brows, forehead, and cheekbones done.

 Before threading my face the practitioner applied some white powder on my face

Before threading my face the practitioner applied some white powder on my face

She first applied some sort of white powder with what looked almost like a white chalk (海棠粉). She rubbed it all over my upper face and asked me to close my eyes. Then she proceeded to thread my brows and forehead. That part was all good. Quick and easy.

HOWEVER, when she got to my cheekbones, it was excruciatingly painful. I tried to hold it but she could definitely tell that I was suffering. She said "ya, it's usually more painful around the cheekbones..." as she threaded my cheekbones.

She also gave me some cotton pad/tissue paper to cover my eyes at one point. And when I opened my eyes to see what she gave me, all my tears just ran down my face. I didn't know I teared up. I guess I held them back unintentionally because my eyes were closed...

...but it was that painful.

 Before Face Threading

Before Face Threading

 Right After Face Threading

Right After Face Threading

When she finished, she used a tissue paper to clean up my face. I supposed she was trying to wipe out the hair and excess powder.

The whole process took about 20 minutes and it costed $90 HKD. Expectedly, my face was a little red after the session. While it does the job, it was honestly one of the most painful experiences I have ever had in my life.

 

The following week

Threading definitely achieved what I wanted: getting rid of the little hair on my forehead, brows, and cheekbones. The next day I did notice that my skin around my cheekbones was slightly brighter. I guess removing hair does give you the illusion that you have brighter skin after all.

 Before and After Threading - Close Up

Before and After Threading - Close Up

However, I also noticed that I got a few bumps around my brows and forehead...the situation worsened the next few days. I continued to get more blemishes on my forehead...It's hard not to think that the threading caused these blemishes when they only show up at where the threading happened.

 My face one week after threading

My face one week after threading

The verdict

While threading does the job of removing the little hair on my cheekbones and forehead, it also seems to irritate my skin and causes some blemishes. I am not sure if it does more good than harm. It was also a very painful experience. But hey, I guess sometimes "beauty is pain".

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