How Do I Choose the Best Threading Courses?

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  • Written By: Lainie Petersen
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 January 2019
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When selecting threading courses, consider your own professional background in aesthetics or cosmetology, the reputation of the training provider, as well as whether your jurisdiction requires threaders to be licensed. You may also want to consider the price, location, and scheduling of courses. Remember that, in some places, particularly the United States, you may need a license to perform any form of hair removal on other people, so simply taking threading courses may not actually qualify you to begin offering facial hair threading to the public.

Threading, as it is often called, is a technique for removing unwanted facial hair. It uses cotton thread that has been twisted to pluck hairs. Although the process is not as quick as waxing and is often more painful, it is faster than traditional plucking and is much easier on the skin than the use of waxes, sugars, or depilatory creams. Historically it has been practiced in Eastern countries, though both men and women in the West now seek out threading services, particularly for the shaping of eyebrows.


If there is a beauty or aesthetics school in your area, contact it to see if it offers threading courses. In some cases, these schools may include threading in their general training curriculum, or they may offer continuing education threading courses. Some schools may require you to either enroll in a complete course of study, such as cosmetology or aesthetics, or may require you to already hold licensure in one of these trades before you can enroll in a continuing education course.

Other options for learning threading are to apprentice with a skilled threader who is already working in a spa or salon. Some threaders also offer courses that you can attend in order to learn the technique. In both cases, you should plan to practice the technique on volunteers until you feel comfortable offering threading services to customers. To find good independently taught threading courses, ask other salon workers for their recommendations.

Despite the fact that threading is a relatively low-tech and low-risk method of hair removal, its practice is often regulated by cosmetology or aesthetics laws. If you live in an area where cosmetologists, aestheticians, and hair removal specialists are required to be licensed, there is a good chance that you may need to obtain a license before charging money for threading services. In some cases, simply completing threading courses, even if they are offered by licensed beauty schools, is not enough to obtain a professional license. Instead, you would need to either complete a cosmetology or aesthetics training program, which typically involve many months of study and a significant cost in tuition and fees.



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