By Aaryn Valenzuela
Eyebrow "Threading" is one of the latest trends in facial hair removal, and there's only one place in San Angelo that does it. "Lovely Eyebrows" opened about two years ago inside Sunset Mall. Concho Valley resident Lisette Lira says she's been threading her eyebrows for about a year.
"I was kind of nervous, and I saw them doing it with their mouth, and it was really interesting, so I was like I want to try it," says Lisette Lira, a Concho Valley Resident.
Since then she's never gone back to waxing. She says she only has to thread her eyebrows once a month. Before, she was waxing her eyebrows every two weeks.
Raj Neupane is the owner of "Lovely Eyebrows". The family-operated business opened with just a kiosk, but now they have their own store.He says eyebrow threading originated in India, and is popular in Middle Eastern countries like Iran and Iraq.
Neupane says its not as painful as treezing and waxing
"It doesn't hurt the way waxing hurts, and the redness it gives lasts just for a few minutes, unlike the waxing," says Raj Neupane, Owner of Lovely Eyebrows.
And there's no chemicals.
"Its just a thread, a cotton thread, so its non-chemical, and perfectly safe for the skin," he says.
Although tweezing is non-chemical, he says using thread is more precise.
"Tweezing is non-chemical, but its not as good as eyebrow threading, and tweezing hurts more than the eyebrow threading because eyebrow threading takes a line at a time and its so quick, the twisting of the thread, it doesn't hurt," Neupane says.
He says they have 50 to 60 customers daily, and more on the weekends. Even men come and thread their eyebrows. As for Lira she says she doesn't miss waxing.
"Its really nice, I don't have to wake up, and be like oh I have hair over here, and go and get the tweezers and stuff. So just coming back once a month for threading is really nice."
Eyebrow threading dates back hundreds of years. At that time, women did it mainly for special occassion like weddings