There’s no going back once you’ve popped your eyebrow-threading cherry. Seriously, it’s a one-way ticket to better brows no matter what you’re starting with. If you’re a first-timer to the ancient Indian hair removal technique, let us enlighten you. The cotton-twisting treatment is not at all scary, but because it’s nice to know what to expect, we’ve broken it down below:

Bearable pain. Depending on the therapist/your tolerance/the time of the month threading feels like tweezing multiple hairs at at once. Obviously try not to flinch during it, or you could end up with unwanted bald patches.

One at a time. you’ll be asked to pull your eyelids in opposing directions, so the skin is taught and easy for the therapist to work on. If they assume you’ve been before, expecting you to know what to do, ask and they’ll explain!

Don’t wear lots of eye makeup (for the above reason) or you’ll probably smudge it everywhere.

Uncontrollable side side effects include random sneezing and eye watering – they might literally stream (not from the pain, but the sensitivity).