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Curves Day Spa brings threading technique to Victoria Mall (w/video)

By Jessica Rodrigo
Feb. 13, 2014 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.

Fatima Chavez gets her eyebrows threaded on Friday at Curves Day Spa in the Victoria Mall. The hair removal technique, which comes from India, removes unwanted hair with the root and lasts longer than waxing.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Curves Day Spa

• WHERE: Inside Victoria Mall across from TDECU, 7008 N. Navarro St.

• HOURS: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday

•  FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 361-579-7913 or visit curvesbrowbar.com.

WHAT IS THREADING?

It's a technique used primarily in India that uses thread of various thicknesses to remove hair from unwanted areas, including underarms, arms and legs. Trained threaders are required to go to school for cosmetology or estetics and must be accredited by the state.

Ask Fatima Chavez about her eyebrows, and she might call them plain.

"I hate my eyebrows," she said. "It's like I just had two lines on my face."

After her first threading experience, she said she was pleased with how her brows came out.

The 21-year-old came into the newest store at the Victoria Mall, Curves Day Spa, with her sister, Sasha.

Before having her brows threaded, she used the age-old technique of tweezing to form and clean up her eyebrows.

She took a seat in one of the three black, padded chairs and laid back her head of dark brown and red curls. She closed her eyes and patiently lay there as Nora Ali, the store's trainer, prepared her tool - a spool of white cotton sewing thread.

Ali tied it loosely around her own neck and twisted it a few times along her fingers with a rotating motion of her wrist while she palmed the plastic spool in her left hand. She tugged and pushed the thread between her neck and her hands to pull any stray hairs growing above Chavez's smokey eyelids.

"It's like a scissors apparatus or pulley system," Anita Manasiya, owner of the new spa, said about the technique. "It's the opposite motion that causes the action."

When Ali, 40, pulls back on the thread around her neck, it causes the twisted thread to tug at the hairs, which Manasiya said removes the hair closer to the follicle.

The threading technique lasts longer because it extracts the entire hair. It is safe for people with sensitive skin or acne issues, she said.

"With threading, you can go over one section more than twice without causing an irritation," Manasiya, 26, of Houston, said. Unlike waxing, which can only go over the same area of skin twice, the technique is able to go over it multiple times to ensure all the hair is removed.

Another benefit she shared is that it's less painful.

Chavez tried waxing but had a bad experience and never tried it again.

"I didn't like the way my brows looked," she said.

She admitted her eyes watered even with Ali's experienced hands but not nearly as much as they did with waxing. It felt like Ali was trimming her eyebrows instead of plucking them, she said.

Sasha Chavez, 23, took Fatima's place in the same seat when Fatima was done and waited for Ali to begin.

"It's kind of relaxing," she said.

She first tried threading when she lived in Austin and had to return to tweezing after she moved back to Port Lavaca because there were no places that offered threading. Sasha brought Fatima to Curves Day Spa to introduce her to the technique.

Ali looked at Sasha Chavez's eyebrows for a second to imagine the hidden arches - something that she said is there in everyone's brows.

"It's our job to find it and to be creative," Ali said.

Manasiya was excited about bringing her experience and knowledge of threading to the Crossroads. She owns 13 stores in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi.

"We wanted to give customers another option for hair removal," she said.

Sasha Chavez said she was excited to see Victoria Mall as the new home of Manasiya's day spa.

"I found my new favorite place in the mall," she said.

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