ARMED with only a single thread of cotton beautician Chaitali Dharia can create the perfect arched eyebrow. For those who have never succumbed to this unusual beauty treatment it's hard to believe that it can whip out even the most stubborn of hairs and leave you looking smooth and hair-free.
The 24-year-old trained in India for a year and has since perfected the art over the past five years.
Threading involves making a loop with a 100% cotton thread and twirling it a couple of times before lifting it from the follicle.
Chaitali says: "It took me a year of training to know how to do threading and I then had to pass a beauty exam.
"The first six months taught me how to remove the hair and the other six months I discovered how to remove hair depending on a person's face shape.
"I have then spent years using the technique.
"If you have round face I would remove it differently to if you had a long face, which requires a nice arch.
"Threading eyebrows really depends on the individual and what type of face you have."
The ancient skill of threading dates back centuries but its exact origin is unknown. Many claim it started in the Middle East while others believe it originated in India or China.
A length of cotton is used to catch and pull out facial hairs and to shape the brows into a perfect, natural arch.
It is more effective than tweezing and is widely used by celebrities both here and in the United States, where its popularity has grown over recent years.
Until recently, eyebrow threading in this country was largely confined to London but the trend is now proving popular in the North East.
Threading can be used on the whole face including upper lip, eyebrows, chin, sideburn and cheeks.
Eyebrow threading itself originated in India where it is the only way women shape their brows and over the past few years it has also become popular in the UK with many salons now offering the treatment.
Chaitali works at a new beauty salon which was recently opened in Collectables on Northumberland Street, Newcastle, called Beauty@Collectables.
She says: " It is very popular in India - nobody waxes in India - but now it is one of our most popular treatments here.
"The main difference from waxing is that it does not give you wrinkles.
"When you wax you are ripping the skin off. Threading is not going to do that.
"It is never going to hurt the skin. "It also lasts about four to six weeks but it depends on each person. The other day I had a lady who said she waited 10 weeks before she needed her eyebrows doing again.
"It was amazing. …