Threading (aka Khite and Fatlah)

Threading is a hair removal technique that has been used for centuries in the Middle East. It involves using a long, twisted cotton thread to pluck several hairs at once. It is commonly used to remove facial hair, including hair from the cheeks, ears, and forehead.


Inexpensive compared to other plucking methods. Quick. Well tolerated by sensitive skin because no potentially irritating substances are used. Many consider it to be less painful than tweezing, waxing and electrolysis. Can be used more often than waxing and tweezing because even short hairs can be removed. Results last 2-6 weeks.


Mass plucking can cause irritation and itching. Ineffective for large parts of the body. May lead to folliculitis (inflammation/pus around the hair follicle). Folliculitis can lead to changes in skin pigmentation.

Safety tip

Do not use this method on broken, irritated skin; sunburned skin; skin with active eczema or psoriasis; or active herpes lesions.