Eyebrow threading, which uses a string to remove hair, has been going on for centuries in Eastern countries. It's a popular choice for many because it's quick (if you get the right tech), doesn't use any chemicals like waxing and there's no chance of getting burned.
You can often find people doing threading at mall kiosks and storefronts. But many of these people who are threading at the malls don't hold an actual license like cosmetologists and estheticians do who perform hair removal services at salons and spas. It's a technique that's usually passed on to through the generations.
In Texas, they are cracking down. According to an article on KVUE News, "The Texas Department of Licensing has been citing people who practice threading without a license. For its fiscal year in 2009, 41 citations were issued. In 2008, that number was just 11."
As the law stands right now in Texas, people practicing threading will have to pay the tuition to go to school to get the 750 training hours, and learn all of the facets of the esthetics and obtain a license or else get fined. Many people threading don't feel it's worth the time and money to get a license for skills they won't use, when they will only be threading. So The Institute of Justice announced that it filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Licensing and Regulation on behalf of eyebrow threaders.
Another option would be for the State of Texas to create a separate threading license, requiring much less training hours for this niche service like it has done for hair braiders. Read full article and see video.
As this service becomes more and more popular, the licensing and regulation of the ancient hair removal technique will probably be in debate in your State soon enough. Tell us what you think and leave your comments below.