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On the runway: Beauty from abroad

These techniques add a little culture to your beauty routine

 by Megan Salisbury
 published on Thursday, August 31, 2006

Threading is a great alternative to waxing or plucking, because itís very precise and leaves a more defined shape./issues/arts/697426
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Threading is a great alternative to waxing or plucking, because itís very precise and leaves a more defined shape.
 

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Blush, tweezers and deep-clean conditioners are products almost every American college-aged woman owns. Dig deeper into her bathroom, and who knows what other beauty products you will find. But what most women don't know is that there are beauty secrets from around the world, turning even geography into a sexy subject.



Threading

In America, the majority of women have two ways of getting their eyebrows shaped. They can tweeze or they can wax.

But women from Southeast Asia introduce a third technique into the mix: It's called threading.

Shimu Taha, owner of the local Shimu Threading Salon (1400 S. McClintock Dr.), first practiced threading in a beauty school in Bangladesh.

The art behind threading starts with a small piece of thread held to the surface of the skin, with one finger holding a loop and the other end between the threader's teeth. With a back and forth motion, your unwanted facial hair comes off, Taha says.

"There is very little redness, unlike waxing," she says. "It's all-natural and there is no stickiness."

Taha adds that depending on the person's hair growth, threading has been known to last longer than waxing. She also says that it can get those wispy, almost invisible hairs that are difficult to pluck.



Hair treatments

Want stronger, shinier and thicker hair? Taha has some natural hair tips that add a Trump Tower type of luxury to your locks.

In Southeast Asia, Taha says women wash their hair in coconut oil in order to achieve a more alluring mane. Taha offers a hot oil massage at her salon to imitate this process.

The process begins with massaging the coconut oil into your hair. Then your hair is wrapped in a hot steaming towel for a few minutes and the oil is rinsed out.

"If you do this on a regular basis your hair gets stronger, thicker and shinier, and it makes your hair grow faster," Taha says.

Southeast Asian women also have secrets to dying their hair au-naturale.

"Many Southeast Asian women do not want chemicals in their hair, but they want to dye it or cover up gray hairs," Taha says. Using Henna oil on the hair is a natural way to not only dye hair but also condition it. The result is an added brown tint that Taha says works just as well as artificial dyes. Taha also performs this natural coloring practice at her salon.



Hair blonding

A popular beauty trend from Brazil is hair blonding, where all the small hairs on the body are bleached so they become invisible.

Danielli Marcelino, a beautician at Suddenly Slimmer Salon (3313 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix) uses a cream that not only blondes the hair but also gives the skin underneath a golden, sun-kissed look.

"It will extenuate your tan," Marcelino says. "Most people get their arms, tummy and back done." And with the procedure lasting from six weeks to two months, frequent repeat appointments aren't necessary.

So next time you feel like being a little exotic, embrace the natural you with these amazing beauty tips from around the globe.



Reach the reporter at megan.m.salisbury@asu.edu



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