MARSHALL - If you have excess hair on your face and body that you want removed but aren't thrilled with waxing or other hair removal procedures, there is an alternative.
New to Marshall is threading for hair removal.
Sima Wewetzer learned the technique 30 years ago in her native country of Iran. She said it's been used in the Middle East and Far East for centuries, but it's a relatively new hair removal technique in the western world.
Photo by Karin Elton
Sima Wewetzer, owner of Sima’s Beauty Salon in Marshall, demonstrates the ancient art of threading for hair removal. With one end of a string tied around her neck Wewetzer rapidly turns the other end of the thread to make it strong and moves it back and forth on the skin, pulling hair out by the roots. Wewetzer, who is originally from Tehran, Iran, uses thread from her native country.
"Most Indian and Persian salons use threading and you will find it in California and some other states," Wewetzer said.
Wewetzer said soon beauty colleges will have threading as part of their curriculum.
Wewetzer has had a hair salon on East College Drive in Marshall for about five years now and hair removal is one of the services she offers in addition to cutting and styling hair.
She said her shop is the only place around that offers threading for hair removal.
She can do waxing, but for people who want to try another way or have sensitive skin, she can do threading as well.
"The result is better," she said. "The hair comes out from the root, so after awhile, it doesn't come back."
She also said that threading is good for the skin.
"It stimulates the blood," she said. "It's very healthy."
Wewetzer said the procedure is "sanitary and involves no needles and no pain. It's all natural."
Wewetzer charges $10 for hair removal on the upper lip or chin. She offers bridal packages where she can do hair removal in addition to hair and makeup for the bride as well as facials, manicures and pedicures.
She started in the beauty business doing makeup and hair for models and brides.
After moving to the United States in 1978, she has lived in New York and California among other places. In addition to hair styling, Wewetzer is also an artist who sells her art through her website, www.artsbysima.com