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Like a lot of women, I started down the long road of body hair removal at the onset of puberty. First came DIY techniques: plucking, bleaching, shaving. As I got older I moved into "it takes a village" territory: waxing, electrolysis, and lasers.

I was always most concerned with my eyebrows – I even used to carry a pair of tweezers with me to high school. But maintaining good eyebrows takes either a great deal of time, or a great deal of money.

Or so I thought -- until the day that I laid eyes upon the most thrilling eyebrows I have ever seen. Their owner told me her secret: Vinita's in Westwood, where they practice the ancient art of threading.

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Threading works by the practitioner holding one end a piece of cotton thread between her teeth, and twisting the other end with her hand. She then uses the thread to entangle precise, straight lines of hair and pull them out from the follicle. Like waxing or plucking, it lasts for about 2-3 weeks.

The first time I went in to Vinita's, my eyebrows were stumpy and weirdly thick from a bad wax job. It's cozy inside, just one square room with four salon chairs lined up against the north-facing wall and a separate room for waxing. They only take walk-ins, and there's a sign-up sheet at the door where you put down your name, what service you're there for, and who you'd like to see. I had been instructed to ask for Christina or Jen.

After signing in, I waited for about ten minutes before Christina called my name and led me over to her chair.

"Just your eyebrows?" she asked in her lilting accent.

"Yes," I replied.