If you are not in Germany, you probably can’t relate to the novelty I feel after finally finding three salons in Cologne where people have heard of threading – a treatment to get rid of excessive hair on your face (eyebrows, upper lips, etc) using thread.
When I arrived in Cologne, I went to a number of salons, and assumed that they would know of threading. I was terribly wrong. They all championed tweezing, and that never really works for me. It doesn’t have that clean finish or precision; also, I can tweeze at home – why would I go to a salon and pay for it?
After salon hopping for a couple of months, begging Pakistanis in the city for recommendations and putting my FBI-approved stalking skills to use, I finally found not one or two but THREE salons that did a fantastic job with thread.
Prince Beauty Shop
Most of Pakistanis and Indians go to Prince Beauty Shop for their hair removal needs. It’s a huge store, selling everything from veggies and lentils to embroidered dresses and traditionals sweets. It also has a salon at the back, which is much bigger that Berlik, though equally sparsely equipped. Another affordable place, where you can get your eyebrows, upper lips and chin threaded for 7€ only. You can walk in for threading, however appointments are recommended for waxing, facials and haircuts.
Full face threading: 15€
Fleischmengergasse 35, 50676 Köln
Birlik Market, 26 Heidelberger Str., Cologne
It’s a small Indian store, with a smaller cubicle at the back of the store for beauty treatments. It can hardly be called a salon, for it’s very small and hardly equipped, but the lady who runs the store (Simran) is a sweetheart and has been my go-to person for threading for almost eight months now. She is extremely affordable, speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi and German, and is very hospitable. Her services range from threading, waxing, facial and eyebrow tattoo, and to party makeup and mehndi for weddings.
Full face threading: 12€
Heidelberger Str. 26, 51065 Köln
If you thought I would only take you to back of spice-scented stores, you were wrong. Welcome to Chic Saal. Comparatively expensive to other two, it is a proper salon, equipped with all kinds of tools and fixtures, with trained staff and a wide range of products to use. Face threading at Chic Saal costs approximately 20€; I consider it justified considering it is a proper salon and you can actually feel pampered when you step out. Also, you can get a lot of things done under one roof. They are known for their hair services, so maybe indulge in a blowdry while you are there.
(Note: I went to Chic Saal when they were at Hansaring. They have now relocated and I am yet to visit the new address)
Keupstr. 114, 51063 Köln
If there are any other hidden gems that I am unaware of but you know all about it, please let me know and share the goodness in comments below. And if you’d like me to be the guinea pig and try something out for you, let me know that as well in comments below.