Threading is an ancient method of hair removal originating in the Eastern world (mostly the Arab world and India). It is becoming popular in the Western world slowly and I'm sure you will have seen one or two places beginning to offer it.
The threading procedure is when a twisted cotton thread which is rolled over areas of unwanted hair, pulling the hair at the follicle level. A common misconception of this treatment is that the hairs are removed from skin level upwards, like shaving, but this is wrong as the hairs are in fact pulled out from the root.
In my opinion it is a lot better than waxing, especially when used on eyebrows as the shape difference is outstanding. To get a well defined shape after a wax you also need to spend time individually tweezing out hairs. Or, if you prefer tweezing all over you will know its a long process to pluck hairs out one by one while checking both brows are the same shape. Also with waxing, it can leave the skin hot or irritated for quite some time. This is not the case with threading. The skin is fine afterwards as there is no heat involved.
Threading is most often used for eyebrows but can be used all over the face. It is a fast procedure as rows of hairs are pulled out at the one time.
Because a large area of hair is removed at once, it could be painful but I find that this only happens when the beautician is a novice. I've been getting my brows threaded for over a year now and can truly say that when the beautician does it correctly is is not painful in the slightest. Ive had my brows waxed twice as part of an HD Brows treatment and can definitely say that it is sorer than threading.
What method do you prefer?