Your Grooming Guide for Ear and Nose Hair

A thick, full beard is a respected sign of manliness. Bushy ear and nose hairs are not. No man has ever looked his best with bushy hair growing out of his nose and ears. Your grooming routine should include trimming all of your unsightly facial hair, not the hair on your face and neck. The idea that plucking and trimming hair makes it grow back more is wrong. There’s no evidence to support this, so make sure to keep yourself well-groomed.

Why the sudden hair increase?

The reason men see an increase in ear and nose hair as they age is the same reason some suffer from male-pattern baldness. Hair follicles are sensitive to testosterone exposure. Your ears and nose naturally have hairs in them. Over time, the prolonged exposure to testosterone will change the way hair grows. When hormone levels change, these hairs grow darker, coarser and longer. This means you’re not growing more hair in your nose, the hair you already have is just growing differently. Your genetics play a part in it too. Guys with a family history of hair men are more likely to notice increased nose and ear hair.


Tall people have to be extra attention to their nose hair because people look up to you and into your nostrils. Shorter people should pay extra attention to your ear hair because that’s what people will likely see. However, in either scenario, all guys should pay attention to both ear and nose hair.

Trimming nose hair

For quick touch-ups invest in some grooming scissors. These are smaller with a rounded tip for safety. Grooming scissors should only be used for nose and ear grooming to lower the risk of infections and the spread of bacteria. These scissors are great for when you’re on the go and you notice a few rogue ear or nose hairs. If you see these nosy whiskers, other people can too. Don’t use tweezers to clean up your hair. Not only is plucking your nose hair very, very painful, but it also puts you at risk for infection.

Nose hair trimmers are designed specifically to trim your nose hairs. These electric grooming tools often have a light so you can see better. Start by cutting the outer hairs and then move farther into your nose. The best trimmers typically have dual rotary blades for precise, accurate cuts. Keep in mind that some nose hair is important. Your nose hair acts as a natural barrier to bacteria and germs.


Trimming ear hair

Ear hair can be itchy and uncomfortable. It’s also an embarrassing sign of aging. To remove yourself from this hairy situation, your best option is to invest in some electric ear hair trimmers. In most cases, you can use the same trimmer to cut back the hair in your nose and ears. Tweezers and scissors will remove the hair but are a riskier option. These tools must be used carefully to avoid infections and accidents. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to ear hair but it’s costly.

Whether you’re grooming your nose or your ears, make sure to trim your hair in good lighting and in front of a mirror. You don’t want to damage your hearing or your nose by blindly snipping away. Clean out your nose and ears before grooming for the most effective trim.

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