Welcome to PrimandPrep’s complete guide to proper ear hair removal.
One of the biggest problems we men face as we age is the sudden appearance of stray hairs in places we’ve never before had them.
It truly seems to be that as the hair starts fading off the scalp as we go bald, that it begins to migrate to other, less desirable places—especially the ears.
On the other hand, some of us seem to suffer from excessive ear hair no matter what our age.
We have extensively researched and tested the man techniques of ear hair removal
This article will break down the best methods to remove that pesky ear hair.
Some of the possible options can work well for removing either type of hair, while others are best left for hair growing on the surface of the ear or nose and definitely not for the stuff growing directly out of them.
On the other hand, some methods, such as using an ear or nose trimmer, are really only designed for nostrils and ear canals.
So choosing the right method also depends on exactly where the hair is sprouting from and also how much extra unwanted hair there is.
When it comes to removing ear hair (or nose hair for that matter), there are a few different options, depending on how much time and money you want to spend and also where the hair is.
For instance, removing hair from the lobes and outer part of the ear requires a different process from removing those hairs growing directly out of the nostrils or ear canal (which is one of those problems that just seems to go along with aging).
Best Ear Hair Removal Methods
#1 Shaving Your Ear Hair
If you happen to just have extra hairs growing on the outside of your ears or on the tip of the nose, shaving is probably the quickest way to get rid of them.
However, this method of ear hair removal is also probably the least effective, as you’ll most likely need to do it a few times a week to prevent the problem from sprouting up again.
If you do plan on shaving off your nose or ear hair, we would definitely recommend doing it with an electric razor, as otherwise, you could easily end up slicing your ears up with a regular razor.
For hairs that are growing out of the ear canal there are really only one or two safe, surefire options.
The easiest of which is investing in a nose/ear hair trimmer.
Not only is it the easiest, but it’s also the only option that can easily be done on your own.
If you’ve never used one of these products before, be prepared for the fact that they can tickle a bit but are otherwise painless.
Like shaving your facial hair, depending on how fast your ear hair grows, this may be something you need to do fairly often to keep those ears hair free.
But it really isn’t much of an inconvenience as it only takes a second or two to clean up even the most overgrown ear canals.
Lucky for you, we have already performed exhaustive research and testing on the best ear/nose hair trimmers of 2018 and constructed a detailed buyer’s guide for your convenience:
Waxing. Waxing is another popular way to remove excess hair on and around the outside of the ears, but obviously this method only works for surface hair, as you definitely don’t want your ear canals or nostrils filled with wax. As far as effectiveness goes, waxing is definitely a better option than shaving, as it removes the entire hair from the root up, meaning it will be weeks or months before it starts to sprout again.
Of course, you should also be prepared to deal with a bit of pain if you plan on having your ears waxed, as you’ll be ripping the hairs out by their root. We’d probably put this one in the middle of the road as far as ear hair removal is concerned, as its more effective than shaving but less effective than other methods like electrolysis and laser treatments. That being said, it’s a bit of a tradeoff, as waxing is also much cheaper than these other methods. This is also another method that can be done on your own, although there are many men who head to the spa or salon for this treatment.
Tweezing or Plucking. If you suddenly notice just a few stray hairs growing around your ears, you may want to simply pick up a pair of tweezers and pluck them out. Although it can be a bit painful, it’s definitely effective and much easier than getting waxed. However, we probably would only recommend it for emergencies or when you only have a few hairs to remove—otherwise there are surely better options out there.
- Recommended Tweezers for ear and nose hair: Simply Essentials Tweezers Set
Hair Removal Creams & Depilatories. A depilatory, which is a fancy technical term for hair remover, is typically a cream or lotion that contains chemical compounds that work to dissolve the proteins in hair. You’re likely familiar with Nair (or one of the other similar brands), but you’ve probably never thought about using it for ear hair removal.
As a matter of fact, we hadn’t either, but after doing a bit of research we discovered that there are plenty of men who swear by it. In terms of ease, this process couldn’t be simpler, as all you need to do is apply the cream, wait 5-10 minutes and then wipe it off and the hair will follow. Nonetheless, while it may be easy and fairly effective, these creams can sometimes burn (although some brands much more so than others). All in all, these hair removal creams can do a decent job for hair around the ear and the results should last for at least several weeks.
- Recommended depilatory: Nair Men Hair Removal Cream
Laser Ear Hair Removal. One of the more recent additions to the ear hair removal game, laser ear hair removal is one that is starting to catch on amongst men with a certain skin and hair color. This treatment uses pulses of light that work over time to impair the hair follicle to the point where it may eventually never return.
Laser ear hair removal typically takes multiple sessions and can be somewhat costly though, so it’s definitely not for everyone. In addition, most dermatologists really only recommend it for men with lighter skin and usually only for those with darker hair. Along with electrolysis, it’s also one of the only methods that have been approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal.
Electrolysis. If you’re looking for something that is truly permanent and works on virtually anyone, electrolysis might just be right for you. It can be used to remove excess hair from any part of the body, including inside the ear canals or nostrils, and in truth, is probably the most effective removal method currently available. However, like laser ear hair removal, it can be quite cost prohibitive as it also requires multiple treatment sessions to fully and permanently eliminate the excess hairs.
Still, there are actually quite a few different methods of electrolysis, some of which cost more than others, so it’s a good idea to get a consultation or at least a few estimates to see what sort of price you’re looking at. The other thing to keep in mind is that it can be quite time consuming if a lot of hair needs to be removed. Electrolysis typically uses a tiny needle, which is inserted into the base of hair follicle and uses tiny electrical impulses to kill the follicle and thus prevent the hair from returning. The issue is that each hair needs to be treated individually, which is why it sometimes takes so long. However, it shouldn’t take that long to treat most nose or ear hair problems.
Singeing. Extra ear hair—why not burn it off? We’re serious, burning or singeing off excess ear hair is an excellent option, provided you can find a barber in your area that offers this service (never EVER try this one at home). Performed for centuries in Turkey, the rest of the world has only recently started catching on to singeing as a legitimate and effective ear hair removal practice. Singeing involves the barber taking a cotton swab soaked in alcohol, lighting in on fire, then gently tapping the burning cotton up against the ear to singe or burn off all the hair.
Of course, if not done properly it could end up catching your entire head on fire, which is why we again must stress that it should only be attempted by a trained professional. If we had to choose a favorite method, it would definitely be this one, as not only can it be used for both hair on the ears and in the canals, but it’s much cheaper than electrolysis or laser ear hair removal, less painful than waxing and more effective than shaving. In fact, unless you happen to have super hairy ears, getting it done every time you get your hair cut should be sufficient to keep you from looking like a caveman.
Considering all of your available options, you really have no reason not to finally get rid of those unwanted ear and nose hairs. For the average man, shaving or singeing is probably the way to go, but if you’re looking for something more permanent, laser ear hair removal and electrolysis are great options (as long as you’re prepared to spend several hundred dollars or more). At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what method you choose, just as long as you do something to prevent those unwanted hairs from making you look like a slob.
Either way, having tufts of hair poking out on and around your ears or nostrils is definitely not the most attractive look—or at least that’s what most women will readily tell you. While there are certain types of body and facial hair that we highly recommend keeping (beards, armpits, legs), there is also hair that no self-respecting man should hold on to, including back (how to shave your back), ear and nose hair. So, if you want to look your best, it’s important that you do something about all of that extra hair or those long hairs protruding from your nose onto your upper lip. The only problem is that most of us haven’t the faintest idea about ear hair removal or how to trim nose hair, which is where we come in.
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