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How to Get Eyebrows into Shape and Remove Ear and Nose Hair: A Guide for Men

Updated on April 11, 2018
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A beauty consultant and former hairdresser by profession, Jayne has been helping men and women improve their appearance for almost 20 years.

A guide to keeping overgrown, unruly eyebrows under control, correcting a unibrow, and removing hairs poking from the ears and nostrils for a perfectly groomed appearance.


Once-upon-a-time, the only effective way of getting rid of nostril hair was by plucking, which must have brought a tear to many a man’s eye. Ear hair was removed by singeing, which was usually done by a barber, as was the trimming and tidying up of eyebrows.

Nowadays, however, all of these things can be done painlessly and effortlessly in the comfort of your own home.

Invest in a Facial Hair Trimmer

For getting rid of nostril and ear hair, a facial hair trimmer is essential. You can purchase one for as little as $10.00.

A facial hair trimmer is not the same as a beard trimmer or clipper. The latter is for trimming the sort of facial hair you’ve chosen to grow, like a beard, mustache or sideburns. The former is designed for the facial hair you’d rather be without, like nostril and ear hair, and to tidy unruly eyebrows.

There are two types of facial hair trimmer: one has a nozzle and is ideal for nostril and ear hair; the other has a single cutter and a guard, which makes it ideal to trim eyebrows. The cutter type is usually recommended for both jobs, but tends to be less effective on nostril hair.

Make sure the trimmer you choose is waterproof (wet ‘n’ dry). For reasons of hygiene, it will need to be washed after every use.

A facial hair trimmer with a nozzle (left) and one with a cutter and guard (right).
A facial hair trimmer with a nozzle (left) and one with a cutter and guard (right). | Source

How to Trim Nostril and Ear Hair

To trim nasal hair, insert the nozzle into the nostril, turn the trimmer on, and trim in all directions. If you turn the device on before entering the nostril, it will pull the hair, which is painful.

Use the trimmer for your ears in the same way. You can also run it along the tops of your ears in case you have hair growing there too.

Trimming nose and ear hair takes no more than about 45 seconds in total. What could be quicker and easier?

How to Trim Unruly Eyebrows with a Trimmer

You'll need a cutter type trimmer for your eyebrows.

Comb or brush your brows in the direction of growth, then attach the long-hair guard to the trimmer and run it over your brows against the direction of growth (against the grain). If your brows are still unruly, go over them again with the short-hair guard.

How to Trim Unruly Eyebrows with a Comb and Scissors

For this you'll need a fine-toothed comb (best is a mustache comb) and mustache or straight edge nail scissors.

Working inwardly (toward the bridge of the nose), run the comb through your brows, snipping all hairs that poke through its teeth. Snip only about half the length of each hair. If your brows are still unruly, go over them again.

How to Define Eyebrows

Once you've trimmed the main body of your brows, you may want to define their contours for a more clean-cut look.

  1. Apply petroleum jelly or a very strong hair gel to your brows and comb upwardly—the petroleum jelly or gel will hold them firmly in place.
  2. Using mustache or straight edge nail scissors, snip off any hairs that poke out above the upper contour.
  3. Remove the petroleum jelly or gel and you should be left with perfectly contoured brows.

How to Correct a Unibrow

Plucking is your best option if you want to correct a unibrow. Shaving offers an alternative, although this will leave a shadow if you're dark, and would probably need repeating at least every two days.

Extract hair in the direction of growth using tweezers. To make the procedure less painful, pull the skin taut above the bridge of the nose.

Don’t pluck beyond the bridge of the nose, or your brows will be too wide apart and appear unnatural. As a guide, hold a pencil or similar object up from the outer side of the nostril. The point at which it meets the brow bone is where the brow should begin.

Shaving leaves a shadow if you are dark, so plucking is your best option if you want to correct a unibrow.
Shaving leaves a shadow if you are dark, so plucking is your best option if you want to correct a unibrow. | Source

How to Tame Eyebrows

The idea of applying lip balm to eyebrows may seem bizarre, but it works beautifully as a pomade to keep everything in place.

Using your ring finger, stroke a little balm along your brow and brush or comb into shape. A diagonal upward-outward sweep usually gives best results. There are brush and comb combinations designed specifically for eyebrows (these are regarded as a makeup tool and marketed for women), but a fine toothed mustache comb or soft toothbrush works equally well.

Other options to tame brows are hairspray, petroleum jelly, mustache wax and eyebrow gel, but lip balm looks most natural and is a great conditioner. Best are organic products with castor oil and beeswax.

Removing Hair from the Tip of the Nose

As well as the problem of nostril hairs, some men also discover hairs sprouting from the tip of the nose. These can be as coarse and bristly as beard hair, although sparser.

Shaving hair in this area can make it look as though you have blackheads, especially if you're very dark. Waxing may be an option, but could lead to broken capillaries and permanent redness. Apart from that, it won't work if the hairs are too short.

You may, however, try pore cleansing strips like those by Bioré. These are designed to remove blackheads from the nose area, and often remove hair too.

As long as you work slowly to avoid damage, plucking is probably the safest and most foolproof method of removal. This is best done directly after a warm shower or bath when the pores are open. Using tweezers, extract the hairs working in the direction of growth.

Bleaching is another option if you're fair skinned. It obviously can't remove the hairs, but it can make them invisible.

Use a product formulated specifically for facial hair like Jolen Creme Bleach and follow the enclosed instructions exactly. Never use a bleaching product intended for the hair of the head, since it would harm your skin.

© 2016 Jayne Lancer


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    • Jayne Lancer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jayne Lancer 

      18 months ago from West London, UK

      @ John Dove

      If you read my profile, you may get a better understanding of why I might find techniques of hair removal interesting, whether for men or women and whether from the nostrils, the ears, the legs, the armpits or elsewhere.

      To your second question: I explain in the article that you should first place the trimmer in the nostril and then turn on in order to avoid pulling. To find a trimmer that works well, perhaps you could look at customer recessions on Amazon. The two men I used for my research in this article have no problems with their trimmers, which are of different makes.

      Hope that helps.

    • John Dove profile image

      John Dove 

      22 months ago

      Hi Jayne--

      Your topic here is very relevant, but . . .

      My first question is why do so many women write about men's nose hair?

      My second question is more of a comment. I've tried the sort of cylindrical device with the battery operated spinning blades inside, and it doesn't work.

      Not only do my nose hairs remain after I'm done, but the device grabs hairs and pulls them so that they hurt. My device sits unused and useless in the medicine cabinet. Perhaps we need a good review of the best of these devices by men who have tried them.

      For now, I'll stick to my small scissors.

    • Jayne Lancer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jayne Lancer 

      3 years ago from West London, UK

      Thank you, Buildreps. Yes, plucking hairs between the brows is painful the first time, but it's something you get used to - it hurts less the more you do it.

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      3 years ago from Europe

      I used to have hears between my eyebrows, until my first girlfriend plucked them out with a tweezers. That hurted! Nice article.


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