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How to Remove Ear and Nose Hair, and Tame Unruly Eyebrows

Updated on November 17, 2016
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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.

How to get rid of irritating ear and nostril hair, as well as hair growing at the tip of the nose. Find out, too, the best way to correct a unibrow and tidy up unruly eyebrows.

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 carried out 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 home.

Invest in a Facial Hair Trimmer

For getting rid of nostril and ear hair, a facial hair trimmer is essential. These can be purchased 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 in your ear and nose openings.

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).

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 Contour Eyebrows

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

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

How to Correct a Unibrow

Shaving leaves a shadow if you’re dark, so you’ll have to pluck if you want to correct a unibrow.

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 look unnatural.

Shaving leaves a shadow if you are dark, so plucking is your only choice if you want to correct a unibrow.
Shaving leaves a shadow if you are dark, so plucking is your only choice if you want to correct a unibrow.

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 especially for eyebrows, but a fine toothed mustache comb or soft toothbrush works equally well.

Other options to tame brows are hairspray, Vaseline, 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

Surprisingly, a lot of men find hairs growing at 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 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.

Photo Credits

First image by Alvimann (

Second and third images by Nick Stevis with kind permission.

© 2016 Jayne Lancer


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      Jayne Lancer 16 months 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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      Buildreps 16 months 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.