How to Trim Nose Hair: Tips for Safe and Painless Nose Hair Removal
Nose hair getting out of control? Learn how to trim nose hair safely and painlessly to enhance your handsome.
As a teenager, your father probably didn’t teach you the fine art of trimming nose hair. That’s likely because nose hair doesn’t truly become a problem for most guys until they start getting older.
But now, your bushy nostrils have grown into a distracting and unattractive sight—a big problem when you’re exploring the dating scene. Trust us when we say that your date isn’t going to love the untamed hair coming out your nose. If you’ve never trimmed your nose hairs before, let us save you from a painful lesson.
Here are three things you should know for a painless, nose-tweezing experience:
- Plucking and waxing all of your nose hair is dangerous and should be avoided.
- A good nose hair trimmer is easy to use and is by and large the best way to keep nose hairs in check.
- Be on the watch for ingrown nose hairs, which can potentially lead to infection.
Don’t Pluck or Wax Your Nose Hair—Ever
Fun fact: The inside of your nose has a ton of sensory nerve endings that detect odors and transmit smell sensations to the brain. The abundance of nerve endings in your nasal cavity is why it’s excruciatingly painful to pluck a hair from your nose compared to the hair on your head.
Unless you enjoy pain and watering eyes, put down the tweezers and never let them near your nose again. Not only is tweezing and waxing nose hair painful, it could lead to a serious and even life-threatening infection.
Besides, your nose hair plays an important role in the body by filtering out harmful toxins and dirt. In fact, a 2011 study published in International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that patients with more nose hair were less likely to suffer from asthma compared to those with little nose hair (see claim: “Few nasal hairs significantly increased the risk of developing asthma…”)
Invest in a Good Nose Trimmer
With the men’s grooming industry growing rapidly in the last few years, there is no longer a good excuse for not buying a decent nose trimmer. These battery-operated devices have trimmers enclosed in a guard that make it virtually impossible to hurt yourself.
The guard on your nose hair trimmer also purposely leaves some of the hair behind. This is important because as we mentioned above, your nose hairs serve a critical function.
You can also buy tiny scissors that are made specifically for trimming nose hair. Although the tips are rounded for your safety, you still need to be careful to avoid removing too much hair or nicking the inside of your nose.
Before you trim your nose hairs, find a time where you don’t feel so rushed. Unlike your daily skin care routine, where using face wash both morning and night is crucial, you don’t need to trim your nose hair at a specific time of the day.
Find a time where you can trim hairs slowly and carefully. Being slow and careful is especially important when you’re using grooming scissors.
If you try to do a rush job, you might nick the inside of your nose and cause it to bleed. Take your time and trim your nose hair in good lighting for the best results.
Be Careful with Ingrown Hairs
If you’ve ever shaved your beard and noticed red, painful bumps on your skin, you’re probably familiar with ingrown facial hair. These frustrating bumps are even more painful and hard to deal with when they’re located inside your nose.
Unfortunately, the method you use to get rid of ingrown facial hair on your face isn’t the same method for treating ingrown nose hairs. You’ll want to be extremely careful with anything you put inside your nostrils.
While most ingrown nose hairs will go away on their own, be on the lookout for signs of infection such as swelling and redness. According to a 2017 study published in Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, nose hair picking was cited as a significant risk factor of infected nose hairs in patients (see claim: “Identified risk factors for NV included nasal hair plucking…”)
Clean Your Nose Hair Trimmers
You should clean your nose hair trimmers regularly for two reasons. The first reason being that the blades can get clogged with hair and become dull over time.
The second reason is for sanitary purposes. As with any of your grooming tools, a nose trimmer can get pretty gross with regular use. Cleaning it regularly will reduce the likelihood of infection and keep the trimmer in good shape.
How you clean your trimmers depends on the type of trimmer in question. However, most trimmers can easily be wiped with an antiseptic pad.
Nose hairs aren’t attractive in the slightest and can sneak up on guys as they age. If your nose hairs aren’t yet out of control, this is a good opportunity to get on a regular grooming regimen to ensure that you look your best. With a weekly or bi-weekly trim, you won’t need to worry about scaring off a potential date with your nose hair.