Here's an exciting phenomenon of aging you may or may not be aware of: Your ears start sprouting hair! And with it comes the grim duty of ear-hair removal.
As it turns out, these follicles aren't exactly new. They were there all along, but now the testosterone levels in your body are causing them to sprout like never before. (The sad irony of aging is that we simultaneously lose the hair up top due to a testosterone byproduct, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.) Well, you’re not alone in wanting to remove these pesky hairs. While we’ll happily encourage guys to embrace their hairy selves, it’s these thick, unruly ones growing out your nose and ears that we wholeheartedly recommend managing.
Some guys have dark, fuzzy earlobes as well, and if that's not to their liking, they have the same curiosity: How do I zap these hairs? In this instance, we’ll take a neutral “do whatever you wanna do” stance, but we’re happy to advise if you choose a smoother, less hirsute path.
If you search the web for "ear hair removal tips," you’ll get lots of suggestions on plucking, waxing, and shaving. Allow us to be the ones to tell you, then, that you should never wax or shave the hairs inside your ear canal, no matter how unruly and large these hairs may be. Tweezing, okay, fine, but only the big ones that stick all the way out of your inner ear. Never stick a tweezer or anything into your actual ear canal. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ditto for hot wax or anything sharp.
And if you so choose to remove the fuzz around your ear itself, we’d still implore you to keep sharp razors and hot wax away from there. Perhaps you could visit a professional for a gentle, effective wax removal session if you insist, or speak to your dermatologist about professional laser removal if it’s absolutely dire. But your ears are delicate things, and this is a pretty vain thing we’re discussing. Even though we’re here with you for the process, we’re not advising anything high-risk.
There’s one simple device that can handle either task, however. You’ll find it available from various brands, and it removes ear hair and nose hairs, and even snips eyebrow hairs with ease and efficiency. As luck would have it, this device is also useful for spot-checking facial hair or trimming your whiskers into a unique beard style.
Best of all, these devices are totally safe to insert into the canals of your ears or nose, because their blades come sheathed behind a little thimble of metal. This outer shell shields the blades from the surface of your skin, so nothing gets trimmed below that point. They snip just enough to keep errant ear hairs (and nose hairs) out of sight. As for the nose hairs, though, just don't go crazy cutting them back because they are there for a reason: They prevent you from having a runny nose, and you'll find your nose running quite a bit more if you pluck away too much inside your nostrils. (Please don’t.)
You can run this small snipper over your face to snip at single whiskers or awkward eyebrow strays. The same goes for fuzzy outer-ear hairs that you simply want to trim down to an unnoticeable level, without having to worry about slicing your ear open or dripping wax inside your ear canal. Some, as you’ll see below, even have an attachment for trimming eyebrows entirely to a uniform, ideal length.
Here, then, are our four favorite ear-hair trimmers—all of which trim far more than just your pesky older-years ear hairs. It’s an underappreciated and extremely inexpensive device that you’ll use far more frequently than you ever imagined.
Originally Appeared on GQ