How to trim your nose hair - Alpha Male Nation
In contemporary times, being a fashionable and well regarded man has a lot to do with personal grooming. Undoubtedly, your face is generally the central focus point for others – yet some details sometimes go unnoticed for you, but remain very visible for others, which can lead to some pretty embarrassing situations. For instance, your nose and, more specifically what is in it. While many men are sometimes embarrassed to ask this question, it nevertheless bothers and challenges many, to such a point where an open discussion has become indeed necessary. So… how to trim your nose hair?
Why nose hair?
First of all, it should be mentioned that nose hair isn’t present there for nothing. Those follicles actually contain cilia (tiny organisms) and thicker hairs, which then combine to trap dust particles or any other microscopic elements that can turn out to be harmful for your respiratory tract or even health (for example, affect your immune system). In fact, the process of sneezing represents the cilia trying to clear the nasal passage of any unwanted microorganisms by forcefully ejecting them. After all, the human body is pretty smart, isn’t it?
How to deal with unaesthetic nose hairs?
Even so, these helpful nose hairs sometimes get out of control, especially in which concerns men. There are several theories regarding ‘rogue’ nose hair situations in males, ranging from genetics and hormonal decrease with age to reduced elastin levels and natural shrinkage of nose tissue. Regardless of the underlying reason, the fact of the matter is that men – both young and more mature – have to face this uncomfortable problem at one point or another.
But worry not – as previously mentioned, this is a common issue and it should be treated as any other cosmetic aspect. Hence, many grooming oriented companies have actually created both products and devices meant to help ease your routine and transform individual maintenance into something less burdensome. Nevertheless, there are maybe too many choices nowadays and seemingly far fewer guidelines when it comes to nose hair upkeep.
To aid you in this situation, you will find bellow a collection of the most common and accessible forms of nose hair trimming techniques, as well as some useful tips to take into consideration when embarking on this ‘bushy’ problem:
Before you pick up the first pair of scissors you have lying around, give it another thought. Since many commercial ones have a very sharp point, it wouldn’t be advised to just stick them up your nose – that is, if you don’t want to produce more damage than good to yourself. Of course, if you find one or two rebel hairs really sticking out, then you can easily just trim them away without major repercussions.
The real issue is when the inside hairs start growing out of control and negatively influence your breathing or simply become very uncomfortable to handle. If this is a common occurrence to you as a man, then you should really consider buying a pair of scissors with a rounded tip. They are pretty easy to find both in shops and online, being specifically designed to handle trimming in more delicate areas such as your nose and ears, for instance.
Once you have your scissors, it’s time to ensure you are ‘working’ in an optimal environment. Make sure your bathroom is very well lit and that your mirror of choice is not dirty or distorting in any way. Then, introduce the rounded tip gently into your nose and start trimming.
While your first instinct would be to just cut away all of the pesky hairs that are bothering you, remember that they serve a really good purpose for your health, so don’t go too deep and just try to single out only those strands that cause you the most trouble or are simply aesthetically unpleasing.
Also, be very careful how you handle your scissors – even if they are round-tipped, you can still do some pretty serious damage if you pinch your skin (and anyone who has ever had a nose sore can tell you they take a lot of time to heal and are usually pretty painful to touch).
Trimmers are a more specialized form of the round-tipped scissors, since they are obviously designed for nasal passage maintenance exclusively. However, some brands also include accessories and extensions which can be used to groom eyebrows and beards, let’s say, thus extending the trimmer’s general usage area.
Another aspect is that they come in either manual or electric format, each with its advantages and disadvantages respectively. Consequently, manual trimmers are intended to be used with both hands for optimal results and they also eliminate the issue of vibrations present on the electric ones (which can then cause the sensation of sneezing and potentially lead you towards injuring yourself or just feeling persistent discomfort). In addition, they are small, compact, easy to carry around, and you won’t have to worry about replacing any batteries. On the other hand, one downside is that they can start pinching after prolonged usage or if you deteriorate them (by dropping them on accident, for example).
However, electric trimmers use battery operated blades – which usually move in a circular or up-down motion – to precisely cut hairs. What is more, they reduce maintenance time, as well as improve the quality of grooming. Even so, as previously mentioned, they can sometimes tickle the inside of your nose and require maintenance themselves (replacing the batteries periodically).
No matter your model of choice, using trimmers to handle your nose hairs should be done in the same lighted and visually accessible environment as with the scissors. Generally, trimmers have covered blades, meaning that you are less likely to injure yourself, but it doesn’t hurt to be equally as careful in this instance as well. One unpleasant surprise you might have from time to time is hair plucking (occurs when the small strands get lodged or stuck between blades), which can be pretty painful sometimes.
Again, don’t go into ‘deforestation’ mode – take care of the wayward hairs and leave enough to have you protected against viruses and speckles of dust, as Mother Nature intended it to be.
This method of nose hair removal has both its pros and cons. Thus, using tweezers will ensure the hairs are plucked out, meaning you won’t have to think about this aspect of your grooming routine for at least a couple of weeks (until the roots start regenerating again). Moreover, they are very easy to find and purchase, as well as carry around with you basically anywhere. The disadvantage would be that pulling individual hairs from within your nose is an extremely painful action in itself, since this area is very vascularised and sensitive.
Nevertheless, if you choose to stick by this method, then invest in a good pair of tweezers, preferably ones that have slanted tips (for easier access inside the nose) and grooved handles (for better gripping). When preparing for tweezing, make sure the light you are using is working for you and not against you (by creating tricky shadows) and that your mirror is clean. This is especially more important here than in the previously mentioned cases because you really just want to pick up the hairs which are most annoying and uncomfortable, so as to not extend your ‘suffering’ too much.
The best advice when using tweezers to pluck nose hair would be to grab and pull as firmly and fast as you can, otherwise you might regret even trying this method in the first place. Some people say that applying ice on the outside might numb the area beforehand, while a number of doctors discourage this practice entirely because they argue that you could get infections easier in this way. In the end, it is up to you whether you choose this grooming technique or not, but remember: the deeper you go inside the nose cavity, the more painful it will be, so don’t be surprised or embarrassed if you shed a tear or two along the way.
As peculiar as it might seem, wax can be employed to get rid of unwanted nose hairs. Furthermore, it can be even less painful than tweezing, since it generally involves plucking all of the unwanted strands at once instead of individually. Nowadays, these sorts of nose waxing kits usually include an applicator, which is to be coated with warm wax and then introduced gently into each nostril. The errand hair strands will stick to it and, after a minute or so of hardening, the applicator can be swiftly removed, alongside your nose hair issues. The other option with nose waxing is, obviously, going to a professional, with many salons now offering this sort of service. This can turn out to be an issue if you don’t want to go ‘public’ with your nose hair problems, as well as you being very likely to flinch or (worse) shed a few tears in front of a stranger.
As with tweezing, wax offers the advantage of slower growing hairs (since you remove the root, not only the length of the hair) and a faster way of dealing with this grooming part. The downside is that, after a month, you might have to deal with ingrown hairs and, naturally, having to repeat this not so pleasant procedure once again.
Handy tips when dealing with nose hair removal
- always disinfect your device of choice – whether it is a pair of scissors, a trimmer or a pair of clippers – both before and after using (you could use rubbing alcohol, antiseptic, soap and water, etc.)
- to ease access to your nose passage, push the tip back and lean your head a bit to achieve what they call a ‘pig nose’ – this will allow you to see better and then use your selected method of hair trimming
- never introduce sharp objects into your nose – you run the risk of hurting yourself or even inhaling them (if they are really small)
- after you are done with the hair removal – especially when tweezing or waxing – you can use a cotton q-tip to rub some hydrogen peroxide to the areas you have potentially injured to avoid any bleeding or wound development
- apply an antiseptic cream or gel inside the nose cavity to avoid bacterial infections and smoothen out nose hairs
- never cut or pluck more nose hair than is necessary for your comfort – otherwise, you might end up with a bad cold or even a nasty lung infection, since your air passage is no longer properly protected against airborne toxins by those hairs
- don’t be ashamed of talking about this subject – ask your barber or closest male friends for advice when needed and seek medical advice if/ when you start noticing any pains or persistent discomfort in the nose area (whether from an ingrown hair or a wound that won’t heal, for instance)
While this is not particularly any man’s go-to topic when talking with his friends, nose hair trimming is actually an important part of male grooming and it should be treated with as much lightness in conversation as actual hair or beard maintenance, for instance. Even so, if you don’t feel like sharing this aspect of your life, you can then rely on the above presented advice in order to accurately take care of your facial routine in its entirety.
After all, every man should feel confident in his body from head to toe if he wants to be successful in all areas of his life, from work to the social element and, more importantly, the romantic side. As can be seen from the demonstration above, issues of these sorts are more than common for any man and the subsequent methods of dealing with them have become increasingly more advantageous and accessible all around the world.
In conclusion, your best choice is to give them all a try and decide for yourself which of these main ways of trimming nose hair is the best for your particular needs and wants. After all, your nose will tell the difference and let you know on its own how to solve your ‘hairy’ situation in the future.