Tips For Getting Rid Of Nose Hair
No doubt you remember laughing at that teacher at school who seemed to have a small bush sprouting out of his nose? Now, as you’re getting older do you ever worry you’re turning into him? If your greatest concern when taking a selfie is how to disguise your burgeoning nasal hair, it’s definitely time to take action and find out a way of getting rid of the embarrassing problem once and for all.
The good news is that excess nose hair is a surprisingly common problem (and yes, women can get it too, so tell your girlfriend to stop laughing), but if you don’t deal with it effectively, it could have a major impact on your self-confidence.
Why Do I Grow So Much Nasal Hair?
We all have nasal hair, but depending on your age and your genes you might have more of it than other people. Interestingly, one potential upside is that if you have high testosterone levels your nose hair will grow more thickly, so you can at least be proud of your virility the next time you’re contorting in front of the mirror trying to pluck the offending hairs.
Although you might be viewing your nasal hair as a problem, in fact it has a key role to play in collecting moisture while preventing debris and dirt from being sucked into your lungs. That means you need some nose hair, although getting rid of the excess is still a good idea.
Down To The Nitty Gritty – How Do I Get Rid Of It?
You can narrow down the solution to excess nasal hair to just two words – nose trimmers. In case you’re wondering, they’re nothing like a beard trimmer. With a stubby round edge, they cut down your nose hair to the perfect length.
You can either buy a manual nose trimmer or an electric one depending on how high tech you want to go. You should be able to get your hands on an electric model pretty easily and they are simple and efficient to use. You might find it a little more tricky to find a manual one as they’re pretty rare. You can also use a specific nose hair and moustache trimming pair of scissors with round edges to avoid accidental damage.
Using these scissors are quite time-consuming and complicated, so unless you really enjoy getting hands on with your nasal hair, you might want to go for an electric version. Whichever you opt for, using a properly designed nose hair trimmer is the best way to avoid damage to this sensitive area of your body since it has been specially designed to make accidental cuts virtually impossible.
How Often Do I Need To Cut My Nose Hair?
The answer to that question is going to vary between different people. If you’re lucky, you might only need to trim your nose hair every couple of months, but some unfortunate souls may find they need to do it every couple of weeks depending on their rate of hair growth.
Things To Avoid
Your nose hair may be the bane of your life, but whatever you do, don’t compromise your health and well-being in an attempt to get hair-free nasal passages. Cutting nose hair too short or trying to get rid of it completely is a sure-fire way to damage your lungs, since there won’t be an effective barrier in place to stop all kinds of germs and dirt getting in there every time you breathe.
Plucking your nose hair is another absolute no-no. So many guys have no idea of the risks associated with doing this, and loads of you will be guilty of this misdemeanour (don’t worry, I won’t ask you to publicly admit to it!) So, what’s wrong with plucking?
Well, for a start anyone who has ever done it will testify to the fact that it hurt. A lot. Also, it causes bleeding, and that encourages bacteria to come and grow there. Since your facial veins have no protective valves, bacteria is able to get straight into your bloodstream from your nose to cause infections elsewhere in your body. Yes, it’s gross – so ditch the tweezers.
If I Can’t Pluck Them, How Do I Prevent My Nose Hair From Getting Ridiculously Long?
Since we can’t eliminate the problem of nose hair, we need to put a routine in place to keep on top of excessive growth. You need to make sure that it stays just long enough to avoid lung damage while ensuring you aren’t embarrassed to leave the house. Regular trimming is the key, using a quality nose trimmer. You’ll need to work out the time it takes for your nasal hair to grow so that you can get the timing right. Once you’ve decided trimming time is on the horizon, here’s a useful routine to put in place.
- Make sure you’re in a room with plenty of light.
- Clean your nose and remove any moisture – you really don’t want to deal with that kind of mess.
- Hold your nostrils up and flare. You should press your nostrils upwards so you look like a pig (don’t worry, nobody’s looking!) This allows you to look deep inside your nose to get all the excess hair.
- Use a clear, large mirror and if you need to, use a magnified mirror to give you better precision. It’s best if you can do this over the sink – things are about to get messy.
- Take the nose trimmer around in a circular motion, making sure to get all the long strands which pop out. Don’t push your trimmer deep into the nostril.
- Once you’ve gone around once, blow or rinse your nose to get rid of stray hairs then go round once more.
- Don’t press the trimmer too hard into your nose. You only need to sweep around gently to get the appropriate length. Pressing down hard could cut your nose and that could result in an infection – and we already talked about why that was a bad idea.
Nose hair might be an embarrassing issue, but remember we all have it. The key is to make sure that it doesn’t affect your appearance and your confidence. Follow this simple, regular routine and you’ll find that the next time you take a selfie you won’t be worrying about turning into your old teacher.