Hair. We all have it. Some of us wish we had more of it, especially on our heads. But what if you have ear hair that just won't quit? Some guys find they are shaving, trimming, waxing, and tweezing at their ear hair almost daily.
While hair on your ears isn't bad for your health and is entirely normal, it may be bad for your love life, as most people claim to prefer their mates with less body hair. If excess ear hair doesn't bother you, you're all set! Go live your life. If, however, you are one of the millions of men who would prefer having less ear hair, keep reading to learn about the different methods for ear hair removal.
Introduction to ear hair removal
There’s hair outside and inside your ears. Usually it's harmless, even if there’s lots of it. It is very rare to have long hair on your outer ear. The only place this is more common is India and Sri Lanka. Condolences if you are one of them. Ear fuzz, however, is extremely common, especially on the outer ear.
What is ear hair, why does it grow there?
Men see an increase in ear hair and nose hair growth as they age. Doctors think it may be because of increased testosterone. This hormone makes hair coarser and thicker as it grays.
Some of the hair in your ears serve important purposes. The hair in your inner ear works with earwax to keep dirt and debris away from your eardrum.
Farther inside your ear canal, you have tiny hairs that help you hear and keep your balance. These hairs live in ear canals full of fluid. When you move, the liquid moves with you. This bends the hairs and tells your body where it is in space. So don't go too crazy getting every last hair deep inside your entire ear removed.
Why do men want to remove ear hair?
Has your partner ever picked at your face like an ape? It happens. Whether you hate the look of ear hair, the feel of ear hair, or the excess wax that accumulates, there are many reasons you might want to get rid of ear hair. (Women usually prefer their partners to prioritize ear hair removal).
Maybe you've tried some of these methods before, but some may be new to you.
Best Ways To Remove Ear Hair
Shave: All you need is a razor and some shaving cream. The downsides: You might cut yourself, and the results won’t last long. Your hair will likely grow back in 1–3 days. Your skin might get irritated from the razor, or your hair might grow back . This causes sore bumps called ingrown hairs. To trim inside your ear, use an electric razor made for the job, not a straight razor.
Ear Trimmers: This is a super easy and convenient way to remove hair from your ears. The risk of cutting yourself is next to nothing and can easily be incorporated into your morning grooming routine. This is a safe and effective method but will have to be done several times a week.
Plucking: Use tweezers to grab the base of a strand of hair and pull it out. Since it will come out by the root, it can take 1–8 weeks for it to grow back. Plucking ear hair can be very painful and upset the hair follicles, but once done, your ears will feel amazingly smooth. It can be hard to see exactly what you are doing, so most men ask their partner to pluck those hard to see spots.
Wax: If not done properly, waxing your ear hair can really tear up your skin. There are waxing kits you can purchase online or you can see a professional. Either cold or hot wax is used to remove hair and keep it off for 2–8 weeks. After the wax is spread on, it hardens. Finally, a paper strip is used to pull the wax off quickly, which also pulls out the hair. Ouch! Your ears won't be happy during this process but will feel wonderful once the process is over.
Hair removal cream: Hair removal creams are also called depilatories. Make sure to check the ingredients to ensure you aren't allergic to anything before you use them. Some of these creams can irritate your skin. Use them only on the outer part of your ear. You will apply the cream to your ears and wait about ten minutes before wiping them off. Be prepared for a strong chemical smell, and keep these creams away from your inner ear.
Laser Hair Removal: It will take 4-8 sessions with a professional but laser hair removal will target the bulb of your hair and use heat to destroy it. It’s expensive but it gets rid of ear hair forever. You'll never have to worry about ear hair again!
Is removing ear hair safe?
Ear hair removal is safe as long as you are taking the proper precautions. You can go the professional route and have someone laser off your ear hair or use hot wax. If you don't want to venture out into the ear hair removal world, you are safe to stay home and use a small trimmer or the deliberate and slow plucking method.
No matter what you decide to do to tame that pesky ear hair, you'll find a way to be a little less hairy and feel a little more fine and free.