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Ear Hair Removal

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Ear hair removal may not be something that you have heard alot about because most people don't want to talk about it. You know, it’s like the elephant in the room.

You may also be thinking that the only people who get noticeable hair on their ears are your grandpa or the weird old guy from down the street. Well, hair does not discriminate. It can pop up anywhere, at anytime. Let’s talk about how to get rid of it of those nasty lurkers safely.

Shaving

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Yes, it’s easy, inexpensive and quick. But you’ll have to shave often because you’ll be able to see the hair again in a day or so.  Using an ear hair trimmer (compare prices) is one of the only methods that allows you to safely remove hair from the top of the ear canal on your own. 

Tips- Instead of using a manual razor on the outside of your ears where you could easily cut yourself, opt for a regular electric razor and ask your barber or stylist to trim it for you when you get your haircut.

Tweezing

If you just have few stragglers, tweezing is easy to pull those hairs out and not see them again for a couple weeks. Be sure to use a quality pair of tweezers like Tweezerman Slant Tweezers (compare prices).  Poorly made tweezers will slide off hair or break it instead of pulling it out from the root.

Tips- Do not put the tweezers into your ear canal, or you could risk damaging your ear drum!  If you don’t have tilting mirrors in your bathroom, you might just have to ask for a bit of help to be able to grasp that hair. Also, hold skin taut and tweeze hair out in the direction it grows.

Waxing

A good option for removing hair on the outside part of the ear, it's is a bit more difficult to perform on yourself. But waxing removes the entire hair follicle from the root and keeps you hair-free for weeks. Unlike tweezing, you don’t have to remove each hair individually.

Tips- For home choose the pre-made wax strips over a microwaveable kit, where you have to heat up the wax and use a stick to apply it. With a strip you don’t have to worry about any wax dripping into your ear canal.  If you find it hard to do on yourself, ask  someone for help or make an appointment at your local salon or spa with a professional.

Sugaring

This method, is also like waxing, where you can remove a lot of hair at once on the outside of the ear from the root. Many agree that it hurts less than waxing and is gentler because it doesn't stick as much to the skin. So it's a great method if you have sensitive skin.

Tips- Here again, you don’t want sticky sugar dripping in your ear. Unfortunately, I haven't found any pre-made sugaring strips. So you'll have to apply it with an applicator and place a small piece of cotton in your ear to protect your canal or find a sugaring tech in your area. 

Learn more: Sugaring Hair Removers

Laser Hair Removal

Using pulsed light and multiple treatments to impair the hair follicle, it’s FDA approved for permanent hair reduction. You may be a candidate if you have dark hair and skin on the lighter side. 

Tips- Always seek out a professional and book a consultation first before getting treatments and see what the total cost will be. You'll want to find someone reputable and have all of your questions answered.

Electrolysis

The best track record over any other hair removal method, it’s FDA approved for permanent hair removal. Like laser hair removal, electrolysis also takes multiple treatments to destroy the root of the hair. But unlike laser, you don’t need a certain hair and skin color.

Tips- There are different types of electrolysis. Look for a licensed electrologist in your area and book a consultation first to have all of your questions answered (including approximate total cost) and find out what type of electrolysis they use.

Get more help for men's grooming: Manscaping Tips.

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