Ear Hair Removal for Men
Just about the age you start to worry that the hair on your head is getting thinner, hair starts sprouting prolifically from your ears. It is a common problem for older men and one of the main areas for men's hair removal from middle age onwards. The theory is that the hair follicles become more sensitive to the male hormone testosterone and this triggers the unwanted hair growth. Whatever the reason excess ear hair needs to be dealt with for the sake of good grooming, especially if you don't want to show your age. This comprehensive fact sheet on Ear Hair Removal for Men should help you deal with any ear hair problems you have.
Ear hair removal is not always straight forward. The ears are a tricky area to remove hair from and hair removal products and options are more limited because of the precarious location of the hair. It's important to avoid damaging your ears by introducing anything into the ear canal for example although hairs may grow from fairly deep within the ear and the area is also awkward to reach and deal with. But, don't despair, it can be done. There are both temporary and permanent hair removal methods to get rid of ear hair.
Temporary Ear Hair Removal
1. Trimming with Scissors or an Ear Hair Trimmer
Of course, this needs to be done regularly to maintain a groomed appearance but it is a simple solution. You will need a mirror which you can tilt so that you can see your ears, a good light and a careful hand wielding the scissors.
If you would prefer something with a bit more precision you can buy a purpose made electric ear hair trimmer (also called ear hair clippers, personal shaver or personal grooming shaver depending on the brand). There are many models on the market which will effectively do the job for you and which generally work as nose hair trimmers too.
See How to Use an Ear Hair Trimmer for more information on how to remove ear hair properly using ear hair trimmers as this will give you the best results. You can also ask the barber to trim the hair when you get your hair cut but you will generally need to carry out this task more frequently than you get your hair cut.
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Avoid using a manual razor in this awkward area as you can easily cut yourself but you could use an electric one. In general when removing ear hair however, you will find one of the purpose built personal shavers / nose and ear hair trimmers easier to manage than struggling with your usual razor and they are are worth the very small cost.
3. Tweezing or Plucking
Tweezing or plucking hair is useful when dealing with a few hairs around the outside part of the ear, as you will stay hair free for several weeks before the hair grows again. Use good quality tweezers such as those by Tweezerman, pull the skin as taut as you can and grip the hair firmly by the root then pull sharply in the direction of hair growth. Don't pluck hairs from inside the ear canal however. You are better to trim these. Introducing a sharp metal object such as tweezers inside the ears is not a good idea and pulling hairs from the deeper areas can cause damage.
Waxing is helpful where you have quite a few hairs outside your ears as it can pull several hairs out at once, while tweezing deals with only one hair at a time. It is awkward to use hot wax in this area on yourself and care must be taken not to drip wax into the ear canal. One solution is to use pre-waxed strips. With these you just cut a strip to size, stick it to the hair and pull against the direction of hair growth. If you prefer a sugaring (which uses sugar wax) or a normal hot wax solution, book an appointment with a beautician to carry out the job for you. You will stay hair free for a few weeks. With this hair removal method you will still have to trim hair from your inner ear however.
5. Hair Removal Cream
With hair removal cream, chemicals dissolve the hair at the surface of the skin and you will stay hair free for a few days to a week or two depending on the rate of growth. Unfortunately the chemicals in depilatory creams are quite harsh and there is no specific ear hair removal cream on the market. Choose a facial hair removal cream meant for sensitive skin, and limit your application to the outer part of the ear. You can prevent cream from entering the ear canal by placing a cotton ball at the entrance. You also need to take care that you don't get hair removal cream on areas where you don't want to remove any hair! Be sure to follow the instructions and do a patch test in case you are over sensitive to the cream.
Permanent Ear Hair Removal
Both laser hair removal and electrolysis will deal with hair on and around the ears, but may not be able to completely remove hair which grows inside the ear. These treatments are generally tailored to suit you and you have as many treatments as you need so always book a personal consultation with a licensed practitioner to find out what can be done in your case and what it will cost over the whole course of treatment.
1. Laser Ear Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is quick (treating each ear takes only a few minutes) and relatively pain free although you may feel like you are being pinged by small elastic bands when the laser is in action. You will need 4 to 6 sessions to clear the hair completely so that as little as possible regrows. The reason is that hair needs to be at the right stage of growth for the follicles to be affected. This ear hair remover treatment offers a permanent reduction in hair growth but can't guarantee permanent hair removal. To keep hair free you may need top up treatments in future. Ear hair laser removal works best on those with dark hair and light skin but machines have now been developed which deal with other hair and skin colors too. Just don't expect great results if you have very little pigment in your hair.
This is probably the best way to remove ear hair permanently (at least from the external parts of the ear) as it is the only process which is guaranteed to do so and which works on all colors of skin and hair. A probe is inserted beside the follicle of each hair and a quick mild electric current applied which attempts to "deactivate" the follicle. The hair must be at the right stage of growth and the probe inserted in the right place for success but eventually the hair will be gone for good. As electrolysis of ear hair is a much slower process than laser hair removal, and it is more painful, many feel the best course of action is to have laser hair removal first and see how much hair is removed permanently and then to deal with any regrowth with electrolysis. This is the best combination of treatment for mens ear hair removal that offers permanent results quickly.
Additional Articles about Nose and Ear Hair Removal
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