Of course, we like facial hair. A full, well-groomed beard or mustache – you know the look and what’s not to like? But nose hair? Not so much. Sure, there may be a small fraction of nose hair lovers, but their annual convention is held in a very small room.
The problem is, we can’t help nose hair. As we get older, hair becomes more abundant in places we’d rather it didn’t, including our nose. The veritable forest that seems to sprout from your nostrils every few days is seemingly unstoppable, but there’s no reason you can’t keep it well-pruned and inoffensive.
The question is how, and your choices include scissors and tweezers. Those are great if you like danger (and pain), but it’s best to use a tool that’s specifically designed for the task. So, buy a nice nose hair trimmer; you’ll keep the forest at bay, and you’ll keep the focus on your facial hair where it belongs.
Face it; there’s no excuse for not keeping your nose (or ear) hairs trimmed – unless you’re, say, 95 years old.
A Few Buying Tips To Get The Best Nose Hair Trimmer
Your next step then is buying a nose hair trimmer that consistently get the job done. That doesn’t mean something that rids you of every hair in your nose because we need some hairs to keep bacteria out, but one that keeps them from becoming unruly vines in the garden, if you will. So, what should you be looking for?
- Is the trimmer versatile? Does it work for other grooming projects like your ears, or even beard fine-tuning?
- Is it going to last? Is it built in a high-quality way?
- Of course, you’ll want to find the trimmer that best fits your budget.
That said, let’s take a look at the elite class of nose, ear and eyebrow hair trimmers.
- The 5 best ear, brow and nose hair trimmers
- How to use a nose and ear hair trimmer properly (Illustrated guide)
- How often should you trim your nose and ear hair?
The 5 best ear, brow and nose hair trimmers of 2016
This is the top of the line when it comes to Panasonic’s line of ear and nose trimmers, and that’s saying a lot. What makes it so great? For starters, it’s a do-everything addition to your grooming kit in that it comfortably removes nose and ear hair, as well as unwanted facial hair.
Its dual-edge blades allow you to detail beards and eyebrows. Moreover, those blades are curved and stainless steel, and won’t nick skin or painfully pull hairs out from their root (not fun).
Another not-be-overlooked feature of the Panasonic ER430K is its micro-vacuum system. This allows users to whisk away clipped nose, ear and facial hair as they trim, without leaving a mess in the sink. And no mess means no clean-up – or leaving behind a trail of little hairs that’s sure to incite the wrath of the person(s) you live with. Note: It’s the only nose hair trimmer that comes with a built-in vacuum.
The Panasonic ER430K has an integrated rotary blade system that provides circular blade action for more efficient trimming. Again, there’s no pulling or tugging of hairs, and the blades are hypoallergenic, which means they won’t produce allergic reactions in even the most sensitive of users.
This trimmer’s versatility provides another reason to add it to your grooming arsenal. Its dual-edged blades allow you to easily trim hair from your eyebrows, while it’s also handy from beard detailing and trimming sideburns. It’s also completely washable, easy to clean and quite possibly, the best nose hair trimmer overall.
In writing about the Pansonic ER430K trimmer, Amazon reviewer Randy Poe said:
This Panasonic unit is the first I have used that does NOT irritate the inside of my nose, yet trims really close.
- Built in vacuum system efficiently sucks up hair once its cut. No more itching and sneezing because of loose strands
- It’s washable and easy to clean
- Circular blade action doesn’t tug on hair and helps keep the process painless
- Some reviewers noted that this trimmer is louder than many others, which can be annoying when used to trim ear hair
Some would argue that the Panasonic ER-GN30-K is just as good, if not better than its big brother Panasonic ER430K. While it doesn’t include the built-in vacuum, the GN30-K provides many of the same benefits, and can be used to rid yourself of unwanted body hairs – whether you’re a man or woman.
It comes with dual-edge, hypoallergenic blades that are curved from to trim from the top and sides while retaining the proper volume of hairs for natural filtering.
The nose hair trimmer is convenient for wet and dry use, meaning you can use it in the shower, or anyplace at any time (OK, maybe not on the train, subway, or at your desk). It’s also easy to clean as the Vortex Cleaning System draws in water and spins it through the trimmer to rid itself of those pesky nose hairs.
The ER-GN30-K is lightweight and easy to handle thanks to an ergonomic design that allows you to hold it comfortably in your hand, and keep holding it even if it gets slippery or wet. It’s also easy to maneuver and allows you to reach those hard-to-get hairs in the nether regions of your nose and ears. It also works well as an eyebrow trimmer. At 2.2 ounces, you can easily take it with you.
The ER-GN30-K runs on one AA battery, but batteries don’t come with your order. A new battery will give you about 90 minutes of power before you’ll need a new one.
In writing about the ER-GN30-K, Amazon reviewer Lindsay Parker said:
Works great. My schnozz was a veritable forest, but now it’s clean and hairless.
- Good for dry and wet trimming
- Lightweight, easy to handle and maneuver to trim hairs that are hard to reach
- Cleans easily
- No warranty should your trimmer die after several months of use
- Replacement blades cost as much as the trimmer itself
You have to love that smiling, winking face that serves as the logo on Groom Mate’s website. It’s like he’s saying, “Don’t worry, I got your back, my friend. We’ll take care of those unsightly hairs.” Wink.
And they will with the Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer. Besides, the folks at Groom Mate have dedicated themselves to the craft of building nose hair trimmers since 1991, and their products can be found in 40 countries worldwide.
Now, about the trimmer. First, it doesn’t rely on a battery or motor for power. Trimming with the Groom Mate Platinum XL is simply a matter of placing the trimmer in your nose (or ear) and twisting the bottom of the unit. It makes for a “gentle” cut, without the tugging and pulling of other models, and eliminates the hassle of replacing batteries. And no batteries mean eco-friendly.
You have to love the craftsmanship of the Groom Mate Platinum XL, as well. It’s made of 100% brushed stainless steel and designed to last a lifetime. You don’t have to worry about your trimmer rusting or becoming corroded. They also back it up with an unconditional lifetime guarantee; if you don’t like it, they’ll replace it – simple as that.
The blades are also stainless steel and come with the promise that you won’t tug painfully at sensitive hair strands. The unit is also easy to clean.
- Pure stainless steel design ensures durability
- Comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee
- With no battery or other power source, it works silently
- You need two hands to use it: one to hold the upper part of the trimmer, the other to twist the bottom to provide the cutting action
The Philips Norelco Nosetrimmer 3100 for ear, nose, and eyebrows is, as its long full name suggests, very versatile. It’s also extremely affordable and at less than $10 a pop, you’re not going to break the bank while you’re still going to get a high-quality product.
The Norelco 3100, for starters, is engineered to an angle that enables you to easily reach hair inside your nose and ear, as well as for use on eyebrows. No unwanted hair will be left behind, but rather trimmed away to avoid the embarrassment of a dangler that people can’t take their eyes off of (although they certainly want to).
Its ease-of-use also is enhanced because of its long, slim head that helps you to get further in the nostrils and ears. It also has the right shape for easily trimming or combing your eyebrows, and it comes with a mini eyebrow comb to help take your grooming up a notch. Additionally, it has a textured grip that makes it easy to hold onto even when the unit gets wet.
There are plenty of other things to like about this trimmer, not the least of which is its ProtecTube technology that helps prevents the agony of pulls, nicks, and cuts. It has an ultra-thin foil guard and rounded tips to also prevent skin irritations.
Further, the design of the cutter does not allow any hair to get trapped between the cutting blades, which move separately. The blades also come with a protective cap to keep them clean when not in use.
The Philips Norelco 3100 runs on an AA battery but has a powerful motor to take on whatever job you want – including trimming your mustache and sideburns (although for any major facial hair trimmer you should consider an actual beard trimmer). The trimmer comes with an AA battery included. Finally, the Norelco 3100 is waterproof and can easily be washed under the faucet.
Amazon reviewer Parajunkee wrote:
The device trims your hair in your nose well, but it also takes it to another level by offering the ability to touch up other spots on your face and body.
- Angled design to easily reach hard-to-get places
- Very affordable
- Durability – some reviewers complain that it has a short shelf life
Let there be light.
Trimming nose hairs can be a risky proposition as it’s a task that involves invading some dark spaces. We’ll talk later about the importance of trimming in a well-lighted room or area, but the Professional Water Resistant Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer With LED Light helps eliminate the guesswork with a bright, built-in LED light that will help guide you in those hard-to-reach areas.
Another benefit of the light is that it doesn’t drain the battery that powers the trimmer. It’s also well-placed on the trimmer to enable users to highlight hair that other trimmers don’t.
You don’t have to worry about durability with this trimmer because its body is made of stainless steel, not plastic. You’ll immediately feel the difference in this trimmer when you first take it out of the box. Most similarly-priced, battery-operated trimmers in this price range are made of plastic, so the masculine steel design is a real plus and will extend the life of the trimmer. And it’s water-resistant so you can use it in the shower if you so desire while cleaning it is just a matter of rinsing it off.
This trimmer has a rotary cutting system that allows hair to enter the unit’s tip from the top and sides, which is helpful in trimming those stray hairs in your nose, ears, and also on your eyebrows and beard. The stainless steel high-quality blades provide a smooth cut without painful tugging, which can be a common gripe when it comes to battery-operated trimmers.
While it might not provide the absolute closest trim you can get, it still gets the job done without the pain and pulling, especially in the most sensitive spots.
The Professional Water Resistant Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer also works well for your ears and is good for detail work on the eyebrows and beard. Because it’s designed to cut hair from both the sides and top, you’ll get an even trim with fewer passes.
In writing about this trimmer, Amazon reviewer Gary Work said:
Compact, solidly built – almost looks like a sonic screwdriver, and does its job like it was designed to. I would recommend to a friend.
- LED light for hard-to-see areas
- Stainless steel design
- Water-resistant and easily washable
- Need to make sure the head is properly locked in
- Battery and on/off switch issues have been reported
How to use a nose and ear hair trimmer
Yes, nose hairs are a damn nuisance, but they also serve an important function as part of your body’s natural immune system. It can be scary to think about the kind of stuff – toxins, dust, bacteria, and other pollutants – that enter your nose when you breathe, but those pesky substances get trapped in your nose hairs.
That’s why you’re not out to rid your nose completely of its hair. But it is important from a grooming sense to trim back the coarser hairs that can suddenly protrude into the public eye.
Nose and ear hair grooming begins with your choice between and electric and manual trimmer. We’ve already discussed both kinds in our reviews above, and it really comes down to your preference.
Manual trimmers require two hands to operate; electric trimmers don’t. Both typically come with attachments for also trimming eyebrows and beards. In either case, take some time to read the owner’s manual before proceeding.
Before you get started, choose a room or area with good lighting. If nothing else, it’s a matter of safety for when you start trimming back those pesky hairs. It’s also very helpful to be near a mirror, whether it’s your standard bathroom mirror or a magnifying mirror used specifically for this task.
Next: clean out your nose. Give your trimmer a clear shot at doing its job, which it won’t if your nose is filled with, ahem, debris. Also, use a napkin or wet cloth to spread out the hairs for even better cutting. To give yourself a clean shot at doing the job right, tilt your head back for a better view. You can even use your finger to push your nose back for an even better look; sure, it may seem overly complicated, but it’s always better than blindly hacking away.
Finally, it’s advisable to work your way to the back by first trimming the most visible nose hairs – those that are causing you the greatest grooming grief – before going deeper into the forest, so to speak.
Trimming your ear hair requires many of the same fundamentals. Get started by cleaning your ears. Q-tips are the popular choice, but just be careful that you don’t jam them too strongly, or too far, into your ear canal, which can lead to real damage. The same goes for your trimmer; it should fit comfortably into your ear canal, but finesse is needed, not brute strength. Pull back the reigns when it starts to become uncomfortable.
How often should you trim your nose and ear hair?
There is no right answer because everyone’s hair grows at a different pace. Rest assured; it’s best to nip it in the bud before it becomes embarrassing.
Well, there’s our look at nose hair trimming and some of the best trimmers out there to help you get the job done. It’s not a task that one necessarily relishes, but it’s all part of the overall process when it comes to looking your best. What are your experiences with nose hair trimmers, good or bad? We’d love to hear from you.