What's a good way of getting rid of ear hair?
December 4, 2004 9:56 AM   Subscribe

I am starting to sprout ear hair and would like to know a good way of getting rid of it.
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (14 answers total)
Any one will work.

The hard part is reminding yourself to do it.
posted by jeremias at 10:00 AM on December 4, 2004

Middle-of-the-ear kind, or edge-of-the-ear kind? The edge-of-the-ear kind just needs attention with a set of safety scissors (and get safety scissors — the kind with sharp points are fine for fingernails but dangerous for anything else in the bathroom). The middle-of-the-ear kind can be done with safety scissors as well, although it might be easier with a personal trimmer, which will take care of your nose forest as well.
posted by mendel at 10:06 AM on December 4, 2004

Forget scissors. Use tweezers.
posted by cribcage at 10:47 AM on December 4, 2004

I use a "Philishave" shaver. The type with just two cutting heads. This is small enough to trim ear hair by inserting part of one of the two heads into your ear.

Of course, the sound of the shaver itself is dangerously loud at this point and may cause hearing loss.

posted by JtJ at 12:08 PM on December 4, 2004

A related question: does the growth rate of ear and nose hair increase as a person ages? The Straight Dope does not answer this question.
posted by quam at 12:38 PM on December 4, 2004

quam: Not sure about growth rates, but I know that getting ear hair at an older age is a genetic variable. So it isn't guaranteed to happen at all.
posted by baphomet at 12:57 PM on December 4, 2004

From personal experience, I recommend against just going at it with a regular razor.
posted by chrismear at 1:17 PM on December 4, 2004

I hate this stuff sprouting out of my ears. Makes me look at my grey hair at the same time. Lovely.

I have been shaving it, at the same time I shave my face. I have been meaning to look into some "shop" that gets rid of hair - in particular some new laser technique where they apply a gel and then burn (laser) the follicles away. Boing - no ear hair.

I haven't done the research on this but it's being used on other parts of the body for unwanted hair. I figure it's worth being done with it.

Anyone with more info on this technique?
posted by fluffycreature at 2:05 PM on December 4, 2004

The Klipette has been around for years. Works great and it's non-electric for extra convenience.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:16 PM on December 4, 2004

For outer ear hair, I use (don't laugh) Nads.

Inner ear hair hasn't been an issue yet, but I don't fancy those electric clippers at all.
posted by jackiemcghee at 2:20 PM on December 4, 2004

I've been known to burn it off with a q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol, but then I always was hardcore.
posted by dirigibleman at 4:19 PM on December 4, 2004

Sometimes when I am driving on the highway with my younger brother, he reaches over and yanks the hairs out of my right ear. He can't reach my left ear, being in the passenger seat and all.

It upsets me, and makes me want to punch him. But I'm usually driving at 60 mph at the time, so my response options are limited.

That might not be an option for you. But that's what happens to some of my ear hair.
posted by sacre_bleu at 9:01 PM on December 4, 2004

Response by poster: Sadly sacre_bleu, I have only sisters and will most likely try what the mayor suggested instead. Thanks to all of you.
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 10:44 PM on December 4, 2004

I especially hate the ones on the edges of the ears after you forget them for a while and then suddenly there they are and you feel like Yoda. The Klippettes look glorious.
posted by mecran01 at 10:53 PM on December 4, 2004

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