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Breaking Bad Habits: Nasal Hair

Stop ignoring the hair coming out of your nose.

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Grooming is all about keeping good habits and nothing screams that you aren't up to the task quite like a long, curly strand – or several strands – of nasal hair protruding from your nose.

With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about keeping your nose clean. 



KNOW THAT YOU NEED NASAL HAIR


Believe it or not, nasal hair actually has a biological function. It protects you from numerous airborne pathogens by creating a barrier between your respiratory system and the outside world. So, despite a tendency to make you look like a sloppy fool, you do actually need nasal hair. The question is, how much? 

Turns out, you really don’t need a lot of nose hair to reap its natural health benefits. And you definitely don’t need nasal hairs sticking out of your nostrils and staring people right in the face. 



BUY A TRIMMER 


Removing nasal hair can be a pretty gross job. Luckily, most grooming gadget makers have designed trimmers for that specific task. The Braun Exact Series ear and nose trimmer is one option for snipping yourself of wild nose hairs, but check out the Philips Norelco NT9119/60 Precision nose and ear trimmer for a similar option. If you’re not the type of person who buys a grooming device for just one specific reason, the best option for your nasal hair and all the other hair on your body is the Wahl 9818 Lithium Ion Stainless Steel All-in-one Groomer. There's also the MicroTouch Switchblade
, which you may have seen on TV after midnight.

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GET A PIG’S NOSE 


To properly reach all the nasal hair that you want to cut, you’re going to need a pig’s nose. Correct – a pig’s nose. Press backward on the tip of your nose. This will illuminate your nostrils and make it easier for you to see and reach what you’re cutting with the nose hair trimmer. Once you look like a pig, gently circle around your nostrils and clip the hairs. Be careful not to press too hard to avoid nicks and cuts inside your nose that can potentially become infected. You can use the trimmer to try and gently reach the spots inside your nose that you can’t clearly see, as you’ll often hear the hair being sliced.


BATTLE INGROWN HAIRS 


Nose hairs become sharp when they are clipped, which might cause irritation, but ingrown hairs are the biggest threat to a freshly groomed nose. They can become irritating and can even be somewhat painful under dry conditions. To get rid of them and free those sharp hairs out from underneath your skin, follow these steps. 


1. Cover your index finger with a warm (almost hot) cloth and gently place your finger inside your nose to moisten the skin. Do this thoroughly for several minutes, replenishing the rag when necessary with hot water. 

2. Re-moisten the cloth and cover your index finger. Simulate picking your nose by circling along the inside of your nostrils. If there is already a point of irritation, gently rub your finger at that spot to loosen the ingrown hair from underneath your skin.


3. Then, you’ll want to dab a q-tip or cotton swab with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the point of the ingrown hair or any other area that may be bleeding.

4. Lastly, apply an antiseptic ointment, which will kill bacteria but also subtly soften the sharp hairs in your nose. 

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