The Best Way to Remove Ear Hair

Excess ear hair is a problem faced mostly by men, as they age and hormone levels in the body change. Ear hair may grow randomly on different parts of the ear, or sprout in bunches from the ear canal. Ear hair can pose problems with hearing if it becomes too thick, and wax from the ear can cling to the hair and create a hygiene problem. Ear hair removal techniques include tweezers, scissors, chemicals and trimmers. Of all the methods, ear hair trimmers are the most painless and effective, says the Hairfinder website.

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Step 1

Select a nose hair / ear hair trimmer. Choose one that is battery powered and roughly the size and shape of an electric toothbrush.

Step 2

Stand in front of a well-lit mirror and lean your head slightly to the side, to view the inside of the ear. Check the ear for wax, debris or dirt. You should not use a trimmer if you have wax in your ears or if the ear is dirty. If you see any visible ear wax, clean your ears using a bulb syringe or ear-wax softening drops, instead of using a cotton swab.

Step 3

Fill the bulb syringe with lukewarm water. With your head titled to the side squeeze a few drops of water from the syringe or three to four wax-softening drops into your ear. Stand up straight for a few minutes to let the wax adhere to the liquid. Press a washcloth next to your ear. Tilt your head to the side again to let the water and the wax run from your ears. Repeat on the other side. Wait 24 hours to let the ear canal and hair dry before using a battery powered trimmer.

Step 4

Stand in front of a well-lit mirror and lean your head slightly to the side, to view the inside of the ear. Flip the power switch on your trimmer, and pull your ear open as much as possible with the other hand. Stretch the skin on the side of your face inward or pull on different parts of your ear to accomplish this.

Step 5

Touch the trimmer to the base of the hairs if possible, or at least to the point where you can see them. Do not place the trimmer more than 1/4-inch into the outer ear. For hair growing outside the ear, move the rotating blade along the ear's edge slowly and carefully. Remove trimmed strands with a dry cotton ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Ear hair trimmer

  • Batteries

  • Mirror

  • Bulb syringe

  • Ear-wax drops

  • Washcloth

  • Cotton balls


Don't forget to look on parts of your ear other than the canal for stray hairs. Consider having someone else trim your ear hair if it is easier for you.


To prevent damage to your ears, do not stick the trimmer too far inside the ear canal.

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