Removing Ear Hair: a Guide for Men

We’re mammals. That means that we have nipples… and body hair. We like hair on some parts of our bodies, and some men wish they had more on their head. Hair on other parts may or may not be welcome, depending on culture and personal preference. But, really - who wants hairy ears?

We men tend to overlook it until it becomes obvious, and ear hair becomes more prominent as we age. Men try to remove it by tweezing, burning, waxing, or shaving. Since ears tend to flap about, it’s not easy getting at the hairs.

At this point, you’re probably wondering if we have any tips for you. Well, of course we do! So, if you’re like most men and really don’t want to be known for fuzzy ears, read on!


Ear Hair is Perfectly Normal

Hair grows on our ears, both inside and outside. Other mammals have hairy ears too, and the hair serves a protective purpose. We homo sapiens don’t really need exterior ear hair, and we grow too little of it to provide any protection or warmth. Besides, it seems pretty silly to leave hair dangling from your ears, especially if you have a clean-shaven face.


Why do we have ear hair?

As mentioned above, men grow more ear (and nose) hair as they grow older. The cause may be a rise in testosterone levels, which in turn causes an increase in hair growth and thickness.

In contrast with exterior ear hair, interior hair can serve practical purposes. At the outer end of the ear canal, hair combines with ear wax to protect your eardrums from dirt. Farther inside the ear canal are very wee hairs that serve to keep your balance and even enhance your hearing. These inner ear canals contain fluids that move as you do. As you move, the fluid flows about the hairs. The hairs then send nerve impulses that signal how balanced – or unbalanced – your body is. It’s actually pretty remarkable! So, you don’t want to go too far up your ear canals in your eagerness to remove hair.


Why remove ear hair?

Ear hair is, frankly, unattractive and makes you look unkempt. You also don’t really need ear hair – except for the protective hairs near your eardrums. You also probably don’t like the feel of excess ear wax that accumulates on interior hairs. So, there are several reasons to remove ear hair.

But you also need to beware about going too far and causing damage to your ears. That’s why we’ve put together a summary of ear hair removal methods. Take a look and try out a few to see which method best suits you.


The Best Ways for Removing Ear Hair

Shaving: This one’s pretty simple and convenient because it’s essentially the same as shaving your beard. But just as with your beard, the results don’t last very long – 1 to 3 days – and there is always the risk of nicks or cuts. Shaving could irritate your skin, and some hairs could grow in, leaving unpleasant bumps. If you want to shave inside your hair, you should opt for an electric razor that can deal with the uneven surface.

Ear Trimmers: Electric powered razors make removing ear hair easy, and almost never causes nicks or cuts. With a little practice, it will also go quickly, which will encourage you to make it part of your regular grooming schedule. Like shaving, however, results don’t last long, so you’ll want to trim at least two-three times a week.

Plucking: You seize a hair with tweezers and pull it out by the roots. Thus, plucking provides for longer-lasting results – up to several weeks. Plucking can, however, be rather painful and takes some time and effort (those hairs can sometimes be hard to get hold of). The results, however, are superior to shaving or trimming. In the end, you need to decide whether the results are worth the effort.

Waxing: This achieves results like plucking, lasting 2 to 8 weeks. Yet, waxing also requires some care, and the wax could get into your ears. Home waxing kits are available for home use, but you might consider engaging a professional. In this method, hot or cold wax is applied, and a paper strip is laid over it. After the wax hardens, you pull the paper off very quickly, which removes the wax along with it. In turn, the wax, which has hardened around the hairs, pulls them out. This can be painful, but as with plucking, the results are great.

Hair removal cream: These creams are known as depilatories (“de-hairing”). As with any cream you may use on your skin, check the ingredients for any you might be allergic to. Because of how these creams attack your hairs, they can also be harsh and can have a strong chemical odour. Thus, we strongly recommend that you restrict their us to your outer ear surface. Use is simple. You spread the cream on, then wash or wipe it off about ten minutes later.

Lasering: This method promises permanent results. Lasering in effect heats the hair root and destroys it. The treatment will require 4 to 8 sessions with a professional – make sure you get a real professional! It is thus the most expensive option, but once done, the hair is gone for good.


How safe is removing ear hair?

If you take the proper care, removing ear hair is perfectly safe. If you want to avoid all risk and fuss, professionals are available to wax or laser those hairs away. If you trust yourself, want to save money and prefer the comfort of your home, we suggest using an electric trimmer or plucking.

As you now know, you have several options for ridding those lovely ears of yours of unsightly hair. No matter how you do, you’ll look, and maybe even feel a little bit better!