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Nose Hair Trimmers: Questions & Answers

Why should I get a nose hair trimmer?

Nose hair trimmers are a much better option than trimming your nose hairs yourself with scissors. Trimming with scissors is dangerous and not thorough; you can miss hairs, or poke yourself in the nose (or ear, if you are getting rid of ear hair) and cause damage. Plucking your nose hairs is very painful and can cause small lesions in your nose, or ingrown hair, so that is also not an ideal method. Nose hair trimmers are specifically designed for use in your nose, so it’s the safest option. It’s also quicker and more efficient, getting all the hairs in one go, and a well-made trimmer can last you a lifetime.

How does a nose hair trimmer work?

Nose trimmers generally work using small blades that rotate, set against a guard that protects the sensitive skin on the inside of your nose. Some nose hair trimmers have a rotating disc that moves the blades in a circle, and some have disks that move the blades left and right. Both are equally effective. A few trimmers are corded or rechargeable, but most nose hair trimmers are battery-operated or manual. Manual trimmers usually work by you either rotating the handle with one hand while the other hand guides the tip, or by squeezing the handle to create an oscillating effect at the tip.

Which are better; battery or manual nose hair trimmers?

Both battery-operated and manual nose hair trimmers have their benefits. Battery operated trimmers are quick, easy to use, and only require one hand to use them. However, they can be noisy and you might be uncomfortable with the speed they are set at. Furthermore, when the batteries on an electric nose hair trimmer begin to die, they can pull at your nose hair rather than cutting it, which can be painful. Manual trimmers give you more control over the speed, are quieter, and don’t require electricity. However, they are harder to use in general and many require you to use both hands during the process.

Does a nose hair trimmer also work on other facial hair?

Yes, many of these trimmers can also work for ears, beards, and other facial hair. Some are dedicated to only the nose, some to the nose and ears, and some include multiple attachments that allow it to be a nose hair trimmer, ear hair trimmer, and beard or mustache trimmer.

Does the type of blades matter?

Trimmers can use blades that are hypoallergenic, steel, titanium, aluminum, or another metal. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to allergies, invest in a trimmer with hypoallergenic blades. Other than that, stainless steel blades are ideal because they will not rust or degrade over time. Titanium blades are also a great investment for the same reasons.

What are some of the features I should look for in a nose trimmer?

Some of the features that make for a standout nose and facial hair trimmer include a light and an angled or adjustable head. An LED light on a trimmer is a great add-on that lets you see if any stray hairs have been missed during trimming. An angled head is important for your comfort; since all noses are different and trimming your nose requires you to come in at a somewhat odd angle, an angled head makes the whole process much easier on you. An adjustable head that can be moved around is especially useful, since no two noses are alike and you may need more or less of an angle to comfortable trim your nose hair. You will also want to look for a nose hair trimmer that has an ergonomic design. Since it’s a handheld device, you want it to be easy to hold and maneuver, not heavy and clunky.

What should my nose hair trimmer come with?

Your nose hair trimmer will probably come with brushes for cleaning the trimmer, a pouch or carrying case, and sometimes a protective cap for the head of the trimmer. The brushes are especially important for keeping your nose hair trimmer clean and hygienic, and for prolonging the life of the trimmer by getting rid of unwanted hair on the blades. Some trimmers can be cleaned simply by running them under water, but most nice trimmers will come with cleaning brushes. The pouch or carrying case and the protective cap don’t really help you trim, but they are nice additions that most higher-end nose hair trimmers come with and can help make travelling easier.

Will I need to replace the blades?

It is recommended to change the blades about every three year. Some models have permanent blades that cannot be replaced, while others are easy to swap out. A good idea that prolongs the life of your trimmer is to get some blade oil and apply it to the blades once every month or so. Just put a few drops on the head and oscillate the blades a few times to distribute the oil; this will really help your blades stay sharp and neat.

Are there any safety elements in place so I don’t cut my skin?

Most nose hair trimmers have skin guards that prevent the blades from coming in contact with your skin. Some models, such as select Emjoi models, have automatic shut-off sensors that stop the trimmer if it comes close to your skin.

Can I use these trimmers in the shower?

It depends, some electric nose hair trimmers are able to be used wet or dry, while others can only be used dry. A manual nose hair trimmer can be used anyplace, anytime. Using a trimmer in the shower can make for easier clean-up and a gentler trimming experience.

What happens to the hairs when trimming?

Depending on the trimmer you get, the hair will either fall out or be sucked into the trimmer using a vacuum-style suction device. If possible, invest in one of these latter trimmers, as it’s more comfortable and less clean-up for you.

Are nose hair trimmers loud?

Depending on the quality of the trimmer, some electric trimmers can be quite loud. The noise is similar to a beard trimmer or electric razor. The higher quality nose hair trimmer you get, the less noise it should produce. Quiet performance will be especially important if you plan on using your trimmer for your ear hair as well as nose hair.

How fast do electric trimmers rotate?

Electric nose hair trimmers can rotate up to 6,000 RPM. That is very quick indeed, and may scare off some people who don’t want anything so powerful in their nose or ears. Many offer adjustable speeds or dedicated trimming heads that make the process safer and less intimidating. The faster the trimmer, the faster you’ll be hair-free.

Are nose hair trimmers expensive?

Not at all, a nose hair trimmer is one of the least expensive grooming devices on the market. You can spend anywhere from $10 to $60 – as expected, the more you pay for a trimmer, the higher quality it will be and the longer lifespan it should have. That being said, even low-quality trimmers can be expected to work for many years when cared for properly.

How long will the batteries last in general?

Most electric trimmers have a battery life of about 30-60 minutes. It should not take you longer than 5 minutes to get rid of your nose hair and other facial hair, so one battery will last you quite a while.

How large are nose hair trimmers?

Nose hair trimmers are extremely small and great for travel. They can be as small as your pinky or as large as an electric shaver. While weights vary, you should opt for more lightweight trimmers for more comfortable usage.

Will using one irritate my skin?

It’s possible to have some itching or irritation when using a nose hair trimmer, just like you would have if you were trimming your beard or sideburns. Irritation can be relieved using non-toxic lotions or oils. Note, you should never ingest or put a lotion or oil in your nose or ears unless it is specifically labeled for use in those areas. All-natural oils like tea tree or jojoba are good options for non-toxic solutions for irritated or itchy skin.

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