How Do I Remove Hair on the Nose?

Angela Farrer

You can remove hair on the nose with several methods such as tweezing, waxing, or the use of depilatory creams. Hair on top of the nose often develops as a result of genetics or hormone imbalances, and it can occur in both men and women. Some of the most common instances of external nose hair are related to thick, dark eyebrows that meet at the bridge of the nose, and these hairs can occasionally extend further down the nose. Shaving is another common option, although it can be tricky to remove only the desired stray nose hair without also shaving bits of the eyebrows. Bleaching is an additional method for people with nose hair that is otherwise difficult to remove.

Depilatory lotions may be used to remove hair on the nose.
Depilatory lotions may be used to remove hair on the nose.

Many small patches of hair on the nose can be removed with the same types of wax strips used to shape eyebrows. These are usually cold wax strips that remove the hair with strong adhesive rather than the liquid hot wax used in professional salons. Cold waxing with this method can easily be done at home and is relatively inexpensive. To ensure the wax grabs the end of each facial hair, skin care specialists often recommend first washing your face to clear away any excess oil. People with sensitive skin are sometimes advised to use caution with waxing because it can lead to mild abrasions or broken capillaries if done too frequently.

Wax strips can help remove hair on the nose.
Wax strips can help remove hair on the nose.

Plucking out hair on the nose is another option, and some people find that it eventually causes the hairs to grow back thinner and lighter. A downside to tweezing is that it can be tricky to pull out hair on top of the nose unless you have a high-quality pair of tweezers. Since the nose is a sensitive area of the face, plucking out numerous hairs can also be quite painful in many cases. Although tweezing is one of the more convenient methods, it is also one of the more temporary ones.

Shaving may be done to remove hair on the bridge of the nose, between the eyebrows.
Shaving may be done to remove hair on the bridge of the nose, between the eyebrows.

Depilatory lotions designed for the face can help remove hair on the nose by chemically blocking proteins in the hair follicle that allow continued growth. After this cream is left on the skin for two to three minutes, the hairs can be wiped away along with it. This option can have longer-lasting results than shaving, waxing, or tweezing. Dermatologists recommend using only a facial depilatory lotion; body depilatory creams are usually too strong and can result in skin irritations.

Pulling out hair on the top of the nose requires a quality pair of tweezers.
Pulling out hair on the top of the nose requires a quality pair of tweezers.

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Guys you know those spring hair remover things that are usually for your upper lip? Yeah, those are so helpful, also they are not painful and it hurts less then waxing your upper lip.


The hairs on your nose can be too fine to tweeze, and could take ages if you have lots of them.

One trick I discovered about 20 years ago was to use a very small tension/extension spring. Pull it apart slightly, place it against the side of the nose, release then gently pull away. Many of the finer hairs will get caught in the spring. Takes about 30 seconds to get rid of them all.


@alisha-- I don't think there is a permanent solution to this. The only permanent hair removal method I know is laser hair reduction and I doubt that can be used on the nose.

I have long hair inside my nostrils and I trim them. I used to do it with a small scissors but now I have a hair trimmer gadget for it. I tried plucking them once and it was so painful! I literally cried from the pain. I'm sure it's not so painful when the hair is on top of the nose though. You wouldn't want to trim it because it will grow back even faster.


@alisha-- Whenever I use nose strips on my nose to remove blackheads, I notice that the strip removes a bunch of nose hair. I never even noticed them before. They are very tiny but they become apparent on the strip. I don't necessarily need to remove them but I do feel that they contribute to my blackheads so I don't mind that they come out when I use nose strips.

I don't know if this would work for you but you might want to try it. It's not a permanent solution but I think it will be less painful than plucking. You can also get rid of blackheads in the process.


I constantly get one strand of hair on my nose. It's not very thick but it's apparent. I pluck it out with tweezers. It hurt at first but now I'm used to it.

I just wish that there was a way to permanently get rid of it because I have to pluck it every couple of weeks. It's such a stubborn hair.

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