Grooming: Brows & beyond

Taming the Beast…grooming brows, nose and ear hair.

Creating a great look requires a focus on details, and a bit of pre­-planning. It’s about choosing the right style, the right color, and clothes that fit. Those things are all important, but they’re not the only things to consider when putting yourself together. In fact, there are things you need to consider that have nothing to do with what you’re wearing. Proper grooming, for example.

What exactly is proper grooming, you ask? It certainly includes a proper shave (or trim), and a good haircut, but those are no­-brainers. Proper grooming includes cleaning up hair that’s growing in all those other places…in ears, those unruly eyebrows, rogue neck hair and strays inside the nose. Trust me, hair sprouting from every hole in your head isn’t going to make a positive impression in public, or on a date. Here are some tips that will help tame unwieldy hair quickly and easily.

 


 

Brows

Grooming Tip: Go for the strays!

Eyebrows

We’ve all seen older guys with big, bushy eyebrows before. When you’re 90, you can do whatever you please. But before then, preen those beasts. For most of us, that means dealing with a uni-brow and fly-­aways (or in my case, the pesky white hair that always comes back).

How to handle the hair:

These are all things that can be dealt with using a good pair of tweezers or scissors for dealing with length. My brows don’t get crazy all that often, but I check every time I shave, just to be sure. Be careful not to over-­pluck. Not many people can pull-off the tiny or non-­existent eyebrow look. You’re specifically aiming to groom, not to eradicate!

 

 

 


 

Grooming Tip: Use a shaving mirror to see better.

Grooming Tip: Use a shaving mirror to see better.

Ear Hair

Sadly, I was cursed with an overabundance of ear hair, as was my father, and his before him. As a young boy, I remember marveling at the majestic locks flowing from my Grandfather’s ears. He could get away with it. I can’t, so I want to take care of that stuff as best as I can.

How to handle the hair:

Those tweezers used for eyebrows? They’re perfect for ears, as well. Ears can be tricky because there’s not just one place the hair grows. Check earlobes and just inside the ear ––you know–– the hair that hangs around the opening to your ear canal. Good tweezers will pull without causing (much) pain, and it’s an easy way to clean things up. Ear hair is notorious for growing back quickly, so be vigilant, make this a regular part of your grooming regimen.

 

 

 

 


 

Grooming Tip: Do NOT, I repeat, Do NOT pluck nose hair!

Grooming Tip: Do NOT, I repeat, Do NOT pluck nose hair!

Nose Hair

Arguably the worst of the body hair to deal with, nose hair can be coarse, very visible, and pretty gross. It’s wiry and usually dark, so it’s always easy to see. Bearded and mustachioed gentlemen tend to let their nose hair flow, but trust me, it needs to be cleaned up––bearded or not.

How to handle the hair:

Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, do NOT use your tweezers on flagrant nose hair. It’s better to use scissors or an electric nose hair trimmer. If you opt for an electric trimmer, don’t go for the bargain-basement option. It’ll still pulls the nose hair out, causing watery eyes and more pain than it should. I personally opt for nose hair scissors with rounded tips. They ensure speed and precision without pain.

 

 

 

 


 

Grooming Tip: Safety First, safety scissors are a must!

Grooming Tip: Safety First, safety scissors are a must!

Tools of the Trade

The quality and durability of ear, nose, and eyebrow care products varies greatly, so what should you buy? I recommend skipping the inexpensive products because the quality just isn’t there.

I use the First Date Kit, from Gorilla Killa. It includes stainless steel nose hair trimmers, tweezers, and nail clippers.

 

 

 

 


 

Sometimes its the details that set you apart…and a little extra attention to the details keep you looking and feeling your best…no matter what you’re wearing.  Any good tips on grooming products you’ve used? Share them in the comments below!

 

 

 


Article By Bruce Sturgell http://www.chubstr.com/

Article By Bruce Sturgell
http://chubstr.com/

Article written by Bruce Sturgell

Bruce is the founder of Chubstr.com, a style blog that helps guys to find, create, and share their own personal style with the world by offering them articles, resources, and reader photo submissions.

Bruce has been featured in the New York Times, Refinery 29, The Huffington Post, The Cut, The Sydney Morning Herald, MSN, and Le Monde for the unique and interesting content he’s created through Chubstr.

 

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