Nose hair is a subject that most of us women don’t usually prefer to talk about. When you spy a hair in your nose, your first thought may be to get rid of it immediately. But, it actually serves a pretty important purpose: it’s your body’s first-line of defense against bacteria and germs in the nasal cavity. If you didn’t have nose hair, you’d be at a constant risk for infection. Drew Barrymore, our trusted source for all things beauty and self-care, shares the number one annoyance of having long nose hair and some simple ways to hide it without ridding them from our nose altogether.
“A funny thing I tend to forget about is nose hairs. Now, I have done one of those machines that plucked everything out and I felt like a naked gazelle—I felt so sexy, I was like oh my god, nude nostrils? Everything.” But, when Barrymore got sick a few days later she knew there was a purpose behind the protective fibers we like to call nose hair.
Drew explains that the number one issue with having long nose hair (besides the fact that others can see it) is that when you’re powdering your face, the loose powder tends to get stuck in those un-kept hairs.
“When the nose hairs do grow long, powder gets caught in them and it’s not very attractive—I’m gonna actually go with the word disgusting. So, what I like to do is take these kinds of scissors. They’re rounded so you can actually get right in the nostril and start trimming around it. Because they’re rounded at the end, they won’t cut you—they’re safe to use in and around the nose,” explains Barrymore.
Then, Drew explains how using a Q-tip and rubbing it around the inside of the nostril cleans out both the snipped hairs and any excess setting powder that you didn’t already catch.
“It’s those funny little steps that we tend to forget but when we go out in the world those little details make a big difference. Then, you won’t have nose hairs flying out when you smile, which mine tend to do unless I trim them.”
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