Ear Hair Growth

| August 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ear Hair GrowthI recently got my hair cut by a young lady who had just started up in the hair business and at the end of the quick cut she took out a trimmer and started shoving it in my ears. In this one quick instant, I immediately realized the hands of time were turning against me. Having just hit my 40s, I already knew I was officially old. But was I now going to have to fight ear hair growth for the rest of my life? As I slumped down in the barber chair, I asked her if it was really that bad up there. And with a smile she responded, “Well, you’re starting to sprout a little bit.” I remember thinking, “Great, the answer is yes.” And the little wink she gave me only made me feel slightly better.

Ear hair growth can be both embarrassing and unattractive. And while the condition is more predominant in men, it can affect women as well. The main side effect of having it is simple embarrassment. In extreme cases, it can affect your hearing. But for most of us, it is a fairly harmless condition we experience as we get older. The good news is that there are many safe and effective ways to treat unwanted ear hair. Most of them produce temporary results and require constant grooming. More expensive options can take care of it permanently but do require multiple treatments to be effective.

What exactly causes our ear hair to sprout later in life is not totally certain. And many studies have linked the existence of ear hair with everything from having an increased risk of heart disease to diabetes. But don’t worry so much as most of these studies have also been unproven. According to one Manhattan Dermatologist John F. Romano, the follicles found in our ears become more sensitive to testosterone as we age. This is the leading theory on why this unwanted hair begins to grow. More than likely, it is our body’s natural reaction to aging which kicks in to protect us from loud noises as we get older and at a time when our ears become more sensitive. And guys shouldn’t get too embarrassed. It isn’t an abnormal thing to experience this condition. In fact, most of us or around 75% of men have it.

So what can we do about unwanted ear hair? Well the solutions are numerous and range from the purchase of a pair of tweezers to seeking out electrolysis. Ear hair can be temporarily groomed a number of ways with tweezers, scissors, shaving, waxing or by use of a chemical depilatory. Or you can do what I did by regularly having a young lady clean out your canals for you during your regular hair cut. It is highly suggested that you do not attempt waxing or the use of chemical depilatories at home by yourself as either can be dangerous if you accidentally get one of these substances inside your ears. But shaving or trimming can easily be accomplished at home in front of the bathroom mirror. This solution is the cheapest, easiest and safest option and only a little bit annoying.

If unwanted ear hair growth is something that so offends you that you would like to have it removed permanently, this is also an option. For this you can seek electrolysis or laser hair removal. Electrolysis will cost between $50 to $100 an hour. Laser hair removal will be a bit more expensive and usually runs around $500 per session. For either of these solutions to be fully successful, you do have to have to catch hair with this method while it is either in the catagen or telogen phase. And since this is only about 10-15% of any of your hair at any given time, this means you will have to have quite a few of these sessions for these more expensive methods to work.

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Kip Shives is the Contributing Editor for Hairgrowth.tv and like many of you personally struggles with male pattern baldness. Kip strives to cover quality information on hair growth topics to help you hang on to what you got and find ways to grow new hair. He's a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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