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How to wax nostrils

By Wax Daddy, Mar 24 2011 01:31PM

Let’s be honest: nostril hair is not attractive.

And yet, for whatever reason, some guys insist on going out in public with thickets poking from their snouts in a vision that would give The Day Of The Triffids a run for the money.

Are they perhaps short-sighted? Do friends and family not think to mention it casually over dinner (“Pass the salt, dear, and do something about your nose hair while you’re at it”)? Or maybe the mere thought of uprooting each individual hair, one by one, is enough to bring tears to the eyes of any man with previous experience of tweezers?

The science is simple: as men age, hormonal fluctuations in the body result in unsightly hair sprouting from the ears and nose. To add insult to injury, these very same hormones are also thought to be responsible for a rapidly receding hairline higher up.

Wise men refuse to take this lying down. Poised in front of the bathroom mirror every Sunday night, we instead hack at the ever-advancing hedgerows with nail scissors, or those mini battery-operated trimmers that always make an appearance around Christmas time as ‘stocking fillers’ (for the record: they make rubbish presents).

As all wax aficionados know, the downside of trimming is that this method leaves behind visible bristles and means prickly regrowth within a week. Waxing, on the other hand, gives much cleaner and longer-lasting results… and surprisingly it hurts a lot less than plucking solitary hairs out one at a time.

Who wouldn’t be sold?!

It is perfectly safe to remove those nasty little stragglers protruding from the rim of the nostrils, and quite frankly I consider it a public service. So, crank up your wax pot and hold onto your Kleenex, we’re going in.

Contra-indications and cautions

In addition to your regular waxing contras, be aware of the following:

:: Excessive broken capillaries.

:: Frequent nose bleeds (i.e. the type of person who gets a nose bleed if you so much as look at them).

:: Any signs of infection, sore or broken skin (e.g. from a cold or hayfever).

:: Nose piercings (ask your client to remove any piercings before you start).

Nostril waxing procedure

(1) Crack open the non-strip (hot) wax - this particular service cannot be performed with strip (warm) wax.

(2) Wear gloves. No arguments. Personally, I don’t fancy poking around in anyone’s nose without them.

(3) Raise the back of your couch slightly so that the client is lying in a semi-reclined position, with his head resting on a pillow or folded towel.

(4) Cleanse and apply a small amount of oil to the inside of both nostrils before starting, just around the lower rim of the nose (hence the gloves).

(5) Wax one nostril at a time and instruct your client to breathe through his mouth. Don’t fill both nostrils with wax at the same time, as this can feel a little claustrophobic.

(6) Get a pea-sized ball of non-strip wax on the end of a facial spatula. Press the nostril shut ever-so-slightly and wipe the wax across the outer rim of the nose (just the lower, visible part of the nostril - pressing the nostril with your finger avoids the risk of wax going too high into the nose). Ensure the wax overlaps sufficiently onto the outside of the nose, as this is what you will use as your ‘handle’ when the time comes for removal.

(7) Once the wax is in place, press the nostril completely closed for a few seconds until the wax starts to set - in effect, this will ‘squidge’ the wax up slightly into the lower part of the nose, catching all of those hairy little blighters in its sticky goodness. Leave the wax in place for another couple of minutes until it fully hardens.

(8) Caution: do not insert your spatula into the nose itself, and only put wax around the lower rim of the nostril. Do not insert your spatula beyond this point, and never leave a spatula inside the nostril while waiting for wax to harden.

(9) When completely dry, press both nostrils together with your fingers, grip the edge of wax that is outside the nostril with your other hand and tug the whole caboodle out quickly and firmly towards the client’s feet. Keep your hand parallel to the customer’s body during removal - don’t pull up into the air, as this will hurt (to put it mildly).

(10) Repeat on the other side, and finish by wiping a small amount of antiseptic cleanser over the area. Et voilà - one hair-free hooter.


Client has a moustache.

If your client has a moustache or more than a day's worth of beard growth, it’s safe to assume he probably wants it to stay where it is. Get him to hold a clean paper or fabric waxing strip under his nose while you apply the wax, which will avoid accidentally catching his facial hair (ouch). Dispose of the strip once the wax is in the nostril and still gummy, otherwise everything will become stuck together.

Wax takes ages to set.

Be aware that the wax inside the nose will take longer to set than normal, due to the warmth of this area. Don't remove until fully hardened or it will merely stretch like chewing gum, and you’ll be left with bits of gooey wax up the customer’s schnoz. To make efficient use of the time, turn the client’s head to the side and wax his ears while waiting for the wax in the nostril to dry.

Wax won’t come out.

If the wax gets stuck or breaks during removal, do not go fishing about with your finger or a pair tweezers trying to get it out! Simply apply more wax over the top, wait for it to set and try again.

Final thought

Sorry to labour the point, but please remember: NEVER shove a spatula or anything else up the client’s nose. It only takes a single mistimed sneeze to ruin someone’s day… ;-)

P.S. Have you seen our nostril waxing video tutorial on YouTube? It's free!

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