There’s a viral video circulating on social media featuring a man who’s having his facial hair waxed.
In the clip, the hair-removal technician gently puts wax all over the man’s face—on his cheeks, forehead, and the nose—and then removes it quickly. Ouch. If that isn’t cringe-worthy enough, wait until you see the part where two small wooden sticks are put inside his nostrils and then hastily pulled out. Yikes.
This isn’t the first nose hair waxing video to trend this year. Last April, makeup artist and beauty vlogger Sepi Balini also posted the same technique on her Instagram account.
The post has a whopping 7 million views as of writing.
While the nose-hair removal procedure seems to be the instant answer to men and women’s hairy problems, we can’t help but wonder if this method is safe. According to a local ENT (ears, nose, and throat) doctor, removing nose hair will not only cause pain, but will also affect your overall health.
Apparently, your nose hair plays a vital role in filtering foreign particles entering the nasal cavity. “Removal of nasal hair by pulling can leave wounds for bacteria to enter. Many carry Staphylococcus aureus, which could access small openings that can cause life-threatening brain infections. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), which is more difficult to control and kill because of drug resistance. So pulling your nose hair can be a dance with death,” says Dr. Willie E. de la Cruz of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
He adds: “It is the first line of defense against airborne pathogens like bacteria, fungi, spores and other debris. Nose hair also provides additional humidity to the inhaled air and conditions it before entering the lungs. As air passes through the nasal cavity, the mucus and hair produce heat and moisture.”
A recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health also states the same: removing nose hair is dangerous, so imagine the consequences of actually waxing them off.
According to the research, it’s best to keep the insides of your nose bushy in order to better filter the air for your lungs. Aside from keeping dirt, bacteria, and toxins out as mentioned above, the hair inside your nose lets fresh oxygen in, which helps the respiratory system to function well.
FYI, waxing your hair apparently stimulates more hair growth. In another study, it was found that when hairs were removed, follicles in the skin were prompted to send out a “distress” signal that led to even more hairs growing back. “Plucking our 200 hairs triggered the growth of up to 1,200 replacement hairs in the mice” the study states.