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This nose hair ripper-outer I bought in Tokyo works great. (SLBoingBoing)
posted by Johnny Wallflower (63 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
works "great".

FTFY (after I got done cringing in sympathetic pain)
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:21 AM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]


as someone who occasionally pulls long nose hairs out one by one, this looks like a far more efficient way to inflict severe pain upon myself
posted by phooky at 10:30 AM on August 16, 2018 [28 favorites]


Good for him, pushing the definition of “great” until it breaks entirely. I can see how this can be used in the future.

War with North Korea Works Great!

Great new face-eating hyena treatment for acne!

News: Robot Overlords impose great population culling algorithm
posted by q*ben at 10:33 AM on August 16, 2018 [5 favorites]


I was kind of hoping for video.
posted by arcticseal at 10:35 AM on August 16, 2018 [4 favorites]


A less horrifyingly-painful alternative, in case anyone's interested.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:35 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]


That guy on the package is way too excited about his waxy hairstick.
posted by jackbishop at 10:40 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]


Yeaaaaahhhh.... this is a super-fun way to contract a nasty MRSA infection.
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:40 AM on August 16, 2018 [8 favorites]


A less horrifyingly-painful alternative, in case anyone's interested.

The little electric trimmers -- there are rotary ones and baby wand things -- are less likely to accidentally draw blood *and* you have the benefit of knowing that the thing you're shoving up your nose was probably used as a prop in at least one low-to-moderate-budget scifi show/movie.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 10:59 AM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]


Oh sweet Jesus. I have a nose hair problem. That is not the solution.

Did he do both nostrils simultaneously??? I'm pretty sure if I worked up the fortitude to rip one side out, I'd never be able to go again.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 11:01 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]


Yeah just buy a trimmer or those Japanese scissors that have rounded tips so you can jam em in without slicing your nostrils up.
posted by GuyZero at 11:04 AM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]


waxy hairstick

...is my new stage name.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:10 AM on August 16, 2018 [12 favorites]


But hair is nice :(

We're mammals, it's a feature, not a bug!
posted by Vesihiisi at 11:11 AM on August 16, 2018 [6 favorites]


To use it, you heat up waxy pellets in a microwave oven, apply the molten wax to a plastic stick, shove it into your nostril (twisting as you do so), waiting 90 seconds, then yanking the stick out and screaming "SHIT! THAT HURT!"
So it’s a Brazilian for nostrils?
posted by octobersurprise at 11:17 AM on August 16, 2018 [5 favorites]


If people are shoving in anywhere during your Brazilian you should reconsider every choice you've ever made.

Come to think of it, the same applies to nose hair.
posted by poe at 11:27 AM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]


I saw a guy using tweezers to pluck his nose hair while driving in traffic, that's the kind of courage you have to admire.
posted by peeedro at 11:27 AM on August 16, 2018 [12 favorites]


i have something that looks like this trimmer and it works just fine but i also get lazy and pluck the ones that are sticking just outside the nostril with my nails and now i kinda wanna try this wax because i'm a masochist
posted by numaner at 11:32 AM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]


I think there was a deleted scene from Saw where somone woke up with these pre-inserted in their nose and they had to decide if they had the fortitude to yank them out before a timer for certain death ticked down.
posted by Poogle at 11:40 AM on August 16, 2018 [7 favorites]


No mention of how long it takes to regain your eyesight after your eyes stop watering.
posted by Flexagon at 11:56 AM on August 16, 2018 [12 favorites]


Fuck that.
posted by PHINC at 12:25 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]


I think there's a huuuuge amount of "BODY, I'LL SHOW YOU WHO'S BOSS" involved. Fortunately, one is able to grow out of this attitude eventually (if the body doesn't win prematurely).
posted by hat_eater at 12:36 PM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]


I can't stop looking at that last picture of the little plastic rods with hairy globs of wax on them. I want to add more wax to the top, shape it, and add googly eyes. Horrifying little bearded monsters.
posted by duffell at 12:38 PM on August 16, 2018 [8 favorites]


I would totally do this. Usually I use a standard nosehair trimmer but I still relish the times when I find a really long hair and yank it, only to feel a little twinge behind my eyeball.
posted by mikesch at 12:42 PM on August 16, 2018 [8 favorites]


Thanks! I hate it!
posted by lumpenprole at 12:52 PM on August 16, 2018 [19 favorites]


I saw a guy using tweezers to pluck his nose hair while driving in traffic, that's the kind of courage you have to admire.

I watched a woman apply eyeliner! While driving a car! In motion, not stopped at a light or anything. No hands on the wheel, pencil just a literal hair's-breadth from her eyeball. Harrowing.
posted by uncleozzy at 12:53 PM on August 16, 2018 [4 favorites]


Haha am I the only one who immediately followed the link to Amazon and bought myself a kit??
posted by Grither at 1:08 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]


I will report back once it arrives and I recover. Arrival date is 8/24, so I'm guessing I'll be recovered by....2019?
posted by Grither at 1:08 PM on August 16, 2018 [8 favorites]


I still relish the times when I find a really long hair and yank it, only to feel a little twinge behind my eyeball.

Yeah that's the good stuff right there...
posted by spilon at 1:16 PM on August 16, 2018 [7 favorites]


Haha am I the only one who immediately followed the link to Amazon and bought myself a kit??

Just you.

Just.

You.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:22 PM on August 16, 2018 [6 favorites]


Here is a more sane Amazon link

I have one of these. The LED is a nice touch.
posted by linux at 1:59 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]


> Greg_Ace:
"works "great".

FTFY (after I got done cringing in sympathetic pain)"


I think I would stick with a furry nose then.
posted by Samizdata at 2:03 PM on August 16, 2018


That would look kind of strange without the rest of the costume.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:53 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]


NO.
posted by yoga at 3:02 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]


I picture boogers just falling out at really inopportune moments. That and sneezing blood.
posted by Brocktoon at 3:18 PM on August 16, 2018 [4 favorites]


Thank you for this disturbing something.
posted by Artw at 4:03 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]


The photo at the bottom combined with the text in the bidet promotion just below it to kill me. RIP me 2018.
posted by moonmilk at 4:11 PM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]


Oh, I figured out what it reminds me of. Khlav kalash!
posted by moonmilk at 4:17 PM on August 16, 2018


I can't stop looking at that last picture of the little plastic rods with hairy globs of wax on them. I want to add more wax to the top, shape it, and add googly eyes. Horrifying little bearded monsters.

brb buying some rn
posted by numaner at 4:52 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]


I will report back once it arrives and I recover.

Post video, please.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:03 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]


hat_eater: "I think there's a huuuuge amount of "BODY, I'LL SHOW YOU WHO'S BOSS" involved"

The problem with plucking individual hairs is that, after each one, your body is like "double or nothing, fucker."
posted by Riki tiki at 5:21 PM on August 16, 2018 [8 favorites]


Post video, please.

Yeah, so that I can explicitly not watch it! Guhhh...
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:30 PM on August 16, 2018


Ok, I live in Tokyo and tried Gosso! about a year ago. It works, just as advertised. And even better, it's not that painful. I was expecting a lot, and there was a bit, but it's a split-second, and over before it even begins. Very much worth it. But of course hair hairs, so I had to do it all over again a month later, but it beats the daily plucking.
posted by zardoz at 6:25 PM on August 16, 2018


A less horrifyingly-painful alternative, in case anyone's interested.

I use the battery-free version, which works great on both noses and ears.
posted by rhizome at 6:36 PM on August 16, 2018


I had a long and weirdly itchy nose hair a while back, and plucking it made me sneeze for about an hour. I'm ok with the idea of this, but worry about the after effects.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:37 PM on August 16, 2018


I use the battery-free version

I have that, but I'm not as happy with it as you are. I always end up having to finish the job with a pair of full-size but slender hair trimming scissors to get the job done properly (and I have yet to stab myself, by the way).
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:57 PM on August 16, 2018


I’ll second that plucking nose hairs is a great way to get a nasty infection. I use a rotary nose hair trimmer that I bought myself for Christmas and wrapped and put it under the tree, and in front of family and friends on Christmas morning, opened and made a *huge* deal about how it was the most thoughtful, wonderful gift I’ve ever received, even faking some tears.

But as someone who frequently discovers one of those thick ass stray hairs peaking out of my nostril and then obsesses over it all day, resisting the urge to pull that mother fucker out, that last photo was reeeaaally satisfying to look at.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:34 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]


Best way to not stab yourself with scissors is to get scissors meant specifically for cutting nose hairs (works for ear hairs too but don't stick them in your ears):
posted by eye of newt at 11:52 PM on August 16, 2018


Finally, a full Brazilian for the nostrils.
posted by ouke at 5:41 AM on August 17, 2018 [1 favorite]


Doctors frown on pulling nose hair.

Infections.
posted by BWA at 5:57 AM on August 17, 2018 [1 favorite]


I was kind of hoping for video.

Not this particular product, but similar if this is an itch you need to scratch:

Nose hair waxing.

This man is either an automaton or heavily anesthetized. He also may not possess tear ducts.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:59 AM on August 17, 2018 [1 favorite]




I'm imagining this (amazing, hilarious, painful) but for the nose, which, ow.
posted by duffell at 9:01 AM on August 17, 2018


I bought myself for Christmas and wrapped and put it under the tree, and in front of family and friends on Christmas morning, opened and made a *huge* deal about how it was the most thoughtful, wonderful gift I’ve ever received, even faking some tears.

why don't i ever do this? it sounds amazing.
posted by numaner at 9:02 AM on August 17, 2018


Not this particular product, but similar if this is an itch you need to scratch:

Nose hair waxing. yt


there's no showing of the blob with hair on it. 0/10 that's not a real person
posted by numaner at 9:03 AM on August 17, 2018 [1 favorite]


BoingBoing really has become incredibly spammy. Every other post seems to be something ON SALE IN THE BOINGBOING STORE!
posted by WCityMike at 10:09 AM on August 17, 2018 [1 favorite]


Every other post seems to be something ON SALE IN THE BOINGBOING STORE!

online advertising ain't what it used to be
posted by GuyZero at 10:19 AM on August 17, 2018


to contract a nasty MRSA infection.

Because this is MetaFilter, I am honor-bound to point out that the final link is to a site that would very much like us to live in mortal fear of MRSA because they offer a product that ostensibly protects against it. Not to trivialize the potential for misery implicit in the concept of rapidly-necrotizing nose-rotting superbugs, of course.
posted by adamgreenfield at 10:21 AM on August 17, 2018 [1 favorite]


Also:

Finally, a full Brazilian for the nostrils.

[...]

Doctors frown on pulling nose hair.

Infections.


Do people not bother to read any of the comments previously posted before dumping their own witticism into the text-entry field? Dag.
posted by adamgreenfield at 10:25 AM on August 17, 2018


Because this is MetaFilter, I am honor-bound to point out that the final link is to a site that would very much like us to live in mortal fear of MRSA because they offer a product that ostensibly protects against it.

Yeah, come on now, do the Peter Watts link.
posted by Artw at 12:20 PM on August 17, 2018


This man is either an automaton or heavily anesthetized.

He's Canadian.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:22 PM on August 17, 2018 [4 favorites]


MetaFilter: Dag.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:22 PM on August 17, 2018 [2 favorites]


For those of us who refuse to turn off ad blockers for Business Insider, here's a different link about why you shouldn't pluck nose hairs. Another pastime ruined by medical science.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:30 PM on August 17, 2018


I pretty much stopped reading when I came to this sentence. "Fundamentally, we should never pull out our nose hairs because they’re there for a reason! If we didn’t need them, we wouldn’t have them!"

This is such an obvious fallacy that it actually made my nose hair fall out, so I have no need to read further. Way to go, clickbait site!
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 1:48 PM on August 18, 2018 [2 favorites]


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posted by numaner at 10:33 AM on August 19, 2018


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