How to pluck facial hair on men

Updated February 21, 2017

For most men, the preferred way to removing unwanted facial hair is through the traditional art of shaving. While this works 99 per cent of the time, there may be hairs you cannot successfully cut with a razor, such as an eyebrow or hairs in the crease of the nose. For these hairs, you should use a plucking technique for removal. Plucking hairs can be painful, but it is the easiest and fastest way to remove hard-to-shave hairs.

Stand in an area with a clean mirror and good light. Make sure you can clearly see your face.

Pull the skin where you will be plucking taut with one hand. This will give you a good surface to work with.

Grab hold of the hair as close to the root as possible with the tips of the tweezers. Pull the hair out of the skin evenly and firmly to prevent ingrown hairs.


For an easier time of the plucking, wash your face in warm water or take a shower before you begin. This will open the pores on your face. Once you are done, run an ice cube over the area to keep down swelling and redness.


Don't yank the hair out too quickly. If you are not careful, you may end up giving yourself an ingrown hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • Good light
  • Tweezers
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R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.