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Shaving at Burning Man

Post by Raven9940 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:03 pm

Does anyone have any tips on how the best way to shave your face is at burning man? It'll just be me in a tent so no RV with bathroom or anything like that. I can't go all week without shaving cause it will itch too much. Normally I use a gillete razor and a decent shave cream after a shower. Anyone care to share how they do it without wasting too much water?

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Post by DVD Burner » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:13 pm

Why shave?

Just sayin......


Makes no sense to me.


Please dont say because of the girls......


do you shave because of the guys?
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Post by Raven9940 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:16 pm

lol I said in my post it's because after a couple of days it itches too much. I tried growing a beard once and the damn thing drove me nuts after a week.

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Post by mudpuppy000 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:17 pm

I didn't bother, but an electric razor is probably less hassle.

Oh yeah, if it itches, you're not drunk enough!

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Post by Raven9940 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:19 pm

Enen though I hate electric razors and what they do to my skin, it may come to that. Just wanted to see what other people do to see what my options are

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Post by thesandman » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:21 pm

that's a good question to ask i have the same prob with face and hair i figured a norelco electric shaver well last 2 or 3 shaves i hope good good enough me to cover 7 days

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Post by DoctorIknow » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:25 pm

I've never understood needing huge amounts of water to shave. Or inch thick foam on the face.

Heck, with the dissolving "smooth strips" on Gillette and most everything else, just a TINY bit (think 4 or 5 raisins worth) of shaving gel, or shampoo for that matter, is enough. Dr. Bonners burns a little, but is quite good, and just a few drops is all it takes.

A small bowl of water to dip the razor in when face starts drying from lack of inch thick foam. The water will transfer to the face and the plastic strip will do its thing.

There really is no need to "flush out" the whiskers from the razor. They will not clog it up. Running water over razors must be one of the biggest wastes of water in the USA, next to efficient toilets which need to be flushed twice LOL.

Try it at home. Also, learn to shave without a mirror....very easy...

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Post by gyre » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:31 pm

Beard trimmer or electric razor.
Shaving causes more problem than trimming.
The good ones get very close without itching.

Andis or Wahl.
Corded is bulletproof.
Battery is handy.
Be sure to get the right blade, a finer size.
T type is okay.

http://www.ryanspet.com/productInfo.asp ... o=AND32320
Don't laugh.
Same products with different part number from barber supplies and lower cost.

Or try Sally's beauty supplies.

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Post by thesandman » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:33 pm

a good Straight razor like the old west may work good too

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Post by whaleboy » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:34 pm

on top of the last post- and shave by feel. Shave it blind, methodically, then run your fingertips around finding the rough bits. And use a damp cloth to wipe off whatever your razor didn't get. Two small bowls of water. One for initial wash and razor dipping, one for cleaning your rinse cloth.

I do shave once or twice each year on the playa.
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Post by gyre » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:34 pm

DoctorIknow wrote: There really is no need to "flush out" the whiskers from the razor. They will not clog it up. Running water over razors must be one of the biggest wastes of water in the USA, next to efficient toilets which need to be flushed twice LOL.

Try it at home. Also, learn to shave without a mirror....very easy...
I can't use a multi-blade razor without it clogging up no matter what I do.
Playa makes it much worse.
I can only use a single blade style, harder to find, but they always work better.

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Post by Raven9940 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:35 pm

Can't use a straigt razor, those things will kill me lol

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Post by trystanthegypsy » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:38 pm

So, being a little tiny bit of a sparkle pony, or maybe just a sex addict, I shaved my legs in the middle of the week. I actually can't remember exactly how I did it...

Well anyways, I use an expensive girly razor with the goopy strip. I used a cup of hot water, shave, dip, shave, dip, etc. and chilled out with a daquiri. Then liberally apply moisturizer. You can also use shaving oil, which I get at my local camping store or somewhere like Trader Joe's or whatever hippy store you guys have in the states :)

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Post by Bob » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:44 pm

Hot towel, Neutrogena shave cream.
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Post by Raven9940 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:47 pm

How do you get it hot?

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Post by TomServo » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:48 pm

I got used to dry shaving. But if you hate pain, boil some water, shave with it, and filter the old water through a rag, and evaporate the water.
anything worth doing is worth overdoing..

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Post by Raven9940 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:49 pm

Yeah I can't dryshave. MSTK3K rules btw

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Post by trystanthegypsy » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:52 pm

Raven9940 wrote:How do you get it hot?
with a stove? or just leave it out in the sun in a steel waterbottle for a while?

I feel sooooo much better when I wash my face with hot water once a day, or make tea, or hot chocolate. The stove I bring is a little single burner top that screws onto a liquid propane gas canister- it's ridiculously small and easy to use, and works ok even if it's a bit windy.

Are you really not bringing a stove? Wow, minimalist!

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Post by TomServo » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:54 pm

Camp stove, cheap metal pot, melted ice water, a razor, shaving cream, something to pour the water into, and a rag.
anything worth doing is worth overdoing..

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Post by Bob » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:55 pm

Raven9940 wrote:How do you get it hot?
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Post by Raven9940 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:56 pm

Do they let you bring backpacking stoves in checked luggage?

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Post by Thecatman » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:10 pm

DVD Burner wrote:Why shave?

Bingo!
I'll shave the night before I head to the playa and thats it til I get home
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Post by thesandman » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:23 pm

just go for the Straight razor you only live once lol but yes i can not go more then 4 days max before my skin drives me crazy

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Post by trystanthegypsy » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:23 pm

Raven9940 wrote:Do they let you bring backpacking stoves in checked luggage?
Ye--e-e-e-s but not the fuel. You should be able to buy it in Reno. Supposedly you can't bring it if it's ever had fuel in it, but just make sure it's burned off.

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Post by oldsoul » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:29 pm

Scratching at a beard is one of the most manly and distinguished acts there is. Man up and rough it for a week.

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Post by thesandman » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:31 pm

for a stove get a trangia stove runs on any alcohol over %70 safe easy to fly with too can get fuel all most any ware so you can heat the water for your Straight razor :D

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Post by thesandman » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:34 pm

Scratching at a beard is one of the most manly and distinguished acts there is. Man up and rough it for a week
not if your face turns red and spots LOL

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Post by mode-of-operation » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:34 pm

Use some Nair. You don't have to shave anything. Hair just melts right off you face.

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Post by teardropper » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:37 pm

If your face starts to itch, apply vodka liberally. But not to your face.

I use a double edge razor. As mentioned, Dr. Bronners works. Heat a little water, wash your face with the peppermint soap, work a little more in and get a little soapy lather, shave. Probably won't be the best shave you've ever had, but be creative. Radical self reliance.

I have a friend who shaves his face and head every day. It is possible.
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Post by Sham » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:11 am

Buy a cheap Norelco razor (they make a few grades) and try to get used to it before heading to BRC. I do the feel method and then use a car mirror for the spots I missed. I usually shave every 3rd day.

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