Shaving at Burning Man

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jella
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Re: Shaving at Burning Man

Post by jella » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:05 am

No kidding...besides it's too early to shave.😞
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Re: Shaving at Burning Man

Post by Toe » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:49 pm

I've since moved on to a super cheapo 'shavette' mini straight razor with a finger ring. It takes disposable double edged blades from a safety razor. The result is zero clogs and fewer nicks, surprisingly. I'll see how it works on the playa in a couple weeks.

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Re: Shaving at Burning Man

Post by Shoeshine » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:08 pm

straight blade shaving is awesome. but there is a learning curve. Learning to strop it well takes some practice, honing even more.

If you dont want to get into it full bore, any barber supply has straight blade holders and the blades are dirt cheap.

example (not advocating this company just a quick google search) https://www.barbersupply.com/razor-shav ... zor-black/

The key for me is pre-shave oil.

No clog, minimal water (couple of tablespoons will do) wipe it on a rag and leave to dry.

I shave 2-3 times each year out there and it feels great, kind of an indulgence. Just go slow take your time, light strokes. A mirror really helps, not only to see spots but to make sure you are holding the thing correctly. You hold it no more than 15 deg to your face. too steep and thats when you cut yourself.

An aftershave is nice too, really anything astringent like witch-hazel, but I like taconic bay-rum. (my wife helped pick that one, says it smells like a man in good way. I gotta say ups the amorous triggers)

Treat it like self-care, a spa moment. 20 minutes to focus on yourself.

makes me feel like a million bucks

maybe practice at home before the burn though...

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Re: Shaving at Burning Man

Post by Molotov » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:29 am

I just bring an (rechargeable) electric razor to knock off the tall stuff. I recharge it in the few times I run my generator. I have BIC razors as backup, Get a good shave when I get home.

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Re: Shaving at Burning Man

Post by Captain Goddammit » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:46 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:22 am
...way to pull out of the past a nine-year-old archived thread...
Ha, yeah... but then, that’s about how long its been since eplaya was very interesting.
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Re: Shaving at Burning Man

Post by Toe » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:42 pm

Post burn report on straight razor shaving at TTITD: It works!

Yes it's actually a compact shavette that I use, so there was no stropping or honing, just a double edge blade from the drug store.

First shave was in a moving car bumping along the playa during early entry. Yes it was fine. No I wasn't driving the car. Subsequent shaves were every three days or so.

I used a bit of shave soap and maybe 20 drops of water for the whole operation. Water kept evaporating off my face so I had to reapply it on the area I was shaving. Mostly I shaved 'with the grain' and didn't dive too deep into trying to get super smooth. I nicked myself a little bit more than usual but a dab with a stypitc pencil took care of that and I was good to go. No pieces of meat fell off my face.

Since this was a straight razor shave, there was no issue with clogging.

The only problem was my mirror. I used a small concave magnifying mirror but its curvature was too aggressive and I couldn't see my whole face properly.

So straight razor = yes!
Mini concave mirror = no.

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