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Hair and beard on the road?

I like being excessively hairy but I want to maintain a genteel appearance for my next trip - so how do you manage beards and hair length?

I am guessing a 12v electric shaver which is also used on your bonce!

Paying for haircuts and shaves etc soon gets expensive .. and there's no such thing as free electricity for a pair of clippers is there?

How do you deal with it?
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Best bet is a battery operated beard trimmer, can also shave your head with them.
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Why not actually pay a local to do it and put something into their economy? It's not like you'll need to do it weekly, and in a lot of places round the world it's less than a couple of quid. Skip a once a month and have a haircut instead!
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as above ... most parts of the world its dirt cheap.

Shave whenever you get a warm water tap. Get a haircut once every 2 months ... at a cost of about 2 s or 50km worth of fuel.

Seriously, its not an issue!
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Hairy haircuts are easy enough, and you will probably blend better with the local 'styles?' I use the cheap throw away wet shave razors but do not know how available they would be outside Western Europe. If getting a shave in Turkey, you might want to forgo the blowtorch
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Talking

...and what about the nails
how you do that

You might find the answers in "Womens topics"

here some other "cheap" possibilities:sorce rer::batman :
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Get a shave or haircut locally. you can get it for 1-2£ and then its a double shave with face massage and lotion afterwards. In some places they'll remove ear and nose hair as well ;-)

The best I've had was in Lhasa, even when they used old blades, because I was placed in a chair and a beautifull 20y old chinese woman sitting behind me, placed my head between her breasts all the time while shaving me

I wouldn't be without that experience just to save a few quid.
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I think i could be persuaded to have a shave every day with a headrest like that WELL WORTH A FEW QUID Rob
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I have an old-fashion manual set of hair clippers and have used it for years to cut my own hair. no batteries, no electricity. Don't know if you could still find a pair for sell, but somewhere on the net probably. I paid .25 cents for mine 20 years ago. A set of scissors, one pointed and one round-both small-- works well for beard or moustache. I will not get my hair cut in any third world nation again. Did it several times in the past and 4 times wound up with head lice from the barber not cleaning the tools. These days, the only hair I have left is a small fringe around the ears. takes 2 minutes to manage.
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Get a shave or haircut locally. you can get it for 1-2£ and then its a double shave with face massage and lotion afterwards. In some places they'll remove ear and nose hair as well ;-)

The best I've had was in Lhasa, even when they used old blades, because I was placed in a chair and a beautifull 20y old chinese woman sitting behind me, placed my head between her breasts all the time while shaving me

I wouldn't be without that experience just to save a few quid.
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I am in China just now for work, and have been, for nearly 9 months, with the few weeks in Korea.
But seriously, we will take the new train from Beijing West Train Station to Lhasa.
2 days, 2 nights, the highest train track in the world at over 5027 meters

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I find short hair cuts more suitable, especially in hot climates and given that you're wearing a helmet most of the time. So long as it's not Europe or North America, you can have a decent hair cut for less than the price of a bear, just rock up with a passport picture (that has the haircut you desire), sit down and relax.

I like to be clean shaven, so at least some part of my appearance looks respectable (in contrast to scruffy riding pants and the like). I just take a bit of shaving soap (a Palmolive stick lasts me about 5 months), and a small razor, and that does the job when there are no specialty head rests or other boys-spa options around.

Regarding clippers, that would be too much weight and bulk to be used less than a month, when you can get the same thing from locals for next to nothing. You meet more people that too, and get fashion advice from the ladies ;-)
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But again, you run the risk of dirty cutting tools. If I were only on the road for a month, I wouldn't be concerned. For the two years of the planned trip, yeah, I would be. I will happily take the extra 4 ounces to ensure a lice free scalp. I also take quality scissors and trim Old Woman's hair when she needs it. I also carry a straight razor set, stones and small strop. Silly? Maybe, but there is a certain relaxing thing about having the familiar objects and routines that make it worth carrying those few extra ounces. And I never worry about finding a safety razor in a store in South Dbuoksie
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as above ... most parts of the world its dirt cheap.

Shave whenever you get a warm water tap. Get a haircut once every 2 months ... at a cost of about 2 s or 50km worth of fuel.

Seriously, its not an issue!
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Agreed! Support the local econamy. Anyways, having a conversation with a complete stranger who has a razor to your neck can be a stimulating experience!
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i found this clipper that is battery operated....as in normal AA battery... it does the job for me,i have a "well trimmed bear"...as in i keep my beard in controll but i cannt be bother to shave...much easier clipping the beard at the shortest setting...as for the hairs...wel i have long one...but if it gets to hot i'l shurelly go to an hair dresser..job done!!!!

The clipper works with normal AA batteries same as my camera...so unless i want to take a picture while shavig i can use the same batteries....i use rechargeable AA, 2400mhz!! they last for 2/3 months with one charge.
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A hair cut from a barber in most SE Asian countries is around $.75-1.50. If you want to let your hair grow save the 75 cents. The best way to shave I found is a good old simple razor as it does not require electricity and you can use it anywhere with a little soap and water from a stream if you are on the road. I wash my own clothes most of the time. I use the quick dry shirts and underwear when I am touring. They dry overnight. The markets sell laundry detergent as a bar of soap. Its small and convenient and you can wash your clothes in the shower or in a stream or river. Enjoy!
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