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Shaving While On The Camino

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by frankangelo, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. frankangelo

    frankangelo New Member

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    I like to keep my head and face shaved. I use a battery powered shaver. Is it feasible to expect to have about 20 minutes of time in the bathrooms at the albergues to be able to do this. Please no judjements. It is not a vanity issue but rather what makes me feel more comfortable.
     
  2. danvo

    danvo Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is no problem with daily shaving. Bathrooms are not small, for single person. Charging is no problem everywhere.
     
  3. frankangelo

    frankangelo New Member

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    Thank you danvo.
     
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    The only issue that I see is that you are intending to use the bathroom for your shave - In the smaller Refugio’s where the facilities are limited that you might make yourself unpopular hogging them for 20 minutes in the morning – However, if you get up early, or wait until later, then I also can’t see this being a problem – It’s just a case of being aware that there will be others wanting to use the same facilities and therefore trying to fit in and not inconvenience your fellow Peregrino’s – Another option might be, as your shaver is battery operated, to shave somewhere else other that the bathroom, after all, all you need is a mirror :)

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

    Rob
     
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    I would agree about doing it at off-peak times. I did the same thing using a regular razor and just made sure it wasn't during "rush hour"
     
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  6. frankangelo

    frankangelo New Member

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    Thank you for the additional information.
    You are right. If need be I can find an area, other than the bathroom, to shave. I suspect the Camino will be one big lesson in adaptation and moving beyond our habitual patterns and comfort zones.
     
  7. fraluchi

    fraluchi 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

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    I am used to a wet shave and do this every evening. ;)At that time most pilgrims are just taking a shower after their walk. Mornings keep the wash basins busy:eek:.
     
  8. Mark Stevens

    Mark Stevens Peregrino

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    no foam & shaver = less weight. I'm not shaving for 4 weeks :) 21 days to go.........
     
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  9. Canadian Wander

    Canadian Wander When in doubt, rack out...

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    I took the chance to grow my 'play-off' beard as well, but I suspect the suggestion of evening shaving would be a good one.
     
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  10. frankangelo

    frankangelo New Member

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    I am undecided at this point but I may opt to leave my razor at home and spare the weight as you have done. Also spare the time to shave and where to shave, etc. Will be an interesting experiment for me, growing a beard again after 30 years clean shaven.
     
  11. Devon Mike

    Devon Mike Well-Known Member

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    I carry a 75ml shaving gel and a couple of disposable razors. Total weight less then 100g. so not a problem.
     
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  12. Canadian Wander

    Canadian Wander When in doubt, rack out...

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    While I did 'beard out' while there, I did carry just the head of my blade razor, and a travel package of shaving 'leaves'. Very small and light (16g), had 50 x shaving leaves, just add water in your pam and works great. Have used them on other trips. Company was "Sea to Summit." Same type I used for laundry soap. No liquids or compressed gas items! Can be carried on plane (TSA approved) with you, takes no room and works great.
    The razor and shave leaves were the only items I carried but didn't use.
     
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    I'm going to let it grow!
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    It seems like the Camino may be just the right place for any number of new practices and interesting experiments.
     
  15. Gerry Vandermaat

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    I took a disposable and used soap for a wet shave every two days - seemed to go alright. I didn't take my electric shaver for weight reason - a few knicks as I haven't used a razor for years. - But i didn't bleed to death. Make sure you send us a pic of what you look like before and after.

    Buen Camino - Gerry:)
     
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    I had begun my "retirement beard" in early 2015. By the time we walked our camino in October of that year, it was in full bloom. As our camino progressed, someone commented I looked like Ernest Hemingway, then Walt Whitman. By the end (side picture is pilgrim's office in Santiago), it looked more like ZZ Top.

    Agree with other comments suggesting "off time" bathroom use. For my professional career, I always took a shower the first thing each morning. For the camino, I altered my routine to take a shower in the albergue after we checked in. Worked fine. The flow of pilgrims in the morning is quite heavy - sometimes stacked two or three deep each sink or toilet, so taking a long time to shave in the morning might create issues with other anxious pilgrims. I'm sure you can find quiet time to shave in the afternoon or evening.
     
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  17. Canadian Wander

    Canadian Wander When in doubt, rack out...

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    I looked like BROWNCOUNTYBOB, well- maybe not as respectable and dignified by the time we reached Santiago. I had met a great US pilgrim named Bill, California. By the end I looked like him with the beard, and I called him my Camino Dad. He was a wonderful man.
     
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    I am going for a first ever 20 day beard, one less thing to think about :)
     
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    One thing to consider about growing a beard is that if you have to shave it off at the end it may leave a white mark as the rest of your face will be suntanned. Just a thought ;)
     
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    YorkieUltraRunner Ultra Runner

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    Beard is at 5 days now
     
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    Let's see a picture!
     
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    Canadian Wander When in doubt, rack out...

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    Didn't find that I had a noticeable untanned area when I got home and shaved off the 'play-off' beard, but did look younger! Kind of nice to not shave for a while.
     

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    Beard suit you :)
     
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    YorkieUltraRunner Ultra Runner

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    How kind
     
  26. Terry Wilson

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    SHAVING on the Camino Whato_O:eek::p
     
  27. UnkleHammy

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    I cut my beard short when I left and then just let it grow. Many other men on the Camino did the same.
     
  28. Canadian Wander

    Canadian Wander When in doubt, rack out...

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    image.jpeg Took the time to grow out some pretty grey beard. Saved myself all that razor weight!(lol)
     
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    My feelings towards razors are obvious...
     
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    Here's a recommendation if you need some hair/beard help when you get to Santiago - when you're walking into the historic district via the Praza Porta Camino, make a right on the ring road or get to the Praza do San Roque and go to Peluqueria Hermitas (hair salon) on Rua de San Roque (just on the edge of the old town). They're a neighborhood place, much cheaper than the places in the tourist district, and very welcoming to pilgrims. They cut my hair, trimmed the hair and beards of two other newly-arrived pilgrims and were very kind.
     
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