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Looking at the history of shaving, I just realized that modern shaving with razors, safety razors, double-blade safety razors, triple-blade safety razors, ... are all very recent. Which got me questioning, what advances have been made for shaving by the 24th century.

So, the question is, in the Star Trek universe, how do people shave? Is there any mention of how such personal grooming in done? I do remember Tuvok shaving with a futuristic looking straight-edge razor in "Year of Hell: Part I" when he has been blinded. But how do people normally shave?

In-universe answer or an out-of-universe explanation is fine.

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    They either use the blue cube or a flat razor; memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Razor – Valorum Sep 19 '16 at 18:37
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    I don't know, but whatever they use, it makes your chin as smooth as an android's bottom (or not). – Rand al'Thor Sep 19 '16 at 18:37
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    I'd like the answer to be "with a phaser and a mirror." But I don't think it is. – Doug R. Sep 19 '16 at 19:15
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    @DougR. I'd like the answer to be, "Transporter Room 3, transport my excess facial hair 300 meters off the starboard bow" but I don't think it is, either. – user11521 Sep 19 '16 at 23:00
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    Warp speed doesn't apply to facial hair. It just gets left behind every time they travel. – sanpaco Sep 19 '16 at 23:28
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With a (futuristic) razor

We see both Geordi LaForge and Ben Sisko using a similar-looking device to shave their beards and (in Sisko's case) heads:

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The technology behind this device isn't explored on the show, but it doesn't appear to be bladed; presumably it uses sonic technology, or something similarly high-tech.

Though more traditional razors may also be employed

We do see Tuvok using a more traditional-looking straight razor, but given his character that may be more of a Vulcan tradition:

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We also see Troi and Riker using an old-fashioned straight razor, suggesting that (as with many other aspects of 24th-century life) nostalgia for the 20th century is alive and well and living in Starfleet:

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    I'd bet that prop is a pencil sharpener. As such it does have blade, although not very helpful for shaving. ;) – Helmar Sep 19 '16 at 19:18
  • Totally looks like a pencil sharpener. Nice catch! – coblr Sep 19 '16 at 20:22
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    @Helmar "I'm so cool, I use a pencil sharpener to shave with." – Rand al'Thor Sep 19 '16 at 22:58
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    If you're looking for more pics, you might also check the episode with Mot the Barber, where members of the Enterprise-D recall repressed memories after seeing, among other things, a pair of barber's scissors. The episode is Schisms. memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Schisms_(episode) – Kingrames Sep 20 '16 at 2:04
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    "(in Sisko's case) heads:"... Sisko has more than one head? I think I would have noticed that... – Eric Towers Sep 20 '16 at 6:30

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