Related to How do people shave in the 24th century? (regarding Star Trek), how do people shave in the Galaxy Far, Far Away (i.e. the Star Wars universe)? Do they use traditional razors? Do they have any fancy sci-fi devices that do it for them? Or do they have lightshavers as Robot Chicken suggests?

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I'm open to answers in either canon or Legends, so long as they are clearly marked as such (and would prefer an answer that includes both, if applicable).

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    Real men in the Galaxy Far, Far Away only shave with their lighshabers.
    – Hans Olo
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 16:23
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    Or they just stay as scruffy-looking nerf-herders. Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 16:31
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    @Loki Thanks for reminding me that Robot Chicken went with that idea :-) I think that Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II also had Kyle Katarn trying to shave with his lightsaber as an idle animation. Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 16:32
  • Force saves and shaves!
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 20:13

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In an episode of The Clone Wars CG-animated show, we see Obi-Wan get shaved by what appears to be magic:

It's not quite clear what the medical droid is doing, only that it doesn't sound like a shaving device we would recognize, and that it completely disintegrates his hair and beard.

At least some members of the galactic community still use traditional razors; Galen specifically asks for one while being held captive on Vallt:

"I am Chieftain Gruppe. Have you been comfortable? Is there anything you need?"

Galen rubbed the growth that covered his cheeks and chin. "A razor. A hot bath. An extra blanket."

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel Chapter 2: "Isolation"


Razors appear to still exist, but depilatories seem to be the norm; Gilad Pellaeon continues to use a razor, but his companion evidently prefers the chemical solution:

"I'm shaving, Lieutenant..." The boy's like one of those hyperactive little rodents on Ber de Val, all mangy hair, twitches, and zero attention span. "I need to concentrate."

"Might it not be safer to use a depilatory rather than a razor, sir?"

No Prisoners "Prologue"

  • Magic indeed! Is the shaving droid's process reversible? I mean, Obi-Wan goes goes from clean shaven and bald back to regular in a short amount of time. Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 16:52
  • @Thunderforge I haven't watched the arc in a while, so I don't remember if he appears re-bearded at the end or not. Considering they have the technology to alter the bone structure of his face, I can't imagine it would be difficult to stimulate the hair follicles Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 16:53
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    It doesn't have to disintegrate. There could just be a vacuum that pulls in the hair as it is shaved off. Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 20:26
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    @Starkey I agree with you. This is probably a remnant of when early ships had no artificial gravity, and hair needed to be vacuumed immediately after the shave occurs. Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 23:01

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