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I am 19, and with my family gene history, that means that I am just starting to hit puberty ...

More accurately, it means I am at the point where I have just enough facial hair for it to be a pain in my ass, but not enough for me to do anything cool with (I look forward to the day when I can be moustachioed like Dali). The slow uneven growth rate of the hair, if left unchecked, will result in a fuzzy chin made up of a variety of hair lengths. The juxtaposition of hairs less than a centimeter in length with hairs over two inches in length makes for a really creepy look.

I have played with fire enough to know that it is a great way of removing hair, so I figured doing it intentionally for once might be a good change of pace, which is why I've started Fire Shaving.

I have no problem with shaving like a normal person, there are many things I do like a normal person. It is just sometimes I want a quick way to eradicate all the little hairs on my face without all the ceremonious procedures of a regular shaving.

Step 1: Materials

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The great thing about fire shaving is that it only really requires one piece of equipment - a lighter.

A butane lighter is highly recommended. It is a much cleaner burn than a wick (zippo) lighter, and the size of the flame is easier to control (make sure the lighter has a flame size adjust).

If you want to be sure that you do not burn any unintended hair, then I also suggest something like painters tape or a baseball hat to block off the extra hair.
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Edbed3 months ago


snub1607 months ago

Classic dude, you're a hoot!

igotbored9 months ago
why lighter flued??
WilliamW510 months ago

I do this only for the hairs around my adam's apple. I have a few hairs that reach a couple centimeters long that are way too risky to shave (once I sliced a patch of skin the size of a dime off my adam's apple) so I just burn them down with a lighter.

the.rollie4 years ago
this ladies and gentlemen is why drugs are bad... and then lighter fluid "aftershave" really?.... what has the world come too
its called get a rasor. you can even get a 12 pack at a dollar store
Then maybe you should have read what this tutorial is about then instead of being a prick.

awww did poor mr sandy snatch scratch his Justin bieber cd? go tell your mommy

imrobot jrabon3 years ago
you, jrabon, are awesome. Thank you for fighting the trolls.
I think I am going to stick with my straight razor....
Jagenx1 year ago
Gone is the day where comments on an instructable weren't posted by trolls and where attacking a creative individual for building an instructable wasn't tolerated. The odd individual can get very rude at times. Nice instructable my friend! Just today I got a barbers Turkish hot shave and haircut and when they were finishing off the trimmings the lad pulled out a screwdriver, shoved a cotton ball on the end, fired some hairspray at the setup and lit it up. He proceeded to dab without touching my scared looking face, he used it to get the ear hairs and soft hairs the blade didn't get. He was saying it was a common thing to shave like this in turkey without the blade. I asked was it dangerous, he said leaving your house in the morning is dangerous, but you apply common sense to your day....
vanizorc1 year ago
Is it a good idea to try this on pubic hair?
sublore1 year ago
Hilarious comment thread!!! This kid is soooooo goofy
No hard feelings, but that seems dumb and lazy. Next time you "shave" you're face is going to burn with that lighter fluid. Just saying.
poofrabbit2 years ago
I was very entertained reading your instructable, thanks! I hope you are planning to enter it into the redneck contest, because I think you might do well (this is very original!)  Loved all the facial expressions and keep those eye lashes! :)
nemoskull2 years ago
ooookaaay, this seem pretty stupid. but,
i think its a great idea. i have shaved with electric, safty and straight razors. this i gotta try. think of it: no razor burn! i shave in a hurry, so i usualy end up leaving out the door with blood dripping on to stuff. i just kinda got use to the pain, so it leaves a mess.\
FYI, hair will not burn right away, it usualy kinda 'melts' first, so this is not *quite* as dangerous as it seems.
I had to start using Philips shavers @ age 15 and had to use a hair clipper in cases when the Philips had no batteries I am now some years older and still I will only look at guys doing this as some harlequins practicing a party trick
REAL BEARD LIKE BARBED WIRE!!!!!!!!!!! Man I am in danger loosing this "daring" sort of game! Even before the game starts. Tough guys! They chrome their fighting chains to keep the fight sterile and clean When lost in a forest they use rattlesnakes to tie up their trousers!!
mwicksey3 years ago
although i forgot to mention. the butane as after shave is a little bit immature, id go with aloe or something to sooth the skin if its left with a burning feeling. and when i do try this ill go with 2 burns then ill use my razor.
It's not butane as aftershave, how has no one caught this yet? Butane evaporates entirely too quickly, that's lighter fuel commonly used for Zippos.
I dislike that so many people are posting comments about how "this will kill the follicle and cause permanent hair loss" and "can cause infertility if you use it on your coinpurse" and also, somebody made a comment about him being on drugs. In another country (I think in the middle east) this is the way everyone shaves. It is a normal thing to do in some places so dont be rude. Do you even realize how strange some american customes are?
mwicksey3 years ago
Now thats what i call thinking outside the box :) i just thought of the same thing i may try it later on. People may say we are out of our minds or crazy but i personally think it is a creative alternative approach to shaving. so all of you who think its dumb it isnt its actually very smart as long as you are careful :)
electrosam4 years ago
Are you insane ?
I shall gift you a shaving kit but please stop this insanity.
It's actually not insanity. In some places around the world, you can actually go to a barber shop and get this done professionally. Seen it on Ripley's Believe It Or Not I believe.
cotton7 years ago
lol why put gas on your face
Tetranitrate (author)  cotton7 years ago
Because I live in the good ol' US of A, where we like to flaunt our unnecessary fuel consumption.
*dies laughing* That is the absolute best response you could have given. Bravo. XD Meanwhile, I'm all for quicker ways to get rid of unwanted hair, but I'm not sure I have the nerve to try this on my legs.
what about your man-scape?
been there, rocked that. YEAHH FTW
haha, you've just made my day x)
*snicker snicker* you missed a spot...I'll get it (take lighter, ignite lighter fluid, run away)
high speed shaving
bustedit7 years ago
If the object was to save time, I think it was defeated by suggesting a shower afterward. Splash some warm water on your face and just run a damn razor over the baby fuzz. ...but yes, original idea.
jrabon bustedit4 years ago
Not only is it FAIRLY original, they also do this in some countries and maybe even some places in America as a "shaving" technique. XD
apples!!!!!4 years ago
*uses lighter fluid as aftershave*
"Oh, I missed a bit on my chin! Better get it so I don't look silly."
ravingking5 years ago
your off your head mate. i recomend gilette mach 3 because its safer and wont smell like  burnt pubes thus meaning theres a greater chance of getting a girl
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You are correct
colorex4 years ago
WOW! You're awesome!
zeldafan4 years ago
Dude are you out of your frekin mind, only im stupid enough to do this

This reminded me of this one time last year at school where one of my friends got cheese stuck in my hair so for some odd reason my first instinct was to try burning it out. I guess I forgot that cheese melts and gets really hot, and is hard to get out, and smells horrible, and makes you a pariah.
Done this, works great. Only problem is that I don't register heat properly on most of my skin. Thankfully, I don't burn easily-molten paracord is a minor annoyance to me and leaves no burns.
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