Shaving After The Apocalypse: How To Prepare For Your $900 Shave And Haircut
Survival Prepping for Hard Times
June 26th, 2013
What happens when the apocalypse doesnâ€™t end in fire and brimstone? What if the apocalypse looks more like a hyperinflation scenario where a shave and a haircut costs decidedly more than the proverbial â€śtwo bitsâ€ť? Or maybe â€śyour two silver bitsâ€ť are too valuable to waste on a $500 3-pack of disposable razors.
From wikipedia: In the United States, the bit is equal to 1/8th of a dollar or 12.5 cents. In the U.S., the â€śbitâ€ť as a designation for money dates from the colonial period, when the most common unit of currency used was theÂ Spanish dollar, also known as â€śpiece of eightâ€ť, which was worth 8 Spanish silverÂ reales. One eighth of a dollar or one silver real was one â€śbitâ€ť.
With the adoption of the decimal U.S. currency in 1794, there was no longer a coin worth 1/8 of a dollar but â€śtwo bitsâ€ť remained in the language with the meaning of one quarter dollar, â€śfour bitsâ€ť half dollar, etc. Because there was no one-bit coin, aÂ dimeÂ (10Â Â˘) was sometimes called aÂ short bitÂ and 15Â˘ aÂ longbit.
Imagine this: After years of endless quantitative easing, inflation starts to run away like a horse from a burning barn. The Federal Reserve is unable to get it under control due to a variety of circumstances and now instead of $9 for a haircut at Supercuts the sign outside says $900.
Sure, you might find a barber you can barter for a haircut. But why not get yourself set up now to be more independent and reduce the cost of haircuts and shaves?
Imagine trying to get a Â job that allows you to earn a wage that keeps up with runaway inflation. Now imagine walking in to a job interview looking like Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Unless youâ€™re applying for the position of â€śbass playerâ€ť â€” long hair and an â€śOld Man Winterâ€ť beard simply isnâ€™t going to pass muster for most jobs.
So, whatâ€™s a forward-thinking prepper do to circumvent the inevitable $900 haircut? Here are two options that have worked well for me and my family:
For DIY Haircuts:
The FloBee:Â The Flobee was a staple of the 80â€˛s TV infomercial.Â Hereâ€™s the funny thing you wouldnâ€™t expect about this product: It really works! The Flobee attaches to your vacuum cleaner hose and gentle pulls the hair away from the head and then cuts it at a predetermined length. An attachments allow you to give haircuts from 1/2â€ł to 6â€ł.
I remembered the infomercial for this product but I had no idea that my mother had been using one over the past couple of years. I complimented her on her haircut one day and my father said, â€śDid you know that she cuts her own hair with the Flobee?â€ť I didnâ€™t think they were even selling them anymore! And I was amazed with how good her hair looked and had to get one for myself. Now, Iâ€™ll admit: I havenâ€™t figured out how to give myself a professional looking haircut with it every time. Itâ€™s not that it looks bad, itâ€™s just that Iâ€™m particular about the way my side part and Johnny Carson quiff. So, there is a bit of a learning curve. But it does a good enough job that I can go two-to-three months in-between professional haircuts, whereas I would normally go to the barber once a month. So, itâ€™s definitely a money saver.
You could also useÂ a regular clippersÂ if youâ€™re going for the Herman Cain-look, but personally: I like to leave a little on the top so the Flobee works well for me. And for kids haircuts? The Flobee is the best.
Iâ€™ve always used an electric shaver. Itâ€™s quick, easy and effortless. But the problem with electric shavers is that youâ€™ll need to replace the shaver heads every six months or so, usually to the tune of $35 a pop. And once every couple of years youâ€™ll likely need to replace the entire shaver. A good shaver will cost you at least $90 in todayâ€™s dollars. Once inflation takes hold? Who knows how much a shaver will cost, especially after Chinese imports are no longer the low-priced bargain they are now.
Sure, you could start shaving with a straight razor like your grandfather did. But who wants to risk cutting their own gullet? [For the record: My grandfather actually used a safety razor and so do I, now.] Hereâ€™s the big benefit to using a safety razor: Youâ€™ll never have to spend money on disposable razors or electric shaversâ€¦ again!
The true â€śvalue buyâ€ť in safety razors is theÂ Lord double-edge chrome safety razor. This is the one that I use. The only drawback is that itâ€™s made in the Republic of Jordan, if memory serves. Or Egypt. I canâ€™t remember. The safety razor takes a bit of getting used to: You need to make sure your skin is wet and then go with the grain when possible.
The blades make all the difference: I useÂ Derby double-edge razor blades. From a prepperâ€™s viewpoint, hereâ€™s the really cool thing: A box of 100 blades will cost you less than $10. I use one blade every seven days, so a box of 100 will last almost two years. For $150, you can have enough razor blades to last the rest of your life and a few left over to barter with.
And if the inflation apocalypse never comes? Being independent from the monthly expenses associated with haircuts and the ability to shave for a year on less than $5 means youâ€™ll have more funds free to spend on beans, bullets and bullion.
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