Astronaut gets fresh trim from NASA space barber in zero-gravity salon

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If you thought getting a lockdown haircut last year was a pain, count your lucky stars it wasn't in space.

NASA has released footage showing exactly how its astronauts get a fresh trim on the International Space Station.

In a new video, NASA's Raja Chari takes up the role of space barber to give European astronaut Matthias Maurer his first ever orbital trim.

Maurer wrote in a tweet: "Step into the space salon where barber [Raja] is a man of many talents. Because none of us want hair in our eyes, or – even worse – the Space Station systems, our hair clippers come with a vacuum attached. Five stars for this space stylist's service."

Maurer is referring to the dangers associated with getting a haircut in space.

If small particles or hair follicles get into the International Space Station's hardware, it could wreak havoc with everything from the electrics to the life support systems, putting everyone onboard at risk.

This is the same reason that astronauts aren't allowed crisps in space.

As you can imagine, astronauts don't get much flexibility when it comes to their hairstyle, as the entire thing must be done with a pair of electric shears that can safely suck all the hair away from danger.

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That means many astronauts go for a buzzcut, skinhead, or even a mohawk look.

Not all of them do, of course. Astronaut Marsha Ivins was famous for her huge mane of hair that she let flow freely in zero-gravity.

After engineers expressed concern over wild locks, NASA confirmed it makes astronauts with long hair wear bald caps sometimes to keep critical systems safe.

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Haircuts are one of the many ordinary tasks that become immensely complicated in space.

This week, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa returned from the ISS, where he showcased the difficulties of brushing your teeth and going to the toilet in zero gravity.

In 2023, Maezawa will fly eight civilians to the Moon as part of a 'dearMoon' project to get artists to experience space travel. He bought all of the tickets onboard the first SpaceX Starship trip to the Moon for millions of dollars.

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