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On what days is a haircut or shaving (Kshoura) or a nailcut allowed and on what days is it prohibited?

Are they different between sampradayas?

Are we allowed to cut hair/beard ourselves? Or should only a barber do it (ofcourse a barber needs another barber then)?

I'm asking this from an theoretical standpoint not practically. Even if people claim going to office as an excuse, we can follow the shastras if we want to.

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Shaving/Haircut also called Kshoura Karma is not allowed on all days.

  1. When shaving beard, start from right side. then cut the mustache, armpits and then at last haircut. Then shave whichever hairs are are to be shaven and then cut the nails at the end.

  2. Ekadasi, Chaturdasi, Amavasya, Poornima, Sankranti, Vyatipaata, days of Vrata and sraaddha, Tuesday and Saturday are prohibited for Kshoura Karma.

  3. Kshoura Karma on sunday, saturday, tuesday will decrease the life by 1,7,8 months respectively. Kshoura Karma on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday will increase life by 7,5,10,11 months respectively.

  4. Those Gruhastha who want or have sons are not allowed to do on Monday.

  5. Those who want Vidya and Lakshmi are not allowed on Thursday.

The above points are taken from Nitya Karma Puja Prakash by Gita Press. They cite references from Gruhya Sutras, Taittiriya Brahmanam and Varahi Samhita.

I do not know about Sanyasi Dharmas, so I am not quoting them. But one can refer to Yati Dharma Sangraha of Vishweswara Saraswati (published as 60th book in Anandashram Sanskrit Series marked as ASS_060 ) which describes the Kshoura Vidhi.

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    Shaving on Friday will increase life and Sunday will decrease? Sounds weird. – Hindu Jul 24 '17 at 4:45
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    @Hindu, it sounds weird that you think this is weird. So many scientists are scratching their head as to how to cure diseases, but nobody thinks what causes them. People think shastras are only there to make our lives uncomfortable by prescribing so many tough rules. That is like saying doctors are only there to make our lives uncomfortable by prescribing so many bitter medicines. – ram Aug 24 '17 at 0:18
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    So keep Shaving on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday will make you immortal. Ha ha. I don't think this is directly related to Hinduism. – Santanu Debnath Aug 24 '17 at 15:52
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    @SantanuDebnath, shastras are not that foolish. The life limit is 100 or 120 years (in Kali). Once you reach that limit, additional shaving on those days will not increase you lifespan, maybe it will improve your health. Also, there are many other adharmic papas that will decrease your lifespan, so shastras gives us long rope and many chances to get back some of that cos it knows we will do papas. – ram Aug 25 '17 at 0:54
  • @Student, what about shaving during asoucha period ? – ram Aug 25 '17 at 0:56

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