November is the perfect time of year. The leaves start changing colors, families rejoice and celebrate the holidays but more importantly, things start to get really, really hair. “Why?” you ask. Well, because it’s No Shave November! It’s the one month a year that you are highly encouraged to ditch the razor and grow out those luscious locks on your face, chest, armpits, and wherever else your heart desires. Although many people think that No Shave November is solely a cultural event to embrace facial hair, there’s actually a much deeper meaning to it.
No Shave November is similar to “Movember”, which started in Australia in 2003. “Movember” is the conjoining of “mustache” and “November”, and was set in place by 30 men who sought to change the face of men’s health. Their mission was to forego shaving and grow out a mustache for the whole month in an effort to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Because of Movember and its success, other official no-shave campaigns began to roll out across the country.
In 2009, No Shave November became a non-profit web-based organization started by the Hill Family in Chicago. The Hill children lost their father to colon cancer in November 2007. As a way to pay homage to their father, No Shave November was made as a way to raise money for charity and awareness for men’s health. According to the site, the goal of the cause is to “grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose.” The idea of it is to give up grooming and donate the money you’d normally spend on shaving to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.
Today, No Shave November is celebrated across the nation and participants have raised over $2 million dollars for cancer research! So, as you are growing out your hair for No Shave November, keep in mind that you are doing much more than showing off that fancy beard. You’re raising awareness and contributing to a great cause!
The rules are pretty simple: don’t shave. Put down the hair killing weapon for 30 days straight and donate your monthly hair maintenance expenses to the cause. If you are working in a job that requires tidy facial hair then you may groom and trim as needed.
Also, if the women in your life want to participate, LET THEM! Tuck all the “No D December” rebuttals into your back pocket and be appreciative that they are trying to shed light on men’s health. Besides, they’ll probably promote it more on social media than you will which will help raise awareness.
Well, the obvious way to get involved is to tell your razor to take a seat and embrace your natural hair growth. Grow out that handlebar mustache that you’ve always wanted, let your chest hair go wild and give those sideburns the free rein to grow in any direction they choose.
To take your participation a step further, you can sign up on no-shave.org to encourage donations and start raising funds. You can set up a personal fundraising page to be shared. Those who simply cannot grow a beard or don’t want to can still show support by donating to your page.
Of course, it’s encouraged to take all the money that would normally be spent on shaving products such as razors and shaving cream and donate it to help support. But, if you’re looking to support without growing the hair, you can purchase items from the shop page to show support.
If money is tight, then take a picture of your beard or snag a pic from no-shave.org of their poster and share it on social media. Any form of awareness is considered participation!
Now that you know the full details on No Shave November, join us as we grow our whiskers for charity! Share your beards and ‘staches with us by hashtagging #ritualbeardco.