NO-SHAVE NOVEMBER: DEMYSTIFIED
Gentlemen, Winter has come! It is that time of the year again when days are getting shorter and beards are getting longer. Come November and a lot of men across the world stop shaving their beards. The phenomenon that we commonly know as the No-Shave November.
What exactly is No-shave November? Why do people follow it? and does it achieve anything at all? are some of the questions that come to mind when people explain to you why they are growing their beards. Whether you’re growing the beard for charitable causes or just to look good and feel better, you should nonetheless be familiar with the ideology behind No-shave November.
No-shave November is a Campaign to grow awareness about Cancer. It aims to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose. The money that you would have otherwise spent on shaving and grooming is donated to charity to educate and create awareness about cancer prevention and aid those who are fighting the battle against cancer.
No-shave November has its roots in another similar campaign called ‘Movember’. Movember is an annual event that involves growing of moustaches in the month of November. It is aimed at creating awareness about men’s health issues particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide. The official website of Movember describes its goal as: ‘to stop men from dying too young’.
The tradition has been there for a long time, but it became more popular after Matthew Hill, a man from Chicago, passed away from colon cancer in November 2007. His children used this cause to create awareness about men’s health and that was how the No-shave November came into existence. The initiative started as a small campaign for their few facebook followers who donated money to the cause. Today, that small initiative has transformed into a worldwide celebration where men from all walks of life willingly embrace their facial hair. According to the official website of the No-shave November, the organisation has raised over 2 million dollars till date since its inception in 2009.
Many of us men think that November is just our excuse to let that beard grow wild on our face. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Not to take away the fun in growing that manly beard but the founders of the event created some rules that men must abide by-
- On 1st of November, you shall click a photograph of your beardless face.
- You will not be shaving for 4 weeks, starting November 1.
- On December 1, you should photograph your beard again and donate your savings on grooming to charity for cancer awareness.
- You can continue growing your mane as long as you wish to or can shave it off starting December.
If you are doing it right, the month of November should look something like this:
November 1, at the stroke of midnight the razors are stowed, The game begins. The entire first week you subdue the desire to shave it off while constantly battling the itch on your face. Bear with it, it will soon be worth it. As you near the end of the second week, Finally the men don’t look ridiculous anymore though boys may look ridiculous still. The third week is when the results start to show and you begin liking the mane on your face, though your mother and grandmother may disagree. You also start liking the attention your beard gets from other ladies (the follicularly challenged will still look ridiculous).
In the last week, take your best hair exhibiting celebration photos. You have truly completed something great.
THE SPIRIT OF NO-SHAVE
Now that you know what No-Shave November is all about, let us all follow it in its spirit as well. Those beards are indeed beautiful and for these beautiful manly gifts let us all donate what we save on shaving and grooming to support what this campaign stands for. Sign up on the website of No-shave November to officially participate or alternatively get a group together and start raising funds to support cancer patients. And most importantly spread the word. Now that you are sporting that mane, be proud to show it off to the world and let them know what it stands for. Let them know what No-shave stands for.