Why You Should Let Your Hair Grow This November

by Jay Kang | Posted on November 3rd, 2023
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November welcomes a unique, hair-raising trend. For many, it’s a month where razors gather dust, and facial or body hair takes center stage. Ever wondered how this global phenomenon, namely No-Shave November and Movember, took root?


The Birth of Movember

In the southern hemisphere’s spring of 2003, two Australian men embarked on a whimsical journey — they wanted to flaunt mustaches. Little did they know, this playful decision would blossom into a global movement. Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, inspired by their new look, recognized a golden opportunity to couple their facial hair with a good cause. By the following year, they managed to channel their efforts into raising $40,851 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia under the banner of the Movember Foundation.

By 2005, their cause had garnered the official endorsement of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. As the leaves turned gold in New York, the Movember wave had reached American shores by 2007. The U.S. Prostate Cancer Foundation soon collaborated with the Movember Foundation to push the movement even further.

Enter: No-Shave November

While Movember was making its mark, it wasn’t alone for long. The No-Shave November nonprofit hopped on the bandwagon to amplify the message on men’s health awareness.

Curious about how to partake? The guidelines couldn’t be simpler: give that razor a break.

While many men opt for the rugged beard look or a classic mustache, women often let their hair grow longer or take a break from shaving their legs and underarms. This insight comes courtesy of Fight Colorectal Cancer, a group dedicated to patient advocacy.

For those feeling philanthropic, both Movember and No-Shave November welcome donations. Movember’s efforts have led to an impressive collection of over $6.8 million, fueling more than 1,250 projects centered around men’s health. On the other hand, No-Shave.org has been successful in amassing over $10 million, which they generously use to support grooming necessities for those in need.

To become part of this heartwarming and hairy tradition, both the Movember and No-Shave November websites provide further insights and ways to get involved.

Last update on 2024-04-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Jay Kang

Just because i'm asian does not mean I don't need shaving. I always wanted to grow a beard when I was young, now I need to shave because hair growth for me is a problem. I'm going through what every man will and has gone through before.

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