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It’s that time of year again! No-Shave November is upon us, and that means it’s time to let your facial hair run wild. But why do we do it? Is it just for the sake of being lazy? Or is there more to it than that? Let’s take a closer look at the history, the meaning, and the purpose of No-Shave November.


The History of No-Shave November

No-Shave November first started as a way to raise awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer. The idea was that by foregoing shaving for the month of November, men would be more likely to start conversations about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. This would in turn lead to more men getting screened for prostate cancer and other diseases.

In recent years, the scope of No-Shave November has expanded to include all types of cancer, not just prostate cancer. And while the original intent was to raise awareness, many people now use No-Shave November as a way to raise money for cancer research and treatment.


How To Participate in No-Shave November

If you’re interested in participating in No-Shave November, there are a few things you should know. First and foremost, let your hair grow! Whether you’re growing a mustache, a beard, or just letting your sideburns get a little longer, don’t worry about keeping things neat and tidy. This is the time to let your inner hairy beast out!

While this may have started as a movement focused on male health issues, anyone of any gender can participate. So if you’re a woman who wants to join in, go for it! Embrace the prickly-pear legs and postpone that wax until after Thanksgiving.

If you have the means, consider donating your monthly shaving budget to a worthy cause. You can donate to the official No-Shave November organization, fundraise on Facebook, or give to another reputable NPO of your choosing.

There are still plenty of ways to get involved that don’t require a financial contribution. For example, you can nominate a cancer patient/survivor to receive a free room renewal, courtesy of Paint EZ’s nonprofit Rooms For Hope.

Additionally, use the month of November as an opportunity to start conversations about men’s health issues. Chances are you know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way (1.9 million Americans will be diagnosed this year), so use this as a springboard to talk about it —you may end up saving a life!


Final Thoughts

No-Shave November is a great opportunity to have some fun, grow out your facial or body hair, all while supporting a worthy cause. So whether you’re growing a mustache for the first time or trying to set a new world record for longest beard, make sure you enjoy yourself and also have the benefit of helping others in the process!

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