No Shave November- a phenomenon that sweeps across the nation every year. Yes, it’s that time when guys don’t have to shave for the entire month and girls too, if they choose! But where did this all start and how has it become so popular?
    According to No Shave November’s official website ( , it states “ No Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness… the goal…is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention…”
    How did this start? It was originally a popular fad for college students until a family gave it some meaning. This campaign started in 2009, when a father in Chicago passed away from colon cancer. His sons and daughters wanted to honor him. This organisation is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for cancer and it built off a reality many cancer patients face - the loss of hair from chemotherapy treatment. Those who truly participate in No Shave November donate the money they would usually spend on razors, shaving creams, and salon treatments to the American Cancer Society. Even though you may not spend that much on facial grooming, this was started so the people who can’t give a lot can still give something to the cause.
    As it is so popular there are five basic rules to being your best bearded self:

  1. Don’t over cleanse - try not to use shampoo on it everyday as it can be too harsh on your skin. If you do, follow up with some conditioner or use natural soap so it’s gentler on your skin.
  2. Use oils - as it becomes drier and colder, beard oil becomes a must. Apply it daily after you get out of the shower while your skin is still relaxed from the warm water.
  3. Keep it neat - trim off split ends and keep it tidy. Scissors are the best tool to use to avoid injury and they help you trim more precisely.
  4. Tame your ‘stache - you can use mustache wax to help train your mustache part to the sides. This will help keep your hair out of your mouth and make it easier to eat.
  5. Make it appropriate - if you work somewhere or go to a school with a facial hair code, be sure to make it look professional and keep the neckline and cheeks trimmed. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the hair ends before the your Adam’s apple and your cheek line isn’t above the bottom of your nose.

    In 2009, the Facebook page started with 50 followers who were mainly family and friends. Now, that same page, has over 32,000 followers and has raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year alone, they’ve raised $90,000. Similar organisations such as the moustache-centric Movember also exist but No Shave November is unique as it supports a full beard, not just a moustache.
If you wish to participate in this cause, you can! You don’t have to grow a beard but you can donate to help the cause!