At some point in the last decade you’ve likely heard of No Shave November, the month-long movement when many men across the country let their beards grow wild and free. But the purpose of going au naturel at the end of the year wasn’t originally a beard growing contest. The act of not shaving for 30 days was meant to raise awareness for different kinds of cancers, including prostate cancer and the overall well-being of men’s health.
No Shave November is a meaningful tradition but its true purpose and significance is often lost among hashtags and media hype. According to no-shave.org, the movement was a tradition for many years, but it wasn’t until the fall of 2009 that members of the Chicagoland Hill family decided to use it as a means to raise money for charity. It was a special project to the eight Hill children after their father, Matthew Hill, passed away from colon cancer in November 2007.
What started as a simple way for a few followers on Facebook to donate their hard-earned money has turned into a nationwide celebration. With a purpose so close to their hearts, the Hill family (and many others) believe that with awareness and proper care, we can get closer to eradicating cancer one whisker at a time.
The rules of No Shave November are simple: put down your razor for a month and donate your hair-maintenance expenses to causes that educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those in fighting the battle. Overall, the goal is to spread awareness by embracing your hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow.
Looking to get involved? It’s never too late to start, and you don’t have to be capable of growing facial hair to make a difference. Of course, you can participate by growing a beard or mustache, but you can also let your legs go natural or hold off on that waxing appointment.
If you have a strict dress-code at work, have no fear! Participation of any kind is encouraged, so grooming and trimming are completely acceptable.
So, toss that razor aside and start getting hairy! If you’re not ready to go all out, support someone who is.
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