November is upon us; a time of reflection and being grateful as we get ready to officially usher in the holiday season. Besides Thanksgiving Day, it’s also no-shave November or Movember (a word blend of moustache and November). To shave or not to shave? – is the question. No-shave November is a month-long journey during which the gents abandon their razors. While some view it as a competition to see who grows the best beard, which is not the reason behind it. The real no-shave November meaning and significance often gets lost among the jokes, and hype created around this movement.
It is supposed to be a period to raise awareness and evoke conversations around Men’s health issues and different kinds of cancer including prostate cancer. The goal is to donate the money that one would normally use to get a haircut or to groom facial hair to cancer research facilities.
The History of Movember/No-Shave November
Movember began as a global charity in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. The charity aspired to have an impact on men’s health and create public awareness regarding prostate cancer. The charity was kickstarted by a fundraiser in which men would donate $10 to grow a moustache for 30 days.
In the US, No-Shave November came about in 2009 when a man from Chicago passed away from colon cancer. His sons and daughters decided to start this campaign in honor of their father. Since then, it has become a popular thing not only in these two countries but across the globe as well.
Let’s face it, not everyone can pull it off. Also according to beardoholic, a beard on average only grows half an inch a month. Therefore, don’t expect to have a full grown, luscious beard by the end of the campaign. The rules are simple, to participate, you are expected to start off with a clean well-shaved face. You can then choose to grow a beard or cultivate a moustache. The MOST IMPORTANT PART is to ensure that you donate to any cancer research facility of your choice. Don’t just do it to grow an awesome beard, make it worthwhile by donating.
No one likes beards and moustaches that look unkempt. In fact, women appreciate a well-groomed beard. Movember/No-Shave November should not be an excuse to look scruffy. According to No-shave.org, minimal grooming and trimming is acceptable.
Here are some essential beard grooming tips.
- Clean your beard– Don’t ignore proper beard care while proceeding with your shower routine. Do not use regular shampoo on your beard; try a beard shampoo that will sooth your skin as it cleanses the beard. Keep your beard neat by combing or brushing it to remove tangles.
- Invest in beard oil– Nothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil. A good beard oil should be able to condition the hairs making them softer and shinier. There are many varieties to choose from in an attractive range of manly scents.
- Trim your beard– Pruning is essential to a well-groomed beard even when growing it out. Trimming helps to cut off dead ends, and to get rid of straggling hairs. A regular trim will maintain your chosen beard shape. The last thing you want is an irregular shave ruining your otherwise perfect beard.
- Get your vitamins– This is perhaps the best tip but it’s not typical of a grooming tip. What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on your body. Facial hair is made from a protein called keratin. It is also heavily reliant on fats and vitamins. The trick to growing a full, healthy beard may very well be in your diet. A diet high in fats and protein is ideal. If you’re seriously committed, you can also round out your diet with a beard growth supplement. Keep in mind though beard growth is also determined by a combination of a genetics and lifestyle.
Check out Mandevu for all your beard care needs.
Find out what your beard says about your personality here
Featured Image Courtesy of PicsLook