Happy No Shave November fellow beard bros and friends.
By now you’ve heard of and most likely taken part of the hype that is ‘No Shave November’. But the 30-day ritual is so much more than the popularity trend it’s become. This annual event involves the forgo of men’s shaving to raise awareness of something more important: men’s health -- specifically cancer awareness. So we’re taking a closer look at No Shave November and the impact it has on the well-being of our community.
No Shave November became an official non-profit organization in 2009. The concept of the event is to grow awareness by embracing your own hair and letting it grow out for the month of November. And we’re not just talking beard hair -- participants of No Shave November can choose to grow a mustache, let their legs go natural or just GET HAIRY. As a result, the money you’d typically spend on your grooming routine can be donated to educate about cancer awareness, save lives and more.
But the awareness of No Shave November leads us into a much more important topic within our community: getting checked regularly. One of the most important things that men can do for their health is get screened at the right time. Especially since “men are less likely than women to get routine physical exams and screenings,” according to Harvard Medical School. Committing to screening tests at least once a year can help detect diseases before you have symptoms, making them easier to treat.
No Shave November is an excellent way to bring recognition to important men’s health issues. Ready to get involved? Prepare yourself by stocking up on men’s beard care or hair care essentials, and if you haven’t already, schedule yourself for an annual screening test.