Well, Halloween is over, and it's time for one of my favorite "holidays" of the year. Today marks the first day of No Shave November, or Movember as others like to call it. Essentially, as a male (or I guess you could as a female as well...just don't shave your legs) you go the whole month of November without shaving. Where did it start? Who came up with this grand idea? Well, let's take a look!
...Okay, so there is actually no documented date of who first decided to start No Shave November but this article tends to believe it started sometime around 2003. While I mainly do the month long beard growing for fun, many people raise funds for various causes while growing out their beards. All I know is that I started participating in high school and have loved it ever since.
Are there rules to the No Shave November? Well, according to Movember.com, you have to start freshly shaved on the first of November and let your facial hair grow right from the start. The difference with this site is that you only grow a moustache instead of a whole beard. The upside to signing up at the website is you can grow your stache for a great cause. The money you raise goes towards prostate cancer research. Beardvember.com is another site that allows you to grow a full beard and also raise money towards cancer research.
I have to be honest when I say I did not start fresh this year. I have about five days worth of beard already on my face, and got too lazy to shave it off last night. Am I cheating? I don't think so. According to some websites, you're allowed to trim up your beard if you need to. I don't trim ever, so by the time December first hits, I will have a fairly big beard going on. I'll post pictures periodically so you can see my beard growth. I encourage you to post your beard and facial hair pictures to our Facebook page so we can all grow big manly beards together. Your picture just may be featured on a future blog. Now how fun is that?
Are you participating in No Shave November?