Three days ago I overheard a conversation between two guys, excerpt of which goes like this:
Guy1: Aur bhai kaisa hai? Baba Ramdev bana phir raha hai? (How are you, bro? You look like Baba Ramdev.)
Guy2: Haan yaar kyuki abhi November chal raha hai. (Yes bro, because it’s November.)
Guy1: to? (so?)
Guy2: Bro, it’s No-Shave November.
Guy1: Vo kya hai? (What’s that?)
Exactly at that point, I made up my mind to write about No Shave November. Little out of context, but everyone should know the importance of No-Shave November. The above excerpt has a fun part that I’ll reveal in the end.
No-Shave November is a month-long journey created to raise awareness about Cancer with the idea to fully embrace your hair, which so many cancer patients lose during treatment, and not shaving for the entire month. The non-profit idea behind No-Shave for an entire month is also committed to raise funds that support cancer prevention, research and education. Donate the money you usually spend to groom or shave for Cancer education, prevention and to save lives of persons who are battling cancer.
No-Shave November has been 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 project that held special meaning to the eight Hill children after their father, Matthew Hill, passed away from colon cancer in November 2007. [Source: https://no-shave.org/]
Rules of No-Shave November:
Though 24 days have passed in the month of November, you can still be a participant of this Cancer awareness program. Just ditch the razor and don’t visit any saloon for the rest of the days.
Rule # 1: No Shaving Until the 1st of December
Just let the beard or hair grow free and wild. Don’t think of visiting the saloon or getting yourself groomed until the 1st of December. You can, of course, extend this time if you’re beginning to be in love with your wild look.
Rule # 2: Trim only if you really need to
If you work in a strict corporate, you may not be able to show up to the office looking totally untidy, but that doesn’t mean you need to shave. Instead, you can keep your hair or beard neatly trimmed.
Rule # 3: Donate the cause
Make a donation to show your support for cancer education, prevention, and research. You can donate here.
With long hairs and untidy beard, comes the responsibility to take care of it.
Tip #1: Cleanse twice a day and also post-working out
When you don’t cleanse often, dirt, sweat, and even bacteria can accumulate on your face. Pick a cleanser formulated specifically for men, like Man Arden Beard and Face Wash which is available on Amazon.
Tip #2: Use a beard moisturizer too
This step is often overlooked, but it’s super important. A beard moisturizer will not only help keep the skin underneath your facial hair smooth and hydrated, but it can also help soften and condition your facial hair. Pick Man Arden Beard Softener from Amazon. Simply apply to your cleansed skin and beard in the morning or evening, as needed.
TIP #3: Don’t scratch, itch or touch your facial hair too much
Touching your beard or mustache too much can irritate your skin and trap dirt and debris from your hands, which can result in blemishes. Besides, if your facial hair is feeling itchy, that’s a sign that you need to moisturize.
I’ve been a participant of No-Shave November for past 5 years this year included and I’ve donated my part. If you all think it’s really worth donating, do donate. Let’s join for a good cause. And remember donation is never about the money, it’s about how much you care for a cause. Your single penny could save the lives of many.
Do comment below if you’re a participant of No-Shave November and how man years have you been a part of it? Also, let me know if this article was helpful.
And now the fun part: The Guy2 was Me.