With half the November gone, men and women across the globe are celebrating their fight against cancer with No Shave November- a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to raise cancer awareness. An initiative which began in 2009 as a project that held special meaning to Chicagoland Hill family children after their father, Matthew Hill, passed away from colon cancer in November 2007 has grown exponentially since then.
The most masculine month of the year is not just about throwing out your razors and ditching salon visits, there are some certain rules to follow. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. By registering on the official site of No Shave November, donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. Even though the “No Shave” has become a fad amongst plethora of people, there are many who are either unaware of its cause or simply letting their hair grow and not knowing about the process of registration and donation.
An engineering student, Rishabh Raj said, “I heard about it in 2014 and have been following the trend ever since. I was aware about the rules and its cause for the cancer patients but I never knew about its registration and donation process, I simply did not shave throughout November.” Ronak Bal, a B.Tech student said, “I started following the No Shave initiative and its rules from my first year of college and even though I don’t donate anything now, I sure would in the coming future when my saving would actually save up to something.”
No shave November is not the only cause dedicated to growing awareness about cancer, the month of November is also known as “Movember” by many. “Movember” started in 2003, in Melbourne, Australia, when a group of friends decided to revive an old fashioned trend - the moustache. Every November, ordinary men take on the task of growing a moustache for charity in a bid to raise awareness about men’s health - prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues such as depression.
People believe that by simply growing a beard they are somehow contributing to the cause, however, there is a huge difference between growing a beard and simply not shaving. Grooming is an important aspect in fostering an executive presence. According to Nirmal Randhawa, make-up artist and owner of Indica Makeover Studio, “Grow your beard according to your face shape like men with square or rectangle shape face should go for French fork as the beard will help their face look longer. Chin curtain style is ideal for men whose facial hair growth is limited to the chin.”
During winters when skin dries off, moisturization is important, Shikhee Aggarwal, Head Training, The Body Shop said, “Don’t leave your beard dry for more than 24 hours. Choose lukewarm water to wash your face. You should clean your beard with beard wash & moisturize it on regular basis to keep your skin healthy.”