What Is 'No Shave November?' Movember Facial Hair Growing Contest Brings Awareness To A Rarely Discussed Topic [VIDEO]

By iDesign Times Reporter November 3, 2013 12:23 AM EDT

What is No Shave November or Movember and why should you participate? Find out about the cause behind the mustache here. (Photo: Movember)
What is No Shave November or Movember and why should you participate? Find out about the cause behind the mustache here. (Photo: Movember)

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What is No Shave November or Movember? Who participates, men or women? Should I stop shaving during November? Is there a cause that it supports?

No Shave November or Movember is the month when Men's health issues are brought into the spotlight as men and women alike throw away the shavers for a month and don hairy chins, lips, legs, underarms, and uhm whatever else may be growing hair.

No Shave November began in 2003 but wasn't yet attached to a men's health cause. It began one night when a couple of fellows from Australia named Travis Garone and Luke Slattery observed that it seemed the mustache or "mo" had gone out of style and was rarely seen these days. Wondering where the "mo" had gone the fellows decided to hold a fund November event called Movember in which guys would allow their facial hair to grow without any shaving. The first year Movember started, it had 30 male participants. However, the fun of going wile and not shaving for the entire month of November seemed to catch on and soon the event found a partner in the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). Fast forward a few more years a mental health issues, including depression, were added to the list of supporting causes. Movember soon became a big hit annually, bringing attention to Men's health issues, which often go unaddressed by our strong silent types, but deserve attention for certain.

The No Shave November cause has been ranked in the top 100 best NGOs (charity) in the world by the Global Journal for its impact, innovation and sustainability

According to the official vision of No Shave November or Movember, the hope is "to have an everlasting impact on men's health."

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So What Are The Rules And How Do I Participate In Movember Or No Shave November?

If you are participating in Movember, the rules are as follows:

 Shave clean starting today, November 1st. Then, for the entire month of November, "Mo Bros" must grow and groom a moustache. Mustaches must be clearly defined. In other words, your mustache can't join with your sideburns - NO Beards ya'll! Also, joining handlebars to your chin is not allow either - that's a GOTEE! Finally, be a gentleman at all times during the Movember month.

If you are participating in No Shave November, here are the rules.

In No Shave November, you grow an entire beard and when the month of November comes to a close you shave it into a unique mustache. No-Shave November has the main goal of raising men's health issues awareness through embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose, so let it grow wild and free! If you get supporters or want to help with a charitable cause then the No Shave November website suggests men and women participating donate money they usually spend on shaving supplies to some kind of cancer related cause.

Here's what folks are saying about No Shave November on Twitter

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