Most likely, in Novembers past, your social media feed has featured at least one friend attempting to sport new facial hair as part of the "No Shave November" movement.

Maybe you haven't understood it, though. I mean, are they trying to grow out a mustache or beard to look somewhat more "Pilgrim-ish" in honor of Thanksgiving? Or is it an attempt to keep their face warmer as the weather grows cold? What's the point behind it? Well, OCN to the rescue! We've got the deets on what No Shave November is all about. no shave november At its core, No Shave November is all about men's health -- about raising awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation, the only charity actively working to address the biggest men's health issues in the world -- like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. According to the Movember Foundation's website,
Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.
So, since 2003, the organization (which originated in Australia) has been working hard to change those statistics with an ultimate goal of reducing the number of male premature deaths by 25 percent by the year 2030. They do this by helping to support and fund a number of health projects (1,200 to be exact) in 21 countries around the globe. And participants in No Shave November are all a part of that success! [gallery columns="2" ids="4325,4329"] Joining the movement to "have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health" (get it?) is simple:
  • Decide to put down the razor and grow out your facial hair for the month of November. Or as they say, "Gro a Mo; Save a Bro."
  • Publicize your decision and spread awareness by setting up a fundraising goal and page that you can share on your social media sites.
[caption id="attachment_26454" align="aligncenter" width="640"]no shave november Image courtesy of The Movember Foundation[/caption]
And if you want to get involved even further, you can start a team, host an event, get your workplace involved -- the possibilities are endless! Now, if you need some advice for growing your mustache, don't fret -- the Movember Foundation's got you covered! Of course, there are detailed, super-helpful grooming and styling tips available for the mustache novice, but first, you must decide on your mustache design. Check out these great styles: [gallery columns="2" ids="4328,4326"] And here's something to look forward to:
A one-month-old mustache is capable of holding approximately 30ml of liquid or around 10% of a glass of beer before leaking its contents down the face of the owner."
Lovely! Check out more important mustache history and facts here! Need further inspiration? I'll leave you with this video, from the hilarious film "A Million Ways to Die in the West": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk6-0rDdto **Another interesting fact for spelling nerds: While the famous ribbon of facial hair across the upper lip is most commonly spelled "mustache" in American English, other English-speaking countries spell it "moustache," hence the difference between our well-written article and the Australian-born Movember Foundation's online literature. ***Also, the first two letters of "moustache" are the reason behind the word "Movember." You're welcome.
Will you be participating in No Shave November? What men's health cause is most important to you? What's your fave mustache style? Leave a comment below, and let's get the conversation started!
Featured image courtesy of Movember Foundation.

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