No-shave November: All you need to know about the cancer awareness campaign
It is that time of the year that many barbers rue because it is assumed they see a major drop in their earnings, when their clients decide to go bushman.
The social campaign is called No-Shave-November or Movember has quickly gained recognition as a fashion trend where men with long and full beards flaunt their hair all over.
Yes, it does turn into a beard gang vs men who cannot grow even one strand of hair but it is all in good fun.
But do you know what No-Shave-November actually means? Movember is a cancer awareness-raising campaign that ensures that men maintain and adopt their hair to commemorate those that lose theirs to cancer.
According to the Movember official website, Movember is leading worldwide when it comes to men’s health.
“Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.” Movember official website.
For the whole month, men completely stay away from the razor and however long or unkempt the beard may look, it stays that way religiously.
The money that would have been otherwise spent on shaving is contributed and donated towards cancer prevention and awareness.
Bearded men from Kenya and all over the world came together through social media by posting photos and trending the hashtag No-Shave-November up until December 1.
These are some of the reactions for the start of No-Shave-November as shared on Twitter:
“No Shave November Starts: Today is November 1 & many men celebrate this month as No Shave November in order to start conversation and raise cancer awareness. Are you joining this trend?” -@RONBupdates
“The history of No shave November goes back to 2004, where a group of men in Australia raised money for charity by growing their beards and educating the people about colon cancer.” - @SajaiKumar9
“In case you didn't know, #NoShaveNovember is not only a style. It is a concept of raising cancer awareness by growing our hair which many cancer patients lose and donating money (that u spend on shaving in the month) to educate/prevent cancer lives and help those fighting cancer.” - @savvykapoor
“But let's agree no shave November ni ya beard gang ... Sufuria ziende tu vinyozi”- @Contro254
“Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.” - @JANGA_10
“baba riam unashout no shave november na ni pesa ya kinyozi hauna” - @FibiKinyua
“Today is November 1! That means No Shave November has begun. I will show the face every 3 days to see progress. First photo coming on November 4” - @Crow2280