What is "Movember" or "No Shave November"? Can any men or women participate? Why 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 kiss their razors goodbye, proudly donning hairy chins, lips, legs, underarms, and, uhm, whatever else may grow hair anywhere.

No Shave November has been around for over 10 years, starting in 2003. At the time it wasn’t attached to men's health, it was just a bit of fun with the mates, but now it has become one of the biggest yearly campaigns for awarenss about men’s health issues.

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Movember or No Shave November got its start one evening when a couple of Australiain mates named Travis Garone and Luke Slattery observed that it seemed the mustache or "mo" had gone out of style and just wasn’t getting the respect it once had. Wondering where the "mo" had gone, the fellows decided to hold a fun November event called Movember in which guys would allow their upper lip facial hair. No shaving the Mo was the only rule.

The first year Movember started, it had 30 male participants. However, the fun of freeing oneself from 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 that often go unaddressed by our strong silent types.

The No Shave November cause has been ranked in the top 100 best NGOs charities in the world by the Global Journal. The event won the award 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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What Are The Rules And How Do I Participate In Movember or No Shave November?

Ok, so Movember and No Shave November actually have different sets of rules for each.

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

  1. Shave clean starting today, November 1st.
  2. For the entire month of November, "Mo Bros" must grow and groom a moustache.
  3. Mustaches must be clearly defined -- can't join with your sideburns
  4. In case it wasn’t clear,  NO Beards!
  5. Joining handlebars to your chin is not allow either (that's a GOTEE!)
  6. Finally, be a gentleman at all times during the Movember month.

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

  1. Grow an entire beard and when the month of November comes to a close you shave it into a unique mustache.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

Check out more info about Movember here or find info on NO Shave November  here.

Good Luck and Happy Movember to you!