November is the time of the year where men and women can grow out their hair, particularly facial hair, all throughout the month for fame and glory, and a good cause.
No Shave November, also known as “Movember,” or “Novembeard,” is a month dedicated to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. The word Movember originates from the Australian-English Word for moustache, comprised of “mo”, and “November.” The idea is to donate the money typically spent on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save live, and aid those fighting the battle.
Movember originated when a few young men from Melbourne, Australia, coined the term in 1999. In 2004, they founded the Movember Foundation. It’s a way for men to primarily grow out their moustaches and also other facial hair throughout the month of November. This act is to raise money for men’s health awareness and at the same time enjoy letting their hair grow wild and free.
Some students enjoy letting their facial hair grow. “It’s fun to let it grow then trim it into a goatee or a funny moustache. I’m excited to see everyone’s beards and moustaches after the month ends,” junior John Billingsley said.
Students can participate in Movember by developing a beard, and a moustache, letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment. This 30-day exercise saves money and brings awareness for its cause. Teachers and students in school are participating, “I think not shaving in the month of November shows commitment to something you believe in. It goes toward a good cause that many people look past,” physical education teacher James Long said.
The main goal of Movember is to embrace hair. “During the month, I’ve decided not to cut my hair to spread awareness. I have to shave my legs so it’s just going to be the hair on my head,” junior Carli Mangum said.
Students who have trouble growing a lot of facial hair still like to participate. “I can grow a slow moustache but nothing else. I will still participate as much as I can for its cause even though I can’t grow a full beard,” freshman Brett Strauss said.