The month of November has commenced, beards have started to grow out. No-Shave November and Movember are underway and while both are worthwhile initiatives undertaken to aid men’s health causes all over the world, it would be naïve to assume they are the same.
Here is everything you need to know to understand these facial hair-related movements.
Officially, the No-Shave November movement encourages both men, and women to donate all the proceedings they accumulate by not grooming themselves in the month of November. The prescribed way to contribute to the movement, essentially, is to give away all the money that you would have otherwise spent on shaving or waxing related products or services.
"The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free," their website suggests. Having mentioned that, the rules for No-Shave November are not set in stone. If, and when necessary, you may bend them a bit. A little grooming, or trimming for work is allowed, as long as the principle for doing it in the first place is not lost on you.
"We understand people have different circumstances, such as a dress code at work, that require you to remain well groomed, therefore we do not impose any rules," the site exclaims.
The sole objective of No-Shave November is to cultivate consciousness by making us embrace our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free as a kind of ode to them. Your contribution is successful once you donate the money you usually spend on shaving. This is in order to educate the masses about cancer prevention and to provide aid to those fighting the battle.
Movember, on the other hand, is an ongoing initiative by the Movember Foundation. It was started in 2003 in Australia and has now gone global. The organization, like No-Shave November, donates the proceedings it raises to projects and programs connected to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's mental health issues.
MoBros, as the contributors call themselves, shave off all hair in the beginning of the month of November and agree on growing and grooming a Ranveer Singh worthy ‘stache.
The objective of growing a noteworthy moustache is to use the “noteworthy” part of it to your advantage. Using the power of the moustache to advance conversations about men’s health issues, and to raise funds is one of the most important objectives observed by the organisation.
MoSistas, or the women who wish to participate, are asked to confront the men in their lives about the health issues they may be facing or have already experienced. Another interesting aspect of the Movember Movement is that it encourages participants of both genders to organise and attend Movember events. However, this isn’t mandatory.
In conclusion, these movements may be different from each other, but the objective is still the same - to make people aware of men’s health problems and how to prevent them. This November, we urge you to let your hair grow out, embrace your inner humanitarian and help make the world a better place for the men in your life.