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TMYK: No Shave November

I don’t know when I first heard about “No Shave November,” but for the past couple years, I always catch someone in my social media feed who’s participating.  After seeing him post a TON of photos of the beard or mustache that he’s grown for the past 30 days – and then shave it all off – I decided it was time to really learn what this challenge was all about.


No Shave November starts in November of every year  by challenging people to stop shaving, and donate the money they would have spent shaving to a cancer charity. It’s typically a pretty manly event, with men growing out their beards or mustaches.* But ladies can do it too – just put down the razor or wax and take the pledge.


Most of the money donated goes towards charities for cancer prevention prevention and research, with a focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and (men’s) mental health. To participate, all you have to do is stop shaving on November 1 and gave some money to your charity of choice. Then come November 30, bust out that razor and shave it all off!


Several groups, social media hashtags, and businesses are a part of No Shave November. Here in Columbus, Buckeye Bearders worked with OSU for a Novembeard Fashion Show to showcase the beards grown while raising awareness about men’s mental health. At the end of the event, the men shaved off their beards to reveal their freshly sheen faces.


Cbus Chic talked to Buckeye Bearders co-founder Doug Parker about No Shave November and asked him what advice he had for guys interested in growing beards this month: “I guess I’d simply say, why not? We know beards aren’t for everyone but why not give it a shot during a time that having a beard can make a pretty positive impact. Who knows.. It may may just grow on ya!” he says.


For more information on No Shave November and Movember, visit and And if participating, feel free to let us know in the comments and on social media (don’t forget to use the hashtags: #NoShaveNovember or #Movember and #LetItGrow).


*The mustache growing challenge is called “Movember,” which is a play on November and the spelling of mustache as moustache.