No Shave November – What You Need to Know

No Shave November, also known as Movember, involves growing facial hair to create awareness about the prostate and testicular cancer. The concept behind No Shave November to let the hair grow and donating the money that would have otherwise been used on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention to save lives and help those fighting the disease. The cash goes to the American Cancer Society.

How to Get Involved

You can get involved in No Shave November by growing facial hair the begging of the month and not shaving for 30 consecutive days. According to the No Shave November’s website, everyone spends his or her money on grooming whether it is on waxing, threading or trimming. If the money spent at the salon or the barbers could be channeled to a cancer charity instead friends and families could accumulate significant amounts of money that could help cancer patients and their families, the website states.

Can You Grow a Mustache?

Yes, men are allowed to grow a mustache. Women can participate in participating in No Shave November by encouraging their men to grow beards and getting them to be active as part of Movember’s newly introduced Move initiative.

What You Need to Know Prostate and Testicular Cancer

It is important to mention a few facts about prostate and testicular cancer to make you feel obliged to get involved in No Shave November

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in the United States with National Cancer Institute saying that there have been an estimated 233,000 new cases since 2014. This means that prostate cancer accounts for 14% of all new cancer cases.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), an estimated 29,000 patients will die of prostate cancer this year alone. This number accounts for about 5% of all cancer deaths.

Testicular Cancer

The NIH estimates that nearly 10, 820 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and 510 will succumb to the disease.

What You Need to Know About Cancer in General

There will be an estimated 1,658, 370 new cases of cancer in 2018 according to NIH. An estimated 589,430 patients will die as a result of the disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the second leading of death in the United States from heart disease.

On a Lighter Note – Can you keep your mustache beyond the No Shave November? Yes, and you would make the American Moustache Institute very happy.

Well, What if you Want to Get Rid of the Hair?

If shaving isn’t your thing, or want to try something different, laser hair removal could be an option. Statistics indicate that this is one of the most commonly used cosmetic procedures in the United States. Even then, you need to know a couple of things before deciding if this is the right route for you.

You Can Use it to Shape your Facial Hair

See, removing your beards using laser is super-effective. By extension, this implies that you can use it tame spots you trim regularly. Be sure to clean your neck (an area notorious for ingrown hairs), the top part of your cheeks and the strands around your mustache or beard.

Think in the Lines of Reduction, not Removal

There’s one thing that you need to know about using laser for hair removal – in most cases, it will get rid of your strands completely. In other words, it will thin your hair by 70 to 85%. So, you should keep that in mind before you head to your barber shop for the procedure. Of course, the general assumption is that you will need to grow hair next November!

Other Men do it

One of the biggest misconceptions about removing hair with a laser machine is that most men don’t consider it. Well, as surprising as it sounds, men who’re tired of dealing with ingrown hairs and razor burn have no problem using the procedure to get rid of whiskers. The available data shows that in New York City alone, for instance, one in every five men think that laser is an excellent procedure to get rid of unwanted hair.