No-Shave November seeks to grow awareness — not to mention hair-ness — about cancer. The organizers want people to embrace their hair, which many cancer patients lose, and to let it grow — as the holiday’s originators say — “wild and free.” No-Shave November is a fun and creative way to remind folks that many of our friends and neighbors struggle every day with the disease and with efforts to fight it. Moreover, organizers also encourage participants to donate the money they’d normally spend on hair care to cancer support and educational organizations.
No-Shave November - History
No-Shave November raised millions
The family run, web-based No-Shave November organization has grown exponentially since 2009. In fact, the organization has raised more than $2 million dollars to date.
The Hills adopt No-Shave November for a cause
The Hill family of Chicago decided to use No-Shave November — already a longtime tradition — as a way to raise money for charity.
Matthew Hill passed away
Matthew Hill, the father of the originators of No-Shave November, passed away from colon cancer.
No-Shave November Activities
1. Let your hair grow and flow, obviously
The rules of No-Shave November are easy to remember: Don't shave during the month and, instead, donate your typical monthly hair expenses to the cause.
2. Set up your own fundraiser
Set up a fundraising page for people to donate to the cause as you let your beard, mustache or leg hair grow during No-Shave November.
3. Spread the word far and wide
It's great to live in an interconnected world. That's because you can support, celebrate and endorse No-Shave November on social media. Don't forget the hashtag: #NoShaveNovember
5 Hair-raising Facts About No-Shave November
1. People have been shaving for ages
Before razors, people would remove unwanted hairs using two shells or other sharp tools to pluck the hairs out.
2. Shaving's a "Great" idea
Macedonian king Alexander the Great was a strong proponent of shaving, because he appreciated how tidy it made everybody look.
3. Shave and a haircut — at home?
According to some estimates, barbershops' share of shaving revenue dropped from 50 percent in the late 1800s to about 10 percent by 1939 due to the invention of personal electric and safety razors.
4. Confucius predicted this
Confucians were discouraged from cutting hair, fingernails or beards, since Confucius himself said the body was a gift from our parents.
5. Women haven't always been smooth-shaven
Western women began shaving their legs en masse right around the First World War when dress hemlines became shorter and swimsuits became more revealing.
Why We Love No-Shave November
A. Cancer touches everyone
Most people know someone who is suffering from cancer. Although treatment has improved over the decades, it remains one of the deadliest diseases in the world.
B. Hair is in!
Trends come and go. Then they come back. One trend that came back around (with a vengeance) is facial hair. You can't throw a stick these days without hitting a dude with a bodacious beard or a 1970s-style mustache.
C. It reminds us of things we don't normally think about
The clever idea behind No-Shave November is the idea that cancer patients often lose their hair. No-Shave November brings that into focus while raising money and awareness.