It’s that time of year.
No, I’m not referring to the painful television reality show we’re all having to stomach until November 8th; thankfully, that reality show will be cancelled soon.
I’m talking about #noshavenovember. This is a repeat (updated) post, but an important one.
Here I’m going with a ROCKY 4 vibe.
November brings us No Shave November, and before all the wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, or significant others freak out that their male partner will be scruffy and prickly for the month of November, lets discuss the real reason for it.
What is No Shave November?
No-Shave November is a month-long expedition during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to conjure conversation and raise cancer awareness. It’s not just for the dudes’ facial hair though. Ladies can participate, too.
The whole point is to take the money you would have normally spent on haircuts, shaving equipment, etc. and donate that money for cancer awareness. So, ladies, maybe instead of getting your hair done this month, please consider donating it to the cause. Sure, you can quit shaving your legs too if you want! It’s a two-way street, fellas. They may not like the scruff, so let them make a stand, too!
As a man in my 30’s (okay late 30’s), I’m starting to naturally thin and get natural highlights. I call it Clooney Gray. But this pales in comparison to those who are going through cancer treatments. Cancer patients sometimes encounter hair loss, which is why the month of November we embrace the ideal of growing it.
What causes the hair loss for cancer patients? From cancer.org:
“Hair is lost when chemotherapy drugs damage hair follicles, making hair fall out. It can be hard to predict which patients will lose their hair and which ones won’t, even when they take the same drugs. Some drugs can cause hair loss on the scalp and the loss of pubic hair, arm and leg hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Some drugs cause only the loss of head hair. Radiation therapy to the head often causes scalp hair loss. Sometimes, depending on the dose of radiation to the head, the hair does not grow back the same as it was before.
If hair loss is going to happen, it most often starts within 2 weeks of treatment and gets worse 1 to 2 months after starting therapy. Your scalp may feel very sensitive to washing, combing, or brushing. But hair often starts to grow back even before treatment ends.”
How can you help? More than likely you know someone going through this difficult time due to cancer. Call them. Visit them. Hug them.
Check out No Shave.org to Donate for more info or visit one of these funded programs:
St. Jude Children Research Hospital
What kind of beards are there and how can you have more fun with it?
Check out beards.org for style tips, types of beards, success stories and more!
Post your pictures here, on our FB page, tweet me @dereksellskc, or start your own chain.
What are you going for? Here’s a past Ron Burgundy creepy of mine:
This is what a champion looks and feels like: