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If you’ve been trying to get your husband to ditch the facial hair, it’s time to give it up, because No-Shave November is here.

No-Shave November is a month-long event where participants, ladies and gents, give up shaving to raise cancer awareness.

No-Shave November began in 2009, starting on Facebook and then joining a partnership with the American Cancer Society in 2013. The goal behind No-Shave November is to use the money you’d typically spend on hair-removal products (because, let’s be real, they’re expensive) and donate it to a variety of cancer awareness and prevention organizations. You can participate by growing a beard or a mustache, letting those legs go natural, or skipping your next waxing appointment. The only rule is this: Put down your razor for 30 days. Grooming and trimming are allowed in case you can’t show up to work with that “fresh-out-the-wild” look. And if you can’t grow facial hair? No worries; supporting someone else who is growing out their ‘stache is appreciated as well. 

This is not to be confused with Movember, an Australian organization founded in 2003, that encourages men to grow out their mustaches to foster a conversation about men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, growing from 30 “Mo Bros” to over five million. Although this is primarily a male-oriented organization, they encourage ladies to support their guys throughout the month and donate as well. 

Regardless of which organization you choose, your participation helps contribute to the millions of dollars already raised for cancer awareness.

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