The real purpose of No-Shave November

By Raymond Campbell

Toward the end of November, if you look around campus, it is common to see men with vast amounts of facial hair. They come in many shapes and vary when it comes to thickness and fullness. If one were to ask them why they were doing it, many would answer with, “It’s No-Shave November!”

Even further, if one were to inquire about why people do this, and what the of point of No-Shave November is, I’m willing to bet the most common answer one would hear is “My friends are doing it, or that’s just what everyone else is doing.”

According to, the goal of No-Shave November is to “grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.”

The site also asks people to donate the money they typically spend on shaving and grooming to “educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”

Yes, this phenomenon about not shaving in November is more than just a fad, it’s an opportunity for everybody to spread cancer awareness, and potentially save lives. The best part is it’s not just men who can participate, but women too.

One can participate by growing a beard, mustache, not shaving their legs, and skipping any waxing appointments. The rules of No-Shave November are simple. Just put down your razor for 30 days, and then donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause. There’s also the option to create or join a team. Participating in teams is highly encouraged.

Even if you do not wish to participate in not shaving, you can still support the cause by donating to either your favorite team(s) or participant(s). You are also welcome to simply make a general donation.

Donations would be forwarded to the following charities: American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

On the No-Shave website there are a total of 746 participants so far. There are 285 teams, and altogether participants have raised $30,312. If you wish to participate or support this No-Shave November, you can start by checking out

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