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What’s the difference between Movember, No-Shave November?

Let it grow! November is a popular time for men to sport facial hair as part of No-Shave November or Movember.

The beards are starting to appear.No-Shave November and Movember are underway and, while both are monthlong campaigns that involve growing out your facial hair to raise awareness for men’s health issues, they are not one in the same.Here is what you should know about the two mustache-related movements.

No-Shave November

The official No-Shave November movement encourages men (and women) to donate the money they would have otherwise spent on shaving-related products and services to the American Cancer Society.

National Beard and Moustache Championships

“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 website says.

The guidelines for No-Shave November are not cut and dried

“We understand people have different circumstances, such as a dress codes at work, that require you to remain well groomed, therefore we do not impose any rules,” the site says.

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On the other hand, Movember is championed by the Movember Foundation, which was started in Australia in 2003.

The organization donates the money it raises to projects and programs related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health issues.

Mo Bros, as participants are called, agree to grow and groom a Ron Swanson-worthy ‘stache and “use the power of the moustache to create conversations about men’s health and to raise funds” for the causes the organization supports.


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