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Many know that November is the season for voting and feasting. And many also know that men grow their beards long in the month of November. But not everyone knows why they do the latter. The cause for this movement gets sometimes obscured with social media and locker room boasting. It’s not a practice just to garner attention, that’s for sure.

A campaign 10 years strong, No-Shave November originated to raise awareness about cancer; the idea is to take the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming to put it towards awareness and education about cancer. The rules are quite clear – get a clean shave on October 31st, but then don’t shave for a month, and contribute to the cause.

You can make it fun. November then turns into a month-long competition to see how dudes fare in the facial hair growing department. Some grow full-length legit beards, and others grow as much facial hair as you might see on a blossoming adolescent. If you don’t have the right look or are unable to grow a substantial beard, this movement may not be for you.

If you decide that this is a good cause and are able to grow a good beard, take it a step further and contribute to the cause. For more information, visit

And if you’ve got photos of those beards, upload them in the comments section and tell us why it was important for you to do No-Shave November.

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