Movember: It's hairy, but it helps men's health
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 05:11:06 GMT —
During the month of November, facial hair has become a symbol of one, hair-driven global movement called "No Shave November" or Movember, "mo" short for mustache.
For the entire month of November, men will grow out their respective beards, mustaches, or beard-mustache combinations - no shaving allowed.
According to some men, they don't have to start off with a freshly-shaven face, men can still grow out already existing beards or mustaches even more.
For the past three years, Tyler Van Moppes, a senior at Coastal Carolina University, has participated in the movement. He stays clean-shaven throughout the year, but lets his facial hair go wild come November.
"I like participating in it, not only because most of my friends always do it, but there are a lot of programs on campus for it, for a good cause," said Van Moppes.
In 2003, the movement started as a way to bring attention to and raise money for men's health-related issues, including prostate and testicular cancer, as well as depression.
In 2012, more than one million dollars was raised.
Aside from the good cause, Van Moppes said he also enjoys the month because he doesn't have to worry about shaving when he wakes up. It lets him be a little more lax with his appearance.
However, some women said they don't enjoy looking at all that hair by the end of the month.
"They look like they've just been cavemen hiding away for a month," said Marina Filo, a freshman at Coastal Carolina University.
Typically, men start growing their hair on November 1, but there is some leniency to those who want to join the party late.
It's not too late to join or raise money for the campaign, to learn more click here.