“Dad, you’re in the ‘Hobo’ stage.” My son is describing my “new look” with three days growth of facial hair. Being of American Indian descent, I’m not a very hairy guy. But I’m determined to grow a beard. Right now, there are several good reasons to let it grow.
With no practical application for growing a beard, we can blend in with our outdoorsmen brethren. They’re preparing for cold days in the tree stand and/or cultivating the natural facial camouflage required in the duck blind. Either way, they have good reason for their wild whiskers. When acquaintances notice our newfound unkemptness, we non-sportsmen can just as easily say, “yup, it’s hunting season.”
Because every generation yearns to be unique, or at least different, from the preceding generation (that is to say, their parents), youth will adopt a style of times past. One can’t help but notice the number of beards in professional sports. Frequent a local coffee shop and you’ll surely witness the modern “hipster” sporting a multi-colored crochet cap and wearing his own “grizzly Adams.” Just the other day in the grocery store, I saw a 20-something sporting a perfectly dapper handlebar mustache that would be the envy of any 1920s strongman.
The best excuse to remain unshaven is No-Shave November.
Years before the Ice Bucket Challenge, a couple of friends were brainstorming ways that anyone — regardless of age, gender or income level — could raise money to fight cancer and have fun doing it. Because nearly everyone spends money on personal grooming — shaving, waxing, trimming or threading — No-Shave November was born. If only for November we would donate to a cancer charity the money otherwise spent on said grooming, we could generate thousands of dollars for cancer patients.
The campaign is so successful, the American Cancer Society recognizes and endorses the No-Shave November effort.
This follicle philanthropy is not exclusive to men. Women now have a legitimate, justifiable and noble reason for their unshaven legs buried under their black yoga pants and knee-high riding boots.
Around the same time No-Shave November began to grow in participation, country music singer Deana Carter made famous the question “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” Now, ladies, you may proudly answer: “No. I did not shave my legs for this.”
Because you’ve read this article thus far, you must find the hair-raising project interesting at minimum. So, I challenge you to join me and take it a step further. All you have to do is nothing. Let your hair grow and donate the money you’re saving from shaving to a great cause. Find more details online at http://www.no-shave.org or #LETITGROW.