NEW YORK– It’s the month where 5 o’clock shadows, mustaches and beards take the spotlight.
No Shave November has become a tradition for those raising awareness for cancer research. The month-long charity effort challenges men to hold off on shaving for the entire month.
The campaign, which was launched back in 2009, started out as a Facebook page honoring a Chicago father of eight who passed away from colon cancer.
In a matter of 6 years, it has exploded to a global movement where many document their hairy adventures on social media while others flock to their neighborhood barber shop for a much needed shape up.
“We do shaves for beards, we do shaves on mustaches,” explained barber Steve Aronov to PIX11 News. “You know, we just make them look presentable."
According to Aronov, his barbershop “Bedford Barbers” in Midtown sees an influx of hairy men letting it all grow out this time of year.
The most common mistake they all make he revealed is not much of a shocker.
“A lot of uneven lines – that’s definitely a constant and one side of the face is shorter than the other side.”
“You know a lot of guys are different some of them go with the full beard, and then they’re just the other guys who just do really gnarly mustaches.
The seasoned barber himself has plans to take part in the month-long effort, honoring his grandfather who survived a bout of prostate cancer.
“He’s a lucky one,” he said. “He didn’t deteriorate too fast. He’s 86 so at his age its common but still it is still a good way to create awareness.”
When it comes to taming the facial hair, the most common request is Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark also known as Iron Man’s goatee.
One piece of advice Aronov has for any guy taking the No Shave challenge – see a professional before you start so they could set you up with the blueprint for a masterpiece.