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November 1, 2007 3:14 PM   Subscribe

Happy Movember everyone! Perhaps you celebrate No-Shave November instead. Either way, put down your razors and get fuzzy with the best! Once you have found your inspiration, pick up some beard care and learn the No-Shave November song. If you don't have what it takes to grow your own, there's always help. You didn't think I'd go through all this without posting a YouTube video right?
posted by idiotfactory (49 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
No-Shave November?

I stop shaving in the month of Manuary.
posted by mullingitover at 3:16 PM on November 1, 2007


I'm glad there's an entire month to devote to my favorite personal hygienic activity: not shaving. I was totally going to trim up my neckline today, but I guess I'll have to wait until Dec. 1 instead.
posted by baphomet at 3:18 PM on November 1, 2007


I can't grow facial hair, so I'm celebrating International Project Management Day instead!
posted by peep at 3:24 PM on November 1, 2007


I love facial hair. It just looks so cool. If only my boyfriend agreed!
posted by schroedinger at 3:24 PM on November 1, 2007


How convenient. I shaved my beard for my Halloween costume. So does trimming violate the rules?
posted by zsazsa at 3:25 PM on November 1, 2007


No-Shave November just seems like an excuse to be lazy, to me. I want to make a statement, not make people think that I'm too slothful to handle an activity that is neither excessively time consuming nor difficult.

Which is why I'm celebrating Neckbeardvember, instead.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 3:25 PM on November 1, 2007


I've been celebrating No-Shave November for at least six months now. I think it's probably well past time for me to celebrate Trimuary.
posted by lekvar at 3:28 PM on November 1, 2007


No-Shave November just seems like an excuse to be lazy, to me.

Speaking as a beard owner of 25 years, it takes as much time and effort to maintain fine-lookin' face fur as it does to shave it. The few times I went for the 'stache or (and this was a huge mistake) was clean-shaven I found it easier- could shave blind in the shower, and no trimming. Shaping a beard is not that easy (assuming you aren't going for the cheeks-to-clavicle wolfman look, which I don/'t do).
posted by ethnomethodologist at 3:31 PM on November 1, 2007


I hope this doesn't catch on with the ladies.
posted by HotPatatta at 3:39 PM on November 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Speaking as a beard owner of 25 years, it takes as much time and effort to maintain fine-lookin' face fur as it does to shave it.

I believe you; I've long admired the amount of precision planning that some of my friends have put into keeping their beards neat and trim. No-Shave November, on the other hand, strikes me as a sort of retrosexual wild-man-of-the-woods beard-growing celebration.

I'd grow a beard if I could, but I can't get the mustache area to connect with the rest of my facial hair, and it just looks weak. A few years ago my roommate and I attempted to initiate Project: Facial Hair, and the sad results of my attempting to create the classic "friendly muttonchops" drained me of any will to attempt growing a beard ever again.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 3:57 PM on November 1, 2007


this post should not pass without mention of the holiday neck beard.
posted by casconed at 4:00 PM on November 1, 2007


Casconed: I don't have permission to access that document. Why not? Was it something I said?
posted by dismas at 4:20 PM on November 1, 2007


Apparently, there is a Muffvember movement also....
posted by liquorice at 4:27 PM on November 1, 2007


I signed up! too bad I had to shave this morning, I had a good head start going. Picture at the end of the month.x
posted by parmanparman at 4:37 PM on November 1, 2007


Speaking as a man 6 weeks behind a deer beard, I'm just going to say that if your facial hair freak flag doesn't support hunting conservation, you're still looking for your cause. Because saving yourself from cancer is pretty self-interested, compared to saving an acre for whitetails.

But on balance, I guess any excuse not to shave is better than none.
posted by paulsc at 4:42 PM on November 1, 2007


Quoth rightly that eminent pogonologist ethnomethodologist:

much time and effort to maintain fine-lookin' face fur

Speaking as a full beard companion animal for the last 30 years or so, I always say, when complimented on the state of trim of the "beaver":

"It's not a beard: it is a face bonsai."
posted by rdone at 4:47 PM on November 1, 2007


I'm still recovering from Bananaramadan.
posted by Reggie Digest at 5:11 PM on November 1, 2007


Ha! I've already celebrated No Shave October in full facial-hairy swing and now I've got the perfect excuse for this month. Thanks!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:17 PM on November 1, 2007


I am one hairy motherfucker.
posted by Divine_Wino at 5:28 PM on November 1, 2007


I for one fall firmly into the camp of:

looks-really-dumb-with-hair-on-face.

I have this... thin excuse for facial hair that looks ok if it's a few days old but never gets much beyond that. I can do the stubble check to shame Boromir, but can't grow a beard to save Frodo.

and I hate my stubble... it itchesses something fierce hobbitses yess it doesssssss.
posted by Sam.Burdick at 5:28 PM on November 1, 2007


beards over babies!
posted by darkripper at 5:41 PM on November 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


A sloppy look.

I've found that any woman worth having can't stand facial hair on men.
posted by wfc123 at 6:23 PM on November 1, 2007


I guess now's not the time to mention how much I love the stubbly/bearded look on men.

You just never gave me a change, wfc123, never gave me a chance....

*slinks away*
posted by liquorice at 6:27 PM on November 1, 2007


I'm still recovering from Bananaramadan.

If you think that's bad, you obviously didn't witness any Bananahammocktoberfest celebrations.
posted by Riki tiki at 6:28 PM on November 1, 2007


Apparently, there is a Muffvember movement also....

I'm a fully paid up member of Diveober.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:45 PM on November 1, 2007


Oddly enough, I didn't shave all October, except for the neck, and woke up last night thinking a bug was crawling up my nose. Alas, 'twas only my moustache.

I trimmed that shiz waaaay down this morning.
posted by Espoo2 at 6:55 PM on November 1, 2007


I've found that any woman worth having can't stand facial hair on men.

You just watch your mouth about Edith Roosevelt, you sonavabitch.
posted by Bookhouse at 7:00 PM on November 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Huh! Last November I decided not to shave until I caught up to my NaNoWriMo word count goal...which basically meant I didn't shave. I had no idea I was actually participating in an entirely different celebration.
posted by jdfalk at 7:01 PM on November 1, 2007


No-Shave November? Fantastic! I shaved my head clean to be Kevin Youkilis for Halloween, and I must say I don't like the heightened sensitivity my dome piece has now, so this is ideal!
posted by rollbiz at 7:14 PM on November 1, 2007


I have never shaven even a single time in my life, and have a full-fledged beard and moustache. I also wear glasses and am fairly wide, and am well on my way to collecting the necessary 17 monitors to qualify as a FGWB (Fat Guy With Beard)...
posted by DataPacRat at 7:32 PM on November 1, 2007


I've found that any woman worth having can't stand facial hair on men.

What an incredibly banal metric. You must fall for really stale women.
posted by baphomet at 8:52 PM on November 1, 2007


Wow, baphomet, way to diss his metric! You totally, like, reversed it!
posted by jacalata at 9:33 PM on November 1, 2007


Oh god yes, I love having a beard. I'm only 18 yet I can grow one on par with a lot of guys ten years older than me. Plus, the curly moustache is what initially attracted my current girlfriend. Facial hair ftw!
posted by p3on at 9:36 PM on November 1, 2007


I've found that any woman worth having can't stand facial hair on men.

You have to stop letting your mom run your life.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:41 PM on November 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


If you are a single male, between the ages of 22 and 29, in the NYC area and are participating in this or have been cultivating fantastic facial hair...well, let me just say we have MefiMail now.
posted by kkokkodalk at 9:48 PM on November 1, 2007


A month is perfect for me as it is less than the 5-6 week period where my facial hair starts getting caught on my clothing, pillow, what-have-you. I'm sure I could have a glorious beard if I could just lapse into a coma at 4 weeks and then wake up 8 weeks later.
posted by Mitheral at 11:14 PM on November 1, 2007



I've found that any woman worth having can't stand facial hair on men.

i have known women while i've had a beard, and known different women while i've been without, and my anecdotal experience is the opposite of this.
posted by radiosig at 11:25 PM on November 1, 2007


No shave? No thanks. It's nearly all (gasp) gray. And that stuff doth wander down the chest, it do. But not much change on top, lucky me. Me, I can't leave the house with more than 2 days growth. A good shave and suddenly I look 15 years younger.

Oh, and get off my lawn, ya hairy freaks!
posted by Goofyy at 2:20 AM on November 2, 2007


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posted by rmmcclay at 2:48 AM on November 2, 2007


I'm going to do a full body shave tonight, just out of spite.
posted by DreamerFi at 3:41 AM on November 2, 2007


I've found that any woman worth having can't stand facial hair on men.

Who wants have a woman? I want a hole one!
posted by srboisvert at 5:00 AM on November 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


casconed, this is the real Holiday NeckBeard link.
posted by scruss at 5:59 AM on November 2, 2007


I've found that any woman worth having can't stand facial hair on men.

This is the perfect excuse for you, then. Luckeee.

I'm only 18 yet I can grow one on par with a lot of guys ten years older than me.

You certainly have me beat. I'm 35 and still can't reconcile the Palestine of my beard with the Isreal of my mustache. Happily, this month allows me to pretend not to care while I grow out my slick, black Mo and pretend to be a Real Man.
posted by Pecinpah at 6:20 AM on November 2, 2007


wfc123's comment on the surface seems trollish beyond belief, taking an wholly unnecessary stab at people with facial hair and their ladies, many of whom prompted their man to give it a shot (guilty). Personally, I look rather Norman-Rockwell-boyish without it, and found that after growing it out many years ago, I was instantly more attractive to a whole lotta people. Yeah, those ladies weren't worthy marryin' women just for likin' a dude with a beard, but on the other hand, they weren't the scum of the Earth for wanting to jump my bones either.

It's such a ridiculous thing to say -- I gotta wonder if he has that wispy stuff that never grows out (nothing wrong with that, but yeah, looks better shaved) or that super-bristly stubble that doesn't resonate well with the ladies (but typically softens up after it grows in).

Facial hair has a long cultural legacy (far more ingrained than the clean-shaven ken-doll look) of making men look like men, at least in groups where such hair grows prominently -- maybe there's a racial / cultural preference underlying your distaste for, uhh, women who dare like facial hair, or maybe you just prefer ladies who have not yet been spoiled by <borat>a real man</borat>.
posted by lordaych at 6:52 AM on November 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


Thanks lordaych, that's exactly what I meant (although in my case the woman who went wild for my beard turned out to be worth marrying :) )

My beard is a point of pride for me. I come from Germanic/Norse stock, cultures where many men never shaved once and let their beards fall as they will. My beard reminds me every day of where I come from.
posted by baphomet at 9:33 AM on November 2, 2007


Wow, baphomet, way to diss his metric! You totally, like, reversed it!

Yeah, I did, you got a problem with that? I'll challenge you to a beard-off any day.
posted by baphomet at 9:34 AM on November 2, 2007


i guess im not impressed, it has been a 'no shave semester' for a half dozen of my friends
posted by sponge at 10:53 AM on November 2, 2007


baphomet writes "I'll challenge you to a beard-off any day."

Um, you win? I'm one of those girls who don't like beards.
posted by jacalata at 8:35 PM on November 2, 2007


Count me in the "don't like facial hair" category. It's actually a strong enough gut-level thing for me to have spent some time figuring it out. Only thing I can come up with, is in my early teens, the guys growing facial hair were the most likely to be gay bashers, and bashed I was, frequently. And that combined with the gay mustache thing in the 80's, when it got to be such a stereotype, any thought of getting over a hangup was cast aside. (and my Belgian partner associates the mustache strongly with stupid cops).

There's only been one guy I've ever known who had a beard I actually liked. He had a serious Green Arrow sort of beard: blond, lining his jaw. Straight as a post, sadly. But a damn good friend.
posted by Goofyy at 6:08 AM on November 4, 2007


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