Fashion trends tend to move in cycles, and that extends to facial hair fashions as well. Your dad’s Selleck-esque ‘stache might have been all the rage in the disco days, but today’s look is all about letting go and letting it grow.
Of course, that style isn’t for everyone. But whether you’re a full-on beardo or more into the clean-cut smooth-shaven look, this November, guys, you might want to consider letting it go au naturel.
November is a notable month for facial hair-related causes. Two similar initiatives, No-Shave November and Movember, both encourage men everywhere to grow out their facial hair during the 11th month of the year to support good causes. Movember is broadly focused on a range of men’s health issues (and prefers to encourage mustache growth for the cause), while No-Shave November promotes full-face follicular growth to raise awareness and money for cancer research.
No-Shave November is easy to join. According to the movement’s website:
The rules of No-Shave November are simple: put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause. Strict dress-code at work? Don't worry about it! We encourage participation of any kind; grooming and trimming are perfectly acceptable.
You can support No-Shave November through your own facial hair growth, by donating to an individual participant with more follicular freedom than your office might allow or by making a direct donation to the cause. But no matter which way your whiskers are growing, you can still keep them looking healthy and stylish with relatively little expense and effort, leaving some extra money you should consider donating to the cause.
Let’s take a look at some facial hair styles you might want to adopt for No-Shave November, and what you can do to keep things looking savvy while saving money to donate.
Keeping it smooth?
Boss won’t let you grow it out for No-Shave November? Need to keep yourself tidy for safety or health-related reasons? You can still contribute! But if you’re starting from scratch with your facial hair growth on November 1, there are a few tactics you can learn to encourage healthy growth and a stylish look.
Hair doesn’t always grow at the same rate, and you can encourage healthy follicles with biotin supplements and a higher-protein diet.
Protein is a critical element in the growth of all parts of your body. If you’re already pursuing an active fitness-oriented lifestyle, you may very well be taking in enough protein every day to promote a healthy beard... and muscles, and skin and everything else besides.
Biotin is commonly found in protein-rich foods, particularly beef liver.But if you’d rather not choke down liver for dinner, it’s easy to get your daily dose from a variety of vitamin supplements.
You can get biotin-packed gummy vitamins right here in the hims shop, and many men also choose to pair biotin supplements with other hair treatments to combat male pattern baldness. If you’re trying to grow it out up top as well as under the chin for No-Shave November, our Non-Prescription Hair Loss Kit is a great set to get your mane looking as full as those follicles on your face.
Rough and ready
Stubble is sexy — science says so. A study published in the European Journal of Evolutionary Biology examined the factors influencing how attractive men are to women. Its findings might give you clear direction towards your next facial hair style.
According to the study, there was a significant main effect of facial hair, with heavy stubble being most attractive followed by light stubble, then full beards and clean‐shaven faces being least attractive.
The difference between light and heavy stubble isn’t just a matter of time; it can also be a matter of style. If you don’t do anything to keep your bristles in balance, you can quickly tip over from “movie star on vacation” into “down-on-their-luck strangler” territory.
To maintain your style and keep your face feeling fresh while you grow out your whiskers, consider using a beard oil and moisturizer. Many men neglect basic skin and hair care, only to discover their face has become dry and itchy and their beard hairs unruly and bothersome.
Shaving it off won’t fix the underlying problems, and you may still be left with residual itchiness. So it’s best to adopt healthy facial routines right at the start of your razor-free journey. Our Everyday Moisturizer is great to use after your morning shower, and it’s a great all-around product to protect all the skin on your face (and body).
A beard oil needn’t be applied every day, but you can massage it in it when you’re feeling itchier than usual. As your stubble gets longer and starts looking more classically beard-like, you can also adopt something like a weekly hot oil treatments to further tame and condition your budding beard.
I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay
Full beards have definitely made a comeback in the 21st century, but it’s been a long time coming. We’ve seen minor resurgences of the beard in the last few decades, but it’s safe to say that beards are back in full-swing, and they may be here to stay.
A bushy beard should receive the same care and consideration as the hair on your head, your skin or all the other parts of your body you take care of.
A beard comb should be an essential component of any burly man’s facial hair care routine, as the wiry whiskers on your face tend to grow along more unruly pathways than those on your head. A pair of trimming scissors also comes in handy when you just can’t get certain beard hairs to behave — clip any persistent stragglers to maintain a more even and professional look.
You should also shampoo and condition your beard in the shower every other day to keep it soft and strong. Avoid products with harsh chemicals like sulfates that can strip away your body’s natural oils. If you’re already trying to avoid hair loss up top, you can make your shampoo and conditioner products do double duty on your beard, as well.
Natural ingredients like the saw palmetto in our shampoo can contribute to the appearance of a thicker, bushier, healthier beard. Don’t neglect the moisturizer as your beard grows out, either. It may take a bit more finesse to get it worked into your skin, but you’ll feel better all day if you continue to refresh and protect your face.
Remember: you can keep your skin and hair healthy no matter what facial hair style you choose to sport, and a bit of preparation will put you in a great position to contribute for No-Shave November.