No Shave November is upon us and is right on cue after Fight Like A Girl Campaign. If you’re new here, we have just completed an amazing blog series dubbed (BTS)Bold type Series. You can catch up on it here.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty details of making the decision to shave or not to shave. Allow me to rant a little; I saw a tweet this week that didn’t seem to float my boat well! I am coming to grips with the truth of non-attachment. The practice of nonattachment could be the greatest way to enjoy every single moment of living. I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comment section.
Back to the subject matter, I have Hondred percent here today to spill all the tea about No Shave November. (Since I moved to Kenya, I am often asked if I am West African, and saying Hondred’s name is probably one way of confirming it. But not 100 percent: pun intended. There’s no typo, it is what it is, peeps.)
1. What is No Shave November all about?
Well, this is the opportune moment for men to win several championship bouts of their beard game. All racers and shaving accessories are discontinued from use until 1st December comes around. (Ps: That’s two days to my birthday). The goal is to save the monies spent on shaving or related accessories to contribute to treatment facilities for the different cancer types that men suffer from, among which prostate cancer is the most prevalent.
Caveat(for some men I know); This isn’t an excuse for your beards to look like a big mess of kaweke strands! (What is the English word for that?) .Many ladies like a man who they can look at without feeling embarrassed and not the opposite. So for all the men, I am being a brother’s keeper by saying disheveled beards will the end of you.
Quick Fun Fact about No Shave November.
Being part of the No Shave November campaign is creating cancer awareness for men. It is a great conversation starter on your dates considering October was breast cancer awareness month. (Read about it here ). If you’re in Kenya, you’ll agree that with all these moody rains, a beard may be the just way to keep your face and neck warm. It can protect you from the scorching UV sun rays but it’s been proven that beards block up to 95% of them! (Tempted to say it like Sean Paul, you’ve got the right temperature to shelter you. Don’t ask from what?)
2. Where did No Shave November originate from?
There are a lot of things that aren’t disclosed to men before they start this campaign and this one is at the top of that list.”No Shave November started after a father in Chicago passed away from colon cancer. His 8 sons and daughters started this campaign in 2009 in honor of their father. “It has become a popular trend across the globe.
3. Who is the man behind the Hondred brand? This love affair with your beard, where does it come from? Will it be part of the No Shave November Campaign?
The man behind Hondred is a Christian, Husband, Father, Poet, Rapper, Creative. (this list is as long as the SGR Standard Gauge Railway). I enjoy being a kid, learning about my becoming journey and the world.(Plus I have listened to his work, I think he is madly talented.)
Is it an affair? Hmmmmmm according to my wife it is lol. You know how you meet this guy or girl and can not explain why your being gravitates towards them? That’s what happened to me. It happened after I got married. I mean I had a beard but not a full beard like I have now. I just saw full beards and just kept starring and saying to myself “Man! That’s gorgeous! I want a beard like THAT!”
(In case you’re wondering what his stance on No Shave November is, it safe to conclude he is affirmative in the action of the entire campaign
3. Give us all the scoop! What are the disadvantages of being part of the beard gang? What is the bad side this No Shave November campaign?
Well in Ghana people think you are a member of Al Qaeda, Boko Haram or Bin Laden’s gang. There is a lot of judging and in a negative sense. People view it as something to do with drugs or something negative. We are in 2018, I just find such ideologies weird.
4. Your beard, is it naturally jet black or you have dyed it to get a certain look?
Naturally Noir Baby! (For the guys that are considering buying the attachable beards, No Shave November campaign is serving you cold stares and begging the question: How can you be a traitor? The entire tribe is judging you.
5. In this No Shave November campaign, Do your peers find you odd or eccentric or like 99 +1,100%?
I think they find me unique. That’s normal with a pinch of weird or odd. I mean this is a Christian that loves rap performs poetry passionately in MC hammer pants and considering moving towards a kilt or skirt and has a beard and does not want to shave it off? You do the math.
6. Are there any bad beard habits you are guilty of? (Some the guys should know before taking part in No Shave November or even after.)
Yup! Trimming and shaping up loose strands in my beard. It kind of makes me look scruffy. Honestly, It’s laziness.
7. What is the secret formula to sustaining the bond between a barber and a man’s beard?
(This is only valid after the No Shave November campaign ends)
The secret is to learn how to groom yourself. Once you start doing your own grooming, you develop this bond and confidence that is just awesome.
8.Lastly, what essential hair advice do you have for those joining the No Shave November campaign/ or wish you would have known as you were starting out?
Yes. Every man is different. Our beards are not the same. Some have fuller beards and some don’t. You have to learn to be comfortable with what you have. In other words keep it One Hondred!
There you have it, guys, after this; we can continue the conversation of No Shave November as it has been proven, tested and tried.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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