To Shave Or Not To Shave
by Saleam Singleton
A year ago
We’ve just ended No Shave November - a challenge that many men practice yearly. It started to spread as the associated hashtag grew in popularity in recent years. It's a form of liberation from the act of shaving. Men are allowed to let their facial hair grow wild. During the perfect time of year, in my opinion. The fall. This is a time of embracing what comes naturally. If only for one month. I’m on camera a lot, regularly creating content. It’s always good to have a clean appearance. I can’t let myself look like a wolf, as my grandma used to say. I think that’s the purpose of No Shave November. We get to escape the expectations of others. Expectations of a man who shaves all the time and never goes scruffy. A perpetually groomed gentleman. But that isn’t realistic, is it?
I love letting my facial hair grow out for as long as I can. I know that eventually, I’ll have to go back to my clean look. I do enjoy using my clippers and the entire grooming process. Taking a break makes me feel more natural, even more mature. No Shave November lets men build a relationship with their beards and mustaches. Those of all shapes, sizes, and appearances. This year, I appreciated the challenge a little more. Being at home made it easier to embrace my facial hair and let it do its thing. It may have helped that I took a break from appearing on camera for most of the month. As December approaches, I feel tempted to keep the rough, scruffy look.
Are men pressured by society to shave, never to grow to their full potential? I don't think so. However, it's great to have a time where men are encouraged to appreciate their beards. Not every man can grow one. November is a time to let it be. Our beards and mustaches are precious to us. This year we saw a pause in barber and grooming services. These are things that we previously took for granted. Some men had no choice but to grow wild and free. Now we know how valuable those services truly are. This year No Shave November may teach us more than we expected. Let’s make this an official tradition.