What is Movember? How to participate and moustache rules! [Video]

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It’s the start of Movember!

That means millions of men will be growing their facial hair into an array of fantastical designs.

Why a moustache?

The moustache is the homegrown version of wearing a ribbon. It is all for a good cause to raise awareness of men’s health problems including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. It is thought around one man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK, according to the Movember Foundation, with around 42 men diagnosed every year. The November Challenge begins on November 1st all the way through to the last day in November. Those taking part can register on the Movember Foundation website as well as raising as much as they can for charity.

1) You must be clean shaven to start the challenge

On Halloween (or ‘shadoween’) your entire face should be smooth and free from hair. This includes the moustache region, including the entire upper lip and handlebar zones.


2) Select a tash

You can get some inspiration from this Movember style guide.

3) Absolutely no beards

Guys, this isn’t ‘beard-vember’ – it is ‘MO-vember’ so embrace growing a big hairy slug on your top lip. No cheating.

4) Grooming yes, shaving no

You can give your jaw and neck a once over but there is strictly no shaving on the upper lip. Not even when your philtrum gets itchy.

5) You need to have a moustache for the whole of November

You need to maintain and groom a moustache for the whole month. Not just the first few weeks. Nurture that mo bro.

6) The mutton chop rule

No joining your handlebar moustache to your mutton chops. That isn’t a moustache, it is a beard.

7) Mo etiquette

‘Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman,’ the Movember Foundation says.

8) Raise money for charity

The whole point of Movember is raising awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health. There are some who do Movember for a laugh, but never forget the real reason people take part in the month-long hairy spectacle. You can sign up for Movember on the Movember Foundation website here.

How to style a moustache

Dampen your moustache to trim. Wet hair is easier to cut but – be warned – will bounce up as it dries. Use a fine-toothed comb to gently rake the hairs so they run in one direction. With barber scissors, trim stray hairs on the outer edge and bottom line of your moustache. Your comb will come in handy to restrain your Mo while you snip away. Trim conservatively. Run clippers over the body of the Mo for a consistent level of bush and bounce. Foam up, then run a sharp razor along the outer edge. For more outlandish styles, use moustache wax to shape the remaining hair into place.


Rafiuzzaman Sifat

Md. Rafiuzzaman Sifat, a CSE graduate turned into journalist, works at News Hour as a staff reporter. He has many years of experience in featured writing in different Bangladeshi newspapers. He is an active blogger, story writer and social network activist. He published a book named 'Se Amar Gopon' inEkushe boi mela Dhaka 2016. Sifat got a BSc. from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He also works as an Engineer at Bangla Trac Communications Ltd. As an avid traveler and a gourmet food aficionado, he is active in publishing restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.
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