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November: The Month of Hairiness

December 3, 2017

It’s November again, and that means it’s time for cold, alliteration, and hairy faces. On the first day of this month, millions began participating in No-Shave November by tossing their razors in a drawer and skipping the shaving cream. But how much warmth can a month’s worth of hair really provide in the winter? Probably none. Fortunately, surviving the cold is not the motivation behind this festivity.

According to no-shave.org, No-Shave November drives us to embrace our hair and raise cancer awareness. They also suggest donating the money saved from not buying shaving supplies to cancer research.

At Louisburg High School, about 30% of students participate in this month of awareness. And while some are aware of the intentions of No-Shave November, it seems many do it simply to hop on the bandwagon.

“I do it to follow the trend; everybody else is doing it,” sophomore Spencer Brown said .

Sophomore Carson Houchen is an exception to the fad.

“I am not participating because I don’t have a beard,” he said, his voice tinged with sarcasm.

At LHS, only about 30% of students participate in No-Shave November. It appears that, for some, lacking facial hair is too much of an importance.

For some, on the other hand, the tradition is more localized, stemming from family customs.

“It’s tradition,” junior Grant Schaffer said. “Every November my uncle grows his beard out completely.”

Others take advantage of the acceptance provided by the tradition to experiment with the quantitative limitations of hair growth.

“I’m participating because I just wanna see how long my leg hairs will get,” senior Jacinda Collins said.

Then, of course, there are those who just want a break from the inconvenience forced upon them by post-pubescent hair follicles.

“I’m doing it because I feel like it just is easier than shaving,” senior AJ Rundberg said.

It does not appear, however, that any student is seeking excess hair growth as a form of protection from the harsh winter weather. Whatever the reason, No-Shave November is a great way to spread awareness for cancer and maybe even help support research. Or just a good excuse to not shave for a month.

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