Brisk weather we are having in the realm, friend. Ha! Yes, you might be asking yourself, what is Balbo doing standing outside his establishment with a big yellow floating question mark over his head. It is a strange occurrence for sure. But I have an explanation. Just let me get my script out of my pocket here. Hold a moment…no that is my list of supplies for the party next week. No…that is a drawing of rabbit who likes to eat the cabbage from my garden. Not sure why lady Melisandre gave me this. Oh, yes, here it is.
Hello, my name is Balbo Garibaldi, and I am your quest giver for an epic new quest line. Prepare yourself adventurer, this quest will take you thirty days to complete. Only the bravest, no—boldest will complete it.
Are you ready for No-Shave November? If so, it begins here and now with a little background on the event and some help from your bearded buddies at Tabletop Beard.
Let us begin.
The Origins of No-Shave November, they may not be what you think.
You may be thinking that this event started 200 or 300 years ago, back when the world was a much different place. In fact, you may be surprised by this, but No-Shave November began not long ago in 2009.
The year of 2009 saw many notable events, Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America, fantasy author Terry Pratchett was knighted by the Queen, Mount Redoubt erupted, and H1N1 was declared a global pandemic (which was not even the first one of the 21st century, that distinction is given to SARS).
When you think back on it, you probably recall friends and family taking part in this fun razor-less journey for years and years. You may have thought it was just something fun to do with your friends. As if one of your buddies looked across the table at the bar one night and said, “Ho there, mate, we should stop shaving for a few weeks…perhaps even a month!” But there is a deeper meaning to this Autumn event.
Back in 2009, No-Shave November was created as a non-profit. It was started to raise cancer and health awareness by members of Matthew Hill’s family after he sadly passed away from colon cancer in 2007. On their website it says they want to “grow awareness.” Their organization has raised a great deal of money, with estimates of over $12 million since it began.
Do you want to participate in this honorable quest officially? You can create an account here: No-Shave November.
The rules are simple!
- First up – Don’t Shave. This can mean not shaving your face or not shaving your legs. In fact, the goal of No-Shave November is to let it all grow.
- Second step – collect the money you would be spending on haircuts, waxing, and styling and donate it to the cause.
Easy, right? Well, not shaving your face will result in a beard growing on your mug, and that means, for some, learning how to properly take care of it. This is where Tabletop Beard can step in to help.
No-Shave for our Bearded friends.
If you already have a beard, you will be growing it longer this month. The longer it gets the more unruly it will become. This may be fine if you are a solo adventurer, but if you are working in a team, there may be rules for how grizzly you can look. If you are worried about what your boss may think, then make sure to stock up on your beard balm. Beard balms help to keep your beard styled and looking nice.
As the rules of No-Shave November state, you will want to try and spend less on maintenance this month while you are not shaving, but you can do some light trimming grooming as needed.
Starting off with a clean-shaven face? We got you too!
If you do not have a beard, this is your opportunity to start growing one and avoid anyone’s questions or judgment at school or in the workplace. If the “powers that be” ask, you just tell them, ole Bablo said to slow your roll, it’s No-Shave November, and that you’re growing your beard for a good cause. Because that’s the truth! Ha!
Beard Growing Tips for Those Not Shaving
Growing a beard does require some consideration and maintenance. Try to remember, your facial hair is a part of you. It requires the same things you do.
- Drink plenty of water. Water is always good for you. Now, you have another reason to drink more of it.
- Do your best to get a good night’s rest. Set aside time to relax. Don’t for get to exercise! It promotes testosterone. Slaying orcs is good exercise if you know where one of their camps is located.
- Eat healthily. Your diet will affect your beard growth. Try a chicken Caesar salad. Cut back on that junk food.
- Start a regiment of good skin care. Your skin is the foundation of your beard.
- Apply premium all-natural beard oils to promote growth. We have what you need here!
Autumn has its own scent too!
Have you seen Tabletop Beard’s new release? It is called Autumn Equinox, and it has a pleasant, spiced autumn coffee scent. Perfect for the season, wouldn’t you say? Now, as you sit by the fire and sip your favorite fall beverage, your beard will smell as tasty as your drink. We call that a win-win in this realm!
So, friends, go wild and grow wild! Grow all your hair. Donate some money. But don’t forget to care for your beard. It loves it when you do.