Beard love is back like never before. And why won’t it be when it’s November, more like the ‘No-Shave-November’ month. For the uninitiated, men grow their beard and embrace their hair this month to donate the money that typically spent on shaving to spread awareness about prostate cancer.
Like always, celebs are endorsing the cause. And city salons and parlours are doing their bit to keep the beard-growing tradition going. They’re extending support by offering men with beard grooming packages. “We want to do our bit to promote No Shave November. A beard can totally transform a guy’s look. We are offering special packages and a 20% discount this month for beard grooming and styling to all men,” says beauty expert Naina Arora.
Beauty expert Kanchan Mehra has the same to offer. “Beard goes really well with the rough and tough gabru image of guys in Delhi. Beard grooming and styling is a big hit this wedding season. We have special offers for bearded men this month,” she says.
“We’re offering 20% on beard grooming and trim to support the cause,” adds Sonali Bhambri, Master Franchisee at Toni&Guy North India.
“We have always been sensitive of and supportive towards spreading as much awareness as we can about cancer. We stand up for every small bit we can do in our endeavour and gesture towards contributing in aiding cancer survivors.
“In an effort to inspire hope for those waging a brave fight against cancer, Blossom Kochhar Earth to Bottle Shop & Spalon at Hauz Khas Village,currently, is offering a flat 30% discount on beard grooming and trimming services to our valued customers for the entire month of November,” says Samantha Kochhar, managing director, Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic.
Even MyGlamm is offering a 25% discount on men’s services for the entire month of November.
As for celebs, here are some giving you beard company. TV host-anchor Rannvijay Singha tweeted a picture and wrote, “Welcome to #noshavenovember.” Delhi-based designers Gautam Gupta and Nikhil Mehra, too, are all for the no-shave look.
“I supported the cause last year and don’t plan to shave this November too,” says Gupta. Supporting him designer Nikhil Mehra says, “I like the rough look the beard gives me and have donned it for quite a while now. Now I plan to grow it longer.”
However, it is not easy to maintain a beard, “It is a little difficult to maintain beard, and you have to use products to keep them well styled and groomed. But supporting the cause I will only shave after November,” adds model Saud Khan.
It’s #noshavenovember in DU, too
The No Shave November bug has bitten Delhi University students too, who stopped shaving a week or two in advance and the professor’s daant hasn’t affected their enthusiasm. “I’ve been following No Shave November for three years. ‘Ye kya ghaas phoos uga ke rakha hai?’ is teachers’ favourite taunt,” says Karan Krishnani, a third year student at Ramjas College.
Aniketh Sircar, a second year student at St Stephen’s says, “I always sport a heavy beard, only trimming it once in a while. So when No Shave November rolls around, it becomes much easier for me than it is for many others.”
With inputs from Nikita Saxena