Shave the Date

While Thanksgiving and the start of the holidays generally come to mind in November, this month also signals the arrival of another notable event: mustache season. Dubbed Movember by the Movember Foundation—the global organization that’s changing the face of men’s health—the monthlong initiative encourages men to put away the clippers and grow their mustache to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.

This year, the Movember organization is stepping up its efforts by collaborating with Blind Barber to open Movember & Co., a barbershop dedicated to making a difference for men and their well-being. Situated in Movember’s U.S. headquarters in Culver City, CA, the establishment is open every Friday for haircuts ($40) and shaves ($30) by appointment only.

According to Adam Garone, CEO and co-founder of the Movember Foundation, a barbershop isn’t just a place to get a haircut or shave; it’s the core of communities where men come together to socialize and swap ideas. “This local destination will keep the conversation about men’s health going, not just in November, but throughout the year,” Garone told me. “There’s no better place to connect with guys and have a chat about what’s going on than in the barber chair.”

I’m happy to report that other grooming venues are following suit. For instance, Paul Wilson’s Art + Science Salons in Chicago will feature a number of offerings this month, including free mustache and beard trims, a 15 percent discount on all American Crew products, and a 10 discount on purchases of gift certificates for shaves.

If your salon is doing something special for this great cause, please tell us about it on our Facebook page. I’d love to stay and chat but I really “mus-tache.” ✂ —Brett Vinovich, publisher, [email protected]

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