The No Shave November movement is almost over. Girlfriends everywhere are letting out a huge sigh of relief. The original background of the movement is sweet: an awareness and acceptance of hair campaign that honors how much hair cancer patients lose while fighting the disease. Although it’s usually for a great effort and cause, ladies everywhere silently (or very loudly) curse the prickly, scratchy facial hair that will sit on their S.O.’s face until December. All girlfriends experience this challenge differently. From feeling indifferent to miserable to loving every minute of it, No Shave November will bring out the worst (or best!) in you and your BF.
For some lucky girlfriends, the beard growing process is cut short simply because we cannot take it anymore. “My first thought when he told me he was doing no shave November was ‘oh god not the neck beard’,” American University sophomore Maddie Dargis said. “He actually grew a decent beard, though. Then he shaved it so he had a soul patch for a 90s themed night we were going to, and while it was great for the theme, I couldn’t bear to look at it one second longer and made him shave it as soon as we got back that night,” Dargis said. Wow! Lucky, lucky, lucky. What’s better than when bae takes your input into account?
For others, their SO’s beard growing process doesn’t even have a chance to start. “Fortunately, he knows I wouldn’t even look at him for a month so he’s not participating in no shave November,” AU senior Meg Cully said. So what’s better? Letting bae experiment with his facial hair and testing his ‘stache game or completely forbidding the process in the first place? Sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially in the beard department.
Many girlfriends hate every moment of it. “My boyfriend is doing no shave November and it’s super patchy and it itches my face and I hate it…. but I guess it’s for a good cause (however I feel like most guys don’t even know that),” AU junior Alaina Gertz said. Honestly, this process isn’t all that great for the guys either. Imagine having to walk around looking patchy and feeling itchy for a whole month! No thank you.
Look on the bright side. For some ladies, No Shave November doesn’t exactly mean a horrible nightmare. Some girlfriends appreciate the looks of a well-grown beard, a Liam or Chris Hemsworth type of deal, yet perhaps not so much the scratchiness. “He looks like a mountain man,” AU senior Margo Fleishman said. “I want him to shave the whole time, I think that even though it looks good, it’s weird to the touch so I like when he gets rid of it,” Fleishman said. Who knows, maybe after the month ends you’ll beg your BF not to shave and ruin that hot lumberjack vibe. Everyone to their own!
Whether it’s for cancer research or simply for shits and giggles (AKA to drive girlfriends everywhere insane), everyone seems to hold a lot of feelings about no shave November. If you really can’t stand your boyfriend’s horrible scruffy face, keep in mind that December lies just a few days away. Until then, try to remember that it’s for a good cause. Or pretend he looks like a hot Bradley Cooper and suck it up.