Men, we moustache you a question

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Those big (or small), curly logs were slapped on literally anything and everything back in good old 2012. This was the peak of the moustache craze. 

Yes, this actually happened – believe it or not. 

Were you one of those moustache obsessed folks?

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Ok, now that we have your attention let’s focus on why these wonderful whimsical hairs on the upper lip make for such a bold statement in November months.

Fittingly enough, the month is largely associated with a cause called Movember. This brave and important movement has been absolutely pivotal in starting conversations with men – especially through the lens of a network of like-minded supporters. 

Let’s quickly run you through what the Movember Movement entails. 

In a nutshell, this movement sheds light on the social impact and awareness for men’s health and mental health. It’s an annual fundraising event that is held every November, which involves aggressively growing a moustache for charitable purposes. But don’t feel phased if you can’t grow a mighty one just yet. No pressure. A moustache of any size will do the trick. 

The donations accumulated go towards funding the ongoing support systems and research for men’s: 

So what is the history behind these thick logs of hair on your upper lip?

“Moustaches can be a symbol of assertive masculinity.”

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For men, hair is seen as a masculine armour that protects you from the outside world. So they say. It’s an ego thing really. But why is this the case? What is this special bond that exists between masculinity and hair? Does balding make you a loser or any less of a bloke? No. Which is sad, because a big deterrent to men’s mental health is male pattern baldness. 

But manhood and manliness really shouldn’t be determined by the number of hairs you have on your back.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the effects of male pattern baldness, there’s more on the topic here. Of course, if you’re searching for answers on the condition, we highly recommend that you have a chat to your doctor about it. 

But either way, please leave your bald shaming comments at the door. There’s no place for it here. Let’s open that secret chamber and unlock the conversation now. 

Did you know that increased high stress levels play a huge role in hair loss? Many people are suffering these intangible mental battles, with depression and suicide continuing to grow at an alarming rate. Because of the loss of employment, income, isolation and fear, this has triggered many into feeling helpless and alone. Those who aren’t familiar with this state of mind may have had their first taste since the start of 2020. Not fun.

Unfortunately, the unprecedented loss of hair amongst men can lead to a lack of confidence, low self-esteem, insecurity, anxiety and depression in men. Although not something to be ashamed about, there are much less harsh and more preventative methods to help ease the loss. Natural remedies can help rebuild and regain hair growth and confidence for all. From wanting to grow a burly moustache, to filling that crown – either way, growing your hairs back should be an enjoyable process that is easy and effective, and done solely through the desire to maintain, rather than to direct focus on how you are perceived because of your hair. Because at the end of the day, hair loss is nothing to be ashamed of anymore and in many cases, quite treatable. 

With all this in mind, the support towards the Movember movement will be a rewarding and feel-good charity to donate to this year. Taking into account the pandemic; the ever-growing need for support systems is even more necessary now in normalising mental health and suicide prevention. Everyone is struggling in these uncertain times, why choose to do this alone when you can be a part of a brotherhood of supporters? 

Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t one of those awkward “we need to talk” moments. Just take note of some of the signs and symptoms you should look out for when a friend is in need of a helping hand: 

  • Disassociation
  • Depression (withdrawal, lack of concentration, unable to complete tasks/activities) 
  • Anxiety
  • High stress levels 
  • Excessive substance abuse (smoking, alcohol dependence, and constant drug intake) 
  • Emotional outbursts 
  • Weight or appetite changes 
  • Hair loss 
  • Behavioural changes
  • Oversleeping 

 

These are all very serious effects on the human mentality, there’s no way to sugar-coat this. 

 

So reach out, be there, be vocal and start the conversation.

To take part in this movement, follow these steps to help in making a change this month: 

  1. Register on movember.com 
  2. Set a goal on how much money you want to raise 
  3. Start with a clean shaven face on November 1. Let that lavish bad boy grow!
  4. Make noise – ask friends and families for support 
  5. On December 1: conclude the challenge. Shave or rave on with the MO

 

Do your part this Movember. 

Here we are signing off with a badly drawn moustache on our finger…on the top of our upper lip. 

Hope you can visualise it. 

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding your health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Site.

 

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