An ode to the mustache


As Movember draws to a close, we have a unique opportunity to discuss and reflect on the role of mustaches in our society; the new wave of facial hair has thrust the topic into our daily conversation. Regardless of one’s personal opinion on what looks good or not, Movember has drawn national attention to many issues of men’s health, and has increased awareness about testicular and prostate cancer (among other things). Movember has also reawakened a spirit that many thought to be lost: nostalgia for the golden age of the ‘stache. That’s right, were talking about the 70’s, when bellbottoms and flowing hair reigned supreme, and the measure of manhood was not based on bench press numbers but on whisker prominence. In the words of Nick Offerman, “A mustache carries with it a little bit of derring-do. You’re the kind of guy who will come barreling up doing a power slide in your pickup truck and then give a girl a wink.”

Before I start waxing nostalgic about Burt Reynolds and Freddy Mercury, I have to confess that my own mustache-growing-ability is subpar, to say the least. I have remained committed to the cause throughout Movember, but I seem only to be able to grow a meager excuse for peach fuzz. No amount of “Just for Men” hair dye has been able to kick start my mustached campaign.

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BlogDH’s Movember contest: Who owns Brown’s best facial hair?


If the pitch black late afternoon and very Providence-y weather yesterday haven’t made it clear, it’s the second half of pumpkin spice season/the early stages of Christmas commercials season/November. That means we’ve come to the 30 days in which it is socially acceptable to not shave any of the hair on your face, regardless of how gross the end result might be–it’s Movember.

Thankfully, a foundation has managed to leverage this tradition into some real charitable good. The Movember Foundation has raised over $500 million to fight prostate cancer and testicular cancer in the United States and around the world.

In honor of Movember, we want to see the best facial hair Brunonia has to offer. Email your submissions to blog(at) anytime between now and December 1st (that way you have time to grow out a masterpiece like the one in the above picture). Before/after photos are highly encouraged. We will announce the winners—across many preposterous categories—during the first week of December. We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!

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