Movember rules, UK charities, styles and moustache ideas and why you should join in on the fun

It’s nearly November – which means it’s almost time to ditch your razor and grow a moustache for men’s health.

Every year, men the world over are urged to sport some upper lip hair to raise awareness for cancer and mental health.

The month-long moustache growing event also raises vital funds for men’s health to “reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%” by 2030.

So if you want to raise money for these extremely worth causes this Movember all you need to do is wear a moustache for the whole month.


What is Movember? 

The Movember Foundation is tackling men’s health on a global scale. Its aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent by 2030. 

First launched in 2003 by a group of around 30 men in Melbourne, Australia, Movember soon spread to other countries and by 2006 was in North America.

It now has nearly five million participants from at least 21 countries annually, and has raised more than £134 million worldwide since its launch with many big names also getting in on the act.

To participate in Movember, men are encouraged to shave their existing beards or moustaches and grow a moustache for the month of November – all while raising funds for men’s health research. 

Which charities does the Movember Foundation support?

The Movember Foundation puts this money towards research into prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention of men.

Men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women and every year 10,000 men die of prostate cancer – that’s one per hour.

 Comic actor Jimmy Edwards having his moustache twirled by musical comedy actress June Whitfield (left) and singer Alma Cogan in the 1950s (Getty Images)

How to get involved in Movember

Once you’ve registered you will have to decide if you want to do the event solo, or with a team.

You can host parties to compare facial growth amongst your friends while there are also events you can take part in – and don’t forget to ask your friends and family to sponsor you.

What are the rules for Movember?

Participants must start with a clean shave on October 31 and provide a “before photo” – and no beards are allowed, meaning you can’t join your ‘tache to your sideburns or chin hair.

You must then grow your lip hair over the next 30 days, with kudos given to unusual moustaches, before taking a photo of it on November 30.

Women can wear false moustaches at parties and fun runs.

Moustache styles and ideas

What sort of moustache should you grow this month? Well, any that take your fancy.

If you want to push the boat out, why not try something like these gentlemen below? 

Will you grow a moustache like these? (Getty)

Or something like these men have grown?

These men have grown a great mo’ (Getty)

Or how about this luscious effort?

This man has grown a particularly resplendent tache (Getty)



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