A Beginner’s Guide To Growing A Beard: Week Four

—Urban Beardsman

Beardsmen both near and far, congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of Growvember. For some of you, this might’ve been just be like any other month, simply continuing on as you always do. However, for others the past four weeks have been a test of your willpower and self-discipline, both of which have led to you discovering new aspects of yourselves. For that, make sure to give one your fellow Growvember participants a pat on the back.

As we near the end of the month, you’ve undoubtedly experienced a new slew of benchmarks and milestones in recent days that most beardsmen are all too familiar with. You’ve also probably started paying attention to aspects of yourself that might’ve never resonated before. Each of these instances gives us the opportunity to grow and hopefully the past month has been a great experience for you as a whole. Although parting is such sweet sorrow, let’s take a look at a few of them one more time.

The Finish Line Has Arrived

Through the itching, awkwardness, and patchiness, you powered through. Through the questions, constant explanations, and asking for charity from friends and family alike, you continued on. You might’ve been tempted to shave, but you resisted and now, four weeks later, you’ve made it to the promise land. Take a look in the mirror and tell us what you see. A changed fella? Your true self? Personally, we see a seasoned beardsman, ready to take on whatever lies ahead.

Welcome To The Brotherhood

Four weeks after beginning your bearded journey, you’ve without a doubt met an endless number of gents who are also participating in Growvember’s various causes. They could be friends, family members, coworkers, or complete strangers, but regardless of who they are, they’ve officially become your bearded (or mustachioed) brethren. Just because the month is over though doesn’t mean you should stop spending time with these guys that you’ve forged a bond with through beards and ‘staches alike. Make time for each other and keep the spirit of Growvember alive. The month might be over, but the cause never is.

Keep Growing

Of course, at the end of Growvember every man has a choice: shave off the beard and return to the completely shaven life or continue on, embracing the beardsman within. We full heartedly suggest the latter and encourage you to turn your December into Beardcember (trademark pending). However, as ol’ Olmec would say, the choice is yours and yours alone. You’ve already made it through the toughest phase of the beard growing process. Why not see where the bearded journey leads you? If you’ve enjoyed the ride so far, saddle up and beard on.

You Know If You’re A Beardsman or Not

Most guys who live a completely shaved existence for the majority of the time have wondered, “what would it be like to have a beard?” If you pledged allegiance to Growvember this year, you now know the answer, and with that you now know if it’s for you or not moving forward. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far and the experience of being part of the bearded brethren, but the choice to further that connection or not is solely yours to make. Luckily, even if you decide to shave come December 1st, know that the door is always open to rejoin the crew. It’s as simple as just letting nature do its thing.

You’ve Helped With a Great Cause

In the end, No Shave November and Movember are about more than brotherhood, camaraderie, and having fun. Growvember is really about raising funds and awareness for and to better the understanding of men’s health. We hope that by participating in Growvember that you’ll continue to support these charities and their research efforts because even though the month is over, the goal of improving the health of men everywhere never is. Focusing on men’s health education and awareness during the month of November is an awesome start, but it’s important to keep it in mind the rest of the time too. Even if you’re a young, healthy guy, you undoubtedly have friends or family members who are at the target age for prostate or testicular cancer, we all do. Keep them in mind as you keep striving to support the great causes that Movember and No Shave November spotlight. As always, beard on.

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