Movember (or No Shave November) is a movement that originated in 2004 and is all about growing out one’s facial hair to raise awareness. It’s also all about being lazy, growing out your beard and looking good while doing so. Because, why not?
We speak to 30 men—from all walks of life—who have mastered the art of grooming a good mug-rug, and are now ready to spill all the beans. Read on:
Name: Bharat Arora
Profession: Supermodel and Organic Farmer. Host: ‘Band Baja Bride’
It's November—how are you feeling, what are you eating, drinking and listening to?
Feeling breathless, choked and disappointed with the current smog situation in Delhi. Eating all-organic-everything (I've got my own farm) and staying healthy. Listening to whatever-makes-my-behind-move and helps me unwind.
Tell us about your beard timeline. How long have you been growing it? Any special beard stories:
My beard story goes back to many years; like I said I haven't seen myself clean shaven ever (even before it became a "trend"). Everyday makes for an interesting story when fashioning, grooming or simply managing this rug challenges my wits!
Do you use products? If so, what are your favourite beard products?
Not really, sometimes at shoots I’ll use a Mooch/beard wax, but that too sparingly.
How do you maintain your beard? Tell us your daily routine?
I don't indulge in much maintenance; perhaps I'm lucky not to need it. Having said that, regular trimming, washing the rug and combing it is an absolute must to avoid looking like a Neanderthal (laughs)!
Beard do's and don'ts?
Trim it regularly; wash thy face to keep it clean & healthy. Always know what type of beard type suits your face AND temperament (it requires patience that many men may lack).
Fact: Own a beard comb!
Has it changed your sense of style? Do you dress differently when you have a full beard?
It's a part of me; I like to believe that any of my attributes contribute to my carriage of whatever style I'm sporting. A beard definitely adds to one's personality if carried confidently.
Would you recommend grooms to sport a beard on their D-day? If so, how should they wear it?
I sported noticeable stubble on my wedding day. Many grooms these days go for that look so as to appear more masculine and rough around the edges. It needs to be well groomed (trimmed, seemingly nourished), suited to one's face type and complementing of one's personality. There are no rules to growing a beard but certain etiquette does go a ‘long’ way.