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A Hairy Issue: Beards Through History

There is a reason you may be seeing more beards these days on TV or the street. It has nothing to do with a resurgence of Victorian aesthetics, a mass outbreak of folliculitis or the conquest of the U.S. by hipsters.

The embrace of cheek-fuzz is actually part of a world-wide hair-a-thon to raise money for cancer charities. No-Shave November and its Australian-born cousin, Movember, are annual events that invite participants to forswear their razors for a month. The point, as the No-Shave November website puts it, is "to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free."

Those of us who associate beards with Santa Claus…

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 A Hairy Issue: Beards Through History

There is a reason you may be seeing more beards these days on TV or the street. It has nothing to do with a resurgence of Victorian aesthetics, a mass outbreak of folliculitis or the conquest of the U.S. by hipsters.

Angel Hair Foundation

Our goal is to give the gift of feeling ordinary back to families in crisis. For weeks and months, children struggle to hold onto who they were before their cancer or medical condition. Even on good days, a glance of their reflection reminds them: things are different. So, when a child cautiously picks up the mirror and sees her Angel Hair System for the first time, she doesn’t see just a hairpiece.

Children With Hair Loss

Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for ALL CHILDREN who have medically-related hair loss. It is our mission to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.


As an official global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men's faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

No-Shave November

No-Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness. What better way to grow awareness than with some hair? Show your support and give back.

The Trichological Society

Its membership includes many of the world's most respected academics in the fields of orthodox hair-science. Hair products (shampoos or vitamin supplements) have not been shown to noticeably change this rate. The speed of hair growth varies based upon genetics, gender, age, hormones. It may be reduced by nutrient deficiency (i.e., anorexia, anemia, zinc deficiency) and hormonal fluctuations (i.e., menopause, polycystic ovaries, thyroid disease).

Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids is a cooperative effort among Certified Cosmetic Therapists throughout North America who share a common goal. "Children shouldn't have to worry about how they look, especially when they're in the middle of a health crisis," says Jeffrey Paul. "We want to give these kids the opportunity to feel good about themselves again."

Alopecia UK

Alopecia UK is the largest charity in the UK supporting people with all types of alopecia. We provide information, advice and support for people who experience alopecia.

American Hair Loss Association

The American Hair Loss Association is committed to educating and improving the lives of all those affected by hair loss. It is our goal to create public awareness of this devastating disease of the spirit, and to legitimize hair loss of all forms in the eyes of our medical community, the media and society as a whole.

American Hair Research Society

The North American Hair Research Society members are clinical or basic science researchers who are committed to unraveling the causes and developing effective treatments for disorders of hair growth.

Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society

The Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society aims to foster hair science through communication amongst Australian and New Zealand hair researchers, dermatologists and wool biologists.

Canadian Hair Loss Foundation

CHLF provides grant funding to clinical or laboratory-based hair loss researchers working at Canadian universities.

Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation

CARF was formed as a result of one person's experience with scarring alopecia (cicatricial means scarring). When the patient realized that little is known about such disorders, she decided, with the help of her doctor, to initiate a grassroots effort to raise funds to study these problems. This website has been created to provide information about the cicatricial alopecias for patients, their families and physicians, as well as the public.

European Hair Research Society

The EHRS serves as an advocate and resource for increasing public and government awareness of the needs for, and advances resulting from, hair research.

International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons

The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons is a consumer organization that selectively screens skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons.

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery is the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration...We are dedicated to promoting the highest standards of medical practice and medical ethics. The ISHRS also provides continuing education to physicians specializing in hair transplant surgery and is committed to providing the latest information on medical and surgical treatments for hair loss to the general public.

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), is a 501(c) organization (Federal Tax ID is 94-2780249). Headquartered in San Rafael, CA, NAAF supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.

Natural Healthy Hair Society

We exist to provide a platform to discuss healthy hair solutions. We are Coordinators of Special Events and Hair Shows throughout the United States. We recognize hair care professionals who promote healthy hair care through our Healthy Hair Showcases.

The Hair Research Society of India

The Hair Research Society of India (THRSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in the science of Hair. It consists of clinical dermatologists, Practicing Physicians, and Research Scientists involved in the study of hair biology, clinical hair disorders and their management.

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