The continuous buzzing of shaving clippers filled the air inside Rudy's Barbershop in Ballard. Men lined up to get rid of all facial hair, starting the month with a face as smooth as a baby.
"November 1st is the kick off of Movember," said Andy Leonetti, of The Movember Foundation. “It's a global effort to raise awareness about men's health issues, and it all starts with a mustache."
Today, volunteers will shave off all facial hair, and then spend the rest of the month growing a mustache. Volunteer Travis Harth said he joined the effort for personal reasons.
"I had a friend die from testicular cancer, he was in his 40's,” said Harth. "I feel this is a good way to raise awareness."
Harth shaved his beard and will now grow his mustache, saying "it's only 30 days, it won't be huge, but it will get noticed."
And with that notice, comes discussion.
"When someone asks me about my mustache, I tell them why I'm growing it, and we start a dialogue about men's health," said Leonetti.
The numbers are startling. One out of every six men is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 29,720 will die from the disease per year.
Movember has a number of events scheduled for the next 4 weeks, including a "Mustache Dache" run/walk and celebration gala's at the end of November.
For more information, visit Movember’s website and Rudy’s Barber Shop.