With roots dating to 2003, Movember has prompted more than 5 million Mo Bros to sprout a handlebar or Ron Burgundy to raise awareness and funds for men's health. But for Eric Zatchok, president of Beards of the Old Northwest's Cleveland chapter, the facial hair trend is more about self-expression. "Great beards are reflected through the confidence ... that you have," he says. Initially an act of rebellion against a movie theater job, Zatchok's 21-inch beard, grown over three years, is now a part of his identity. "It was like a bug I caught," he says. If you want to join the movement, be proud of whatever your genetics will allow, whether that's a scraggly, patchy or thick version. "Grow what you can," says Zatchok.
"Daffy" Dan Gray
The original Cleveland T-shirt man's trucker mustache and long locks are almost as iconic as his civic-centric tees.
The Akron Crankshaft comic illustrator rocks a fluffy white St. Nick beard year-round.
"MDogg" Matt Cross
Tame with: Hops from your favorite craft beer can now style your facial hair thanks to the Lesher's HopStache Brand Mustache Wax ($8.99) from Beerded Beard Co. Scents range from pungent Simcoe to subtle Cascade hops. "I don't put any other fragrances in," says founder Bob Lesher, "only the hop essence that I make myself." beerdedbeard.com
Accessorize with: Keep long tendrils in check by sliding on a Bearded Owl Woodcraft beard ring ($25) from Medina-based woodworker Ryon Davis. "Mine are made out of exotic woods like Brazilian tigerwood," he says. "I sand everything so nothing gets hung up in your beard." facebook.com/beardedwoodcraft
Shave with: You've made it through the month, so treat yourself to a soothing, old-fashioned straight razor shave from Main Street Barber Shop. "The shaving cream we make in house," says owner Frank Puliafico. "It's a cocoa butter base. It's good for the skin and highly moisturizing." 403 E. Royalton Road, Broadview Heights, 440-627-6228