Razors are ditched and mustaches and beards of all shapes and sizes emerge for No Shave November, a month-long celebration that has become a national phenomenon.

No Shave November, or Movember, has grown to include more than 1.9 million "Mo Bros" and "Mo Sistas" globally who participate in formal campaigns to raise awareness and money for men's health causes, according to us.movember.com.

Yorkers are invited to a shave party on Saturday at DiDi and Smiling John's, a salon and barber shop at 330 S. George St.

Folks can stop in at the family-owned shop from 5 to 9 p.m. for a trim or full shave.

Walk-ins are welcome, or call 858-7428 to make an appointment.

Husband and wife team John and Devon Shilling opened the salon and barber shop last December and didn't have a chance to host a No Shave November event then, but are hoping this year's will turn into an annual celebration.

The concept: The idea for No Shave November stems from beard and mustache competitions held in Germany every November, said John Shilling.

Men of all ages participate, he said.

"A lot of people keep it up and call it Decembeard," he said. "And other people take it all the way off."

Some participants raise money for men's health, but others do it just for fun, John Shilling said.

Devon Shilling said, "It's mainly an excuse for men to grow beards and their wives can't say anything about it."


The shave party is also a kickoff event to encourage people to shop local and shop at small businesses over the holidays, said Devon Shilling.

"Our slogan is that when you support small businesses you support families," she said.

After the shave party everyone is invited to Bistro 19, 19 N. George St. to watch Devon's band, DiDi Deluxe and The Dirty Devils, perform.

DiDi and Smiling John's offers a range of traditional and modern haircuts and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information visit www.didiandsmilingjohns.com.

-- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdispatch.com