Beardless and Loathing At Blackstone Labs: A Quick Look at our No-Shave November Contest

November 04, 2016 3 min read

Beat The Beards | Blackstone Labs No-Shave November Contest


If you’ve seen any of our video content on social media, you will quickly notice that there is never a shortage of facial hair here at Blackstone Labs (aside from our clean-cut, fearless leader PJ Braun). To put it bluntly, we cherish them (as do the majority of our girlfriends and wives).

No-Shave November, and it's counterpart “Movember,” were originally started to raise awareness of hair loss caused to cancer treatment, as well as other health issues for men, respectively. Participants typically refrain from shaving, or shave off all facial hair, and then let it grow back wild and free. While primarily focused on men’s health, women can also show solidarity by participating. They will often forego shaving their legs, or other areas. The aim is to “grow” awareness, and also to make donations to help those in need. Participants are encouraged to donate the amount of money which they would normally spend on grooming products for a month.

In true Blackstone Labs fashion, we took this as an opportunity to not only make a difference, but to also give back to our loyal fanbase with another great contest!

The rules for this one are a little more extensive than the norm for us, but it is with good reason.

  1. Buy any Blackstone Labs product in November
  2. Take a picture of your cleanly-shaven face RIGHT NOW. Be sure to include a newspaper with the date clearly visible in the shot.
  3. On December 1st, take another picture of your newfound rugged, manly, and ravishingly handsome beard-face. Be sure to include a newspaper with the date clearly visible in the shot.
  4. Email your before and after pictures, along with your order number to

Easy right? Wrong. We just had to spice it up here to keep things fun.

We took a look at the top beards in the Blackstone Labs family and decided that of the main office employees, muscle boy all star Sami Ghanem (@supersaiyansami
On Instagram) and man of leisure, grammatical titan, dynamite volcano hands, and staff writer extraordinaire (Editor’s Note: and writer of this article) Ryan Burk, were undoubtedly the bearers of the mightiest beards we have to offer. It took some arm-twisting, hand wringing, and flat out begging, but we finally got both of them to agree to shave their own beards and participate, too.

In order to win, you have to prove yourself worthy. If you are able to outgrow Sami and Ryan, you will be placed into a pool. If drawn, you will receive:

  • $1,000 cold, hard cash.
  • A paid trip to Boca Raton, Florida. Your flight, hotel, and food will all be accommodated by us!
  • A full day of training with perhaps the best beard in all of bodybuilding; Seth Feroce!
  • A feature in an upcoming episode of Beauty and Braun.
  • A suite of Blackstone Labs products, apparel and other swag (up to $500 in value)!
  • And last, but certainly not least, a $1,000 donation made out to any Movember/No-Shave November charity of your choice in your name.

Are you up to the challenge? Sami and Ryan are by no means people to be trifled with, but we know you can do it! Don’t miss out on this insane opportunity for an amazing prize and also a way to really help those in need.