I'm feeling super good today. Perhaps it's because I'm looking forward to my little getaway after the grooming talk's over! But also perhaps it's the friendly banter some of the staff who came in earlier and I had that led to the light-hearted atmosphere. Whatever the reason is, I'm just glad to be here at Wearnes Corporation Limited as part of the Corporate Lunchtime Talk Series. 

Today's lunchtime talk is going to be another record of sorts as there are 24 ladies and 1 gentleman. If you thought the lonesome gentleman was going to be "bullied" by the ladies, think again. He was constantly vying for attention and contributed to much laughter in the class. From the start to the end, it was clear he was going to be the star and not supporting actor.

After lunch was served and I introduced my credentials, some of the ladies immediately poked fun at the nasi lemak lunch that they ate and jested that it was fattening. With quick thinking on my part, I told them to be rest assured as they can always come to me for personal training lessons thereafter. With that little good natured exchange, the session was destined to spell only one word - fun!

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What is especially heartening for any trainer is that the participants actively participate in the discussions. This to me, is the biggest takeaway from any of my workshops or talks. After all, even though the syllabus may be the same, but each participant brings with her or him a different set of worldly experience and that's what makes the crucial difference. Imagine if someone could value add to what I have to share, that would be super duper! 

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I loved it when the Wearnes staff participated far better than what I expected. Besides participating in the various discussions, they also gave comments or remarks or jokes that came from across the room at different times. Strangely, but truly, it does miracles and lifts the energy in the room too! This was evident when sharing on image destroyers, some of ladies chanted in unison "fashion fashion" in good faith. Obviously, an image destroyer such as a run in the stockings or lipstick marks on the teeth cannot be a fashion statement. But then again, what harm can it cause if it contributes to the learning environment of the entire class? 

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When sharing on facial shapes and getting the participants to pair up to help examine each other's face shape, the lone gentleman was quick to make sure the spotlight was back on him again. All because I mentioned permission needed to be sought before touching the partner's face. Without any doubt, after the lady pair came up, he immediately raised his hand to volunteer himself. That's what I love about the energy of this room. People automatically volunteer themselves without me having to ask for volunteers.

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Simply put, I just love what I'm doing, sharing my knowledge with others to improve the quality of their lives. Will you be next in line for me to touch your lives in my own little way? :)

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Hmm...do you not know what's the mane problem with most of us? Yes, the mane problem troubling us is deciding how to care for our crowning glory. That's the next most important after deciding the type of shampoo and conditioner to use.

Just think about it. Our tresses are not only subjected to stress from the external environment (think the sun rays and our less than tender way of treating it), but also our daily routine such as our lifestyle habits (whether we eat healthily, exercise, sleep early etc) and of course stress in general.

But first before we start lamenting about our hair, let's decide our hair type first. Now that's of paramount importance as the better you understand your hair type, the easier it will be for you to find the perfect products in order to keep your hair healthy and youthful looking.

There are generally four hair types - normal, thick/curly, oily and dry hair. Let us look at each of them in greater detail.
 
 
Normal Hair

Normal hair is widely regarded as the most ideal hair type as it is shiny, well-balanced and easy to style. Most hair brushes are suitable for medium hair. Cheers!

Thick Or Curly Hair

If you have thick or curly hair, remember it has to be groomed to stop it from becoming uncontrollably frizzy. Once the hair gets extra frizzy, it tends to get entangled and that's when the real nightmare of combing it out begins. Use a detangling brush and wide toothed comb after washing to remove the tangles. Follow up to air dry. If you insist on using a hairdryer, then choose to blow dry downwards to encourage the hair cuticles to lie flat with the help of a brush.

Oily Hair


Like it or not, Singapore's tropical climate worsens your condition as the increased sebum secretion clogs pores and gives your hair its greasy look. However, thinking on the bright side, sebum is a natural hair conditioner and all you need is to use a bristle brush to help remove the excess oils while keeping hair moisturised and healthy.

Dry Hair

Lying on the other extreme of the spectrum, dry hair is possibly the result of over exposure to the sun, inactive oil glands and harsh chemical treatments (eg. dyeing your hair too often or using too strong treatments). The best way out is to choose a bristle hair brush in an attempt to start brushing. Brushing helps stimulate the hair follicles which reside the sebaceous glands. This encourages the flow of sebum that moisturises and protects the hair. In addition, for dry hair, using a conditioner is a MUST as your hair needs all the moisture it can get. My last advice for you is to avoid all heated appliances. 

Now not only do you know your own hair type, you have also learnt what type of hair brushes are best suited for your hair type. Remember, love yourself, love your hair as it is your crowning glory!

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