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The biggest difference between corporate grooming and personal grooming boils down to this – are you focusing on the image of your company or yourself? If your focus is on self, then you are likely to be talking about personal grooming. If you are more concerned about the organisational branding, then corporate grooming is the way forward.

After all, mention corporate grooming and one immediately links it to dressing appropriately for the workplace. 

But if you think corporate grooming is only for the large MNCs, think again. Even small and medium sized enterprises should pay heed to it as it does speak volumes of who you are and how you do things.

Let me now you some handy tips on how to get ace your corporate grooming in today’s blog post.

People have asked me if corporate grooming means having to get the staff to wear some sort of uniform? Well, wearing something similar or a uniform (for lack of a better word) gives one a sense of belonging. It really depends on the nature of the industry. In professions like sales (manning product counters) or hospitality industries (hotels) or healthcare (hospitals), staff don a similar coloured attire.

While many will argue that wanting to create a corporate identity goes beyond the clothes, starting with the clothes may be the least intrusive of them all. After all, many of us (even if you hate to admit it) are stuck in a style rut. This means time has almost stood still for you. You are like a lost relic, entrapped in a time capsule from eons ago. While some may ask what’s wrong with this? Well…there’s nothing very wrong except you will be labeled as outdated. Being more specific, being stuck in a style rut means wearing the same styles over the decades, without even wanting to experiment with newer cuts, designs or colours. 

If you have had challenges deciding what to wear on Mondays to Fridays, then let that uniform take away all your worries.

Now that you have one less issue to worry about, what you focus on is your appearance and attire. By appearance, I am referring to your hair and makeup (for ladies). I’ve come up with a handy checklist.
 
1. Hair – Bunned up or neatly tied up?
2. Makeup – Too much or no makeup?
3. Accessories – Remember, less is more. Also, do check company policy to see what accessories are allowed.
4. Clothes – How to choose styles that flatter you and exemplify your personality/
5. Shoes – Are they neat and presentable? Or soiled and dirty?
 
If you need help, enlist mine today!  

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One remark from a female participant in class today was enough to send the entire group of 35 ladies into laughter. She said, “a man without hair is like a chicken without feathers.”
 
Lest we think we were into any hairy business, fret not. It was just a ladies grooming talk for the staff of Vishay Intertechnology Asia, a Fortune 500 company.
 
Well, it all started when I reminded all ladies present that one of the biggest turnoffs is having armpit hair and not doing anything about it. That really opened the floodgates of conversation for the ladies. Each had their own piece of advice to share. They agreed that ladies having armpit hair were deemed less sexy and regarded as lazier. 

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If you ask me, whether you have armpit hair or not is your prerogative. But in the general eyes of the public and as part of social conventions, the widely accepted norm is for ladies to remove their armpits.

There are many methods to remove armpit hair. One, ladies can shave. Shaving is one of the cheapest and most common forms of armpit hair removal. Simply walk into any drugstore, purchase a shaver and if you want, some Veet to go with it. Apply the Veet, then shave in an upwards direction.

Two, ladies can turn to IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment to retard the growth. Because of ever-evolving new technology, the cost of IPL hair removal has also fallen in recent years. IPL treatment for hair removal involves applying a light head to the selected areas (in this case, armpits). It combines the use of both heat and light to penetrate deep into the follicles so as to weaken them.

Third, ladies can go for laser treatment. Often seen as a more permanent option as compared to IPL, laser hair removal treatment is also more costly. 
 
So the general consensus in the room was no go for armpit hair. It is indeed unsightly to see shrubs sticking out especially if you are holding onto the railings in the bus or train. 

Then one lady asked “how about men?”
 
And before I could reply, that particular lady responded on my behalf.  

Like the rest of the 34 ladies, I too was tempted to laugh out loud when we heard her answer.

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