For Simplilearn CEO, a well-groomed beard sets the tone for a work call

Krishna Kumar brushes his hair and sets his beard before a work call.

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While working from home, Kumar mainly wears a cotton T-shirt and cotton pants.
For Krishna Kumar, CEO, Simplilearn, neat hair and a well-groomed beard set the tone for a productive work call.

WFH wardrobe
“While working from home, I mainly wear a cotton T-shirt and cotton pants. It works chiefly because of how comfortable it is. I prefer dark shades like grey or brown for trousers and lighter shades for T-shirts such as blue or red or something bright.”


Simple comfort
“For a strategy meeting with the team, I want to feel comfortable so I am in my usual attire of a cotton T-shirt and pants. For a pitch or networking call, I wear a company T-shirt because it helps build recall. I don’t do drinks with friends over video calls as I prefer having a drink in person rather than virtually.”

Grooming is key
“Before an impromptu video call, I always brush my hair and set my beard. This shows that I value my counterpart’s time and am ready to have a productive discussion.”

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Brand speak
“Shopping isn’t an indulgence for me. My wife has to literally push me to even buy the necessary items. My favourite loungewear brand is Lululemon. There is no specific reason why I like it. Brands are always comparable.”

One item I have been wearing repeatedly...
“A generic cloth mask I got from Lifestyle. I’m looking forward to getting rid of it soon (once the pandemic ends).”

What I miss wearing the most..
“Shoes. I was used to having them on during the day. Shoes aren’t allowed inside my house. My favourite is a pair from Steve Madden.”.
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Trim, Shape & Sculpt: How To Style Your Beard Like A Pro During Lockdown
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As homes have become de facto offices, a number of cozy wardrobes - from pyjamas to yoga pants to sweatsuits - are catching on in isolation. And it’s not just the clothes leading the comfy charge. With limited access to barbershops, it’s become perfectly acceptable to don facial fuzz during a video meeting, within limits.

The same way you need to mind the hair on your head for a flattering style, you also need to tame your beard. If you’re stuck for inspiration or just need a guiding hand, here are a few tips to make sure that even in lockdown, your beard stays sharp.

As homes have become de facto offices, a number of cozy wardrobes - from pyjamas to yoga pants to sweatsuits - are catching on in isolation. And it’s not just the clothes leading the comfy charge. Wi..
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If you’re trimming your beard for the first time by yourself, it’s going to take a trim or two to find the most flattering length. Always start with a higher guard length to be certain that you don’t trim too much away. You can’t undo a too-short style but you can always shorten it on a second pass, if needed.

If you’re trimming your beard for the first time by yourself, it’s going to take a trim or two to find the most flattering length. Always start with a higher guard length to be certain that you don’t..
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While growing a beard, it might be tempting to let your beard grow any way it wants but that can give an unkempt look. Trimming loose stray hairs as it grows will not only prevent a disheveled look but it will also help sculpt your beard into its stylized place.

A great way to do this is comb out your beard in the direction it grows before cutting to remove any tangles. If you’re not growing a moustache, trim the hair that grows over the lip area - – this immediately gives the appearance of a neater beard while in the growing stages.

While growing a beard, it might be tempting to let your beard grow any way it wants but that can give an unkempt look. Trimming loose stray hairs as it grows will not only prevent a disheveled look b..
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Once you have the ideal length, it’s time to sculpt. You need to know where to draw your beard boundaries. However, getting the lines right can be tricky. Stick to the natural growth pattern around the cheek area.

Try not to cut into too much of the beard hair as this may result in further maintenance as the beard grows. Use points of the ear and nose area to ensure your beard is symmetrical.

One expert recommends that if your sideburns are overgrown, trimming down this area will reduce puffiness around the face. Additionally, trimming the neck area will do wonders for giving you a chiseled jawline. Start from the middle of your neck and work your way out on either side to help with symmetry.

Once you have the ideal length, it’s time to sculpt. You need to know where to draw your beard boundaries. However, getting the lines right can be tricky. Stick to the natural growth pattern around t..
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