Gavin Henson's Beauty Ritual


Gavin Henson sat down on the new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on the BBC and attempted to take more ground from Beckham in the athlebrity grooming competition. Aside from fueling rumors of a pending engagement to Charlotte Church, he joked off his beauty rituals:

"It takes two hours to get ready - hot bath, shave my legs and face, moisturise, put fake tan on and do my hair - which takes a bit of time. I need my fellow players to say I'm looking good, I need it for my confidence - it gives you a boost. I don't want Charlotte to do my legs, she can concentrate on her own. Mine are smoother than hers."

Gh_tan Gh_shave Gh_hair

And apparently good grooming is helpful for mid-air tackles, as this recent shot of Henson taking down France's centre Cedric Heymans demonstrates.


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  1. Well, he spends alot of time "grooming", but it can't necessarily be called "good grooming". Fake tan? ewwww

    Posted by: Patrick | Mar 27, 2006 10:20:43 AM

  2. also - i'm not convinced the hair takes a lot out of his day, really. provided he's not making his product from scratch, it looks (especially in the first image today) like he's just slapping it on and styling it up. bad angle, i know, but still.

    not saying i don't approve of any gavin pictures y'all would like to put up or anything - i do. oh, how i do.

    Posted by: Bridey | Mar 27, 2006 10:28:21 AM

  3. His chest is delicious, but the fake tan? Why, Charlotte? Why? Make it go away.

    And frankly, while I do like the short, spiky style that many of our guys prefer, when it gets really long and stands up as high and as straight as Gavin's does, it tends to remind me of the Heat Miser from "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (ca. 1972).

    Never a good idea.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 27, 2006 10:47:28 AM

  4. WHAT is WITH that HAIR? Good Lord! Reminds me of something I did as a joke back in the 1980's!

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 27, 2006 11:24:35 AM

  5. He has the good looks to where he doesn't need to try to express his individuality with a hair-style that has been done to death by boy-bands four or five years ago.

    Posted by: Patrick | Mar 27, 2006 11:55:54 AM

  6. Bragging that your legs are smoother than your fiancees... good god.

    At least they've got Ben Cohen. Otherwise British manhood would be in serious question.

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 27, 2006 12:14:05 PM

  7. Metrosexuality is merely old wine in new bottles.

    It was only half a millenium ago, when men wore cod pieces and wigs and wore hose to their knickers....powdered if not bathed...and when Beau Brummel arrived, so had Puritanism....

    Posted by: Raymond | Mar 27, 2006 12:23:40 PM

  8. Metrosexuals are beginning to make me puke. Why would you ever want to shave your legs if you don't have to? Please don't answer!

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 27, 2006 12:27:20 PM

  9. The HIGHer the hair, the closer to, er, God.

    Posted by: max | Mar 27, 2006 1:15:33 PM

  10. Dude is so two summers ago. Even the Times knows that unkempt is the new poo.

    Posted by: mo | Mar 27, 2006 1:29:11 PM

  11. That's another thing... I hate the whole unkempt-hair look. People tried that in the 70s and it was just as awful then. All those out of control sideburns (has anyone seen Elijah Wood lately?) and shitty hairstyles. It doesn't have to be short (though I largely prefer it that way), but it should at least look like you care. Otherwise all you'll have are some pictures 15 years from now that you wish would disappear. (Just like the 70s.)

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 27, 2006 1:46:54 PM

  12. What is it about these Ruggers?
    Prolly THE most sublimated sport.

    Posted by: hadassah weinreb | Mar 27, 2006 6:16:05 PM

  13. "shave my legs and face, moisturise, put fake tan on and do my hair"

    ummm, gross. I'll take my legs hairy thanks. And when has a spray tan (a home spray tan, no less) looked good on *anybody*?

    Posted by: jayKayEss | Mar 27, 2006 10:42:44 PM

  14. Raymond said it. It's just so much more offensive now, though, flying in the (moisturized) face of the screaming machismo bullshit.

    Posted by: Jacko | Mar 28, 2006 6:34:07 AM

  15. Two hours to look like that? He should have taken three.

    Posted by: smith | Apr 5, 2006 12:33:24 PM

  16. In the theater of the nineteenth century, hair like that was termed a "fright wig." Theater abandoned the fright wig long ago; he should consider doing so immediately.

    Posted by: Will | Apr 5, 2006 12:35:10 PM

  17. whine, whine, whine! Good grief. And I take from many of the comments they'd rather have him come down with skin cancer under the sun lamps, or in the sun! Let him be himself. If you don't like him the way he is . . . go moon after someone else. Sheeesh! the cost of popularity, a bunch of piranhas! Y'all sound like a victorian Queen friend of mine who is NEVER satisfied with anything and is a pain in the ear half the time. He looks damn fine to me! tho I might quibble quietly to myself about his hair style. He likes it, and presumably his girlfriend. You yealous that he's happy?!!!!!!

    Posted by: Erikzed | Apr 5, 2006 2:47:12 PM

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