“I use bath soaks to relax my muscles and unwind”
It’s difficult to miss Ashley Banjo at 6ft 5 inches, the street dancer and actor makes quite an impression. The handsome former physics and biology student who is of Nigerian and English heritage, initially formed Swift Moves in 2007 with his younger brother and nine friends, before later changing their name to Diversity. As leader and choreographer of this dance troupe, he famously guided them to success in the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, where he was praised by the judges for both his choreography and performance. As a result, Ashley and Diversity were catapulted to stardom, and as winners of the competition they went on to perform before The Queen at the Royal Variety Show.
Now established as a presenter in his own right Ashley has flourished in his role on Sky 1’s dance talent show, Got to Dance. He co- judges the show with Kimberley Wyatt and Adam Garcia, and was recently photographed with them for the UK edition of Vanity Fair in their celebrity portfolio. Here at The Grooming Guide we appreciate the fact that Ashley looks pulled together whether camera ready or just rehearsing with his crew. Here he tells us how he manages to look so fresh despite his hectic lifestyle.
Diversity continue to build on their success and after two sold out tours, the third arena tour is now on sale. For more information on Diversity’s upcoming tour or to purchase tickets:
Do you think that men are paying more attention to their appearance and if so why?
There are definitely more products available for guys right now and also high profile celebrities are being used to promote them.
Do you think that being in the public eye makes you more aware of the need to look good?
Yes absolutely but it doesn’t have to be in an obvious way.
Do you have a specific grooming routine that you do daily and if so what products do you use?
I don’t really have the time to have a complicated routine but I do use Kiehl’s products their facial fuel face wash and moisturiser is great, palmers coco butter seems to work for my body.
How often do you shave etc and with what?
I tend to shave every other day and wash twice a day because of rehearsals.
Bath or shower, with what and why? I tend to shower every morning and bathe every night, in the morning I need waking up!!!! In the evening I use bath soaks to relax my muscles and unwind, I find Elemis products are great for both the bath and shower.
How do you stay fresh on tour?
Pretty much the same routine as at home but I also take advantage of the hotel spa’s and ice baths!!!
What is your favourite fragrance and how long have you worn it?
My favourite D&G fragrance was discontinued so I now use D&G L’Amoureux 6 and have been wearing it for about a year
Do you have products that you borrow form your wife/ girlfriend?
Do you buy products yourself?
Yes I do.
What other guys in the public eye do you think are well groomed?
Joey Essex?!……………no seriously David Beckham
What does well groomed mean to you?
Taking pride in your appearance
2. D&G No. 6 L'Amoureux 100ml EDT Spray £38.00 for 100ml at Harrods
3. Ashley Banjo
4. Elemis Shower Body Wash £18.40 for 300ml at Debenhams
5. David Beckham
6. Kiehls Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash £14.00 for 250ml at House of Fraser
7. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Original "Solid" Formula £3.25 for 100g at Boots