‘It’s important to look good so that you feel good’
Long jumper Greg Rutherford has long been on our radar here at The Grooming Guide, and as much for his flame hair and fair skin as the gold medal has just won at the Commonwealth Games! A man of conviction, you won’t see Greg on a reality show anytime soon, he’ll leave that until his sporting career is over….
Greg received an MBE in the 2013 New Years Honours for services to athletics and he continues to compete successfully in the long jump as well as sprinting. We appreciate the fact that Greg always storms ahead in the grooming stakes and always makes an effort to look dapper when he’s competing. Thanks Greg for dropping by to talk bubble baths and body shaving…you’re a style inspiration.
James King and Victoria Child
Do you have a daily grooming routine?
In training athletes sweat a lot so it’s just a case of regular showers and cleansing. I use a Sanex Shower Gel and then Tigi Bed Head Men’s Shampoo. To style my hair I use a really great Australian brand – Kevin Murphy, they have a wax called Night Rider which works wonders.
How do you relax after a hard day training?
If I’m in a rush or about to head out I’ll just jump in the shower, but if I’ve got more time I’ll run a bath and throw in some magenesium or epsom salts along with a nice smelling bubble bath to help me relax.
Do you have a signature fragrance?
In terms of deodorant, the only one I use is the Dove Men Plus Care Clean Comfort. When it comes to fragrance, I tend to mix it up a bit, my current favourites are Bvlgari Man Extreme and Ermenegildo Zegna Intenso.
What’s in your wash bag?
Toothbrush, Sensodyne Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Deodorant, at least 2 aftershaves, my Braun Electric Shaver, Phillips Body Shaver, Shampoo and Shower Gel.
Does looking good in the arena give you a confidence boost ahead of your performances?
Absolutely! It’s important to look good so that you feel good. You need to be able to intimidate your competition and show you mean business so appearance is crucial. Before every competition I have a ten minute hot shower which helps maintain body moisture as well as open my airways. A slightly menthol shampoo, such as Head and Shoulders’, and a shower gel is always good. I then shave down to ensure my body is as streamline as possible. I’ll then clean my teeth and do my hair, often with extra hairspray to keep it in place while I’m running and jumping!
How much time do you dedicate to your hair, and what products do you
use on it?
Each day is different as it really depends on how it’s behaving and how unruly its being! It’s now pretty well trained but it can be a pain if I’ve slept in a weird position! If it’s behaving well, then only usually about five minutes with the Night Rider product is enough, but I’ll often check back to see that it’s still in place!
You pull off the redhead look with some style, are there any other
sports stars you take inspiration from in styling your appearance?
It’s got to be Beckham. It’s what he’s famous for and also not many have embraced the combover hair (which I’ve now taken to) so that’s an extra reason!
How do you protect your skin?
I’m always good with sun cream, minimum factor 30, especially when I’m away on warm weather training. If I do burn then I’ll use Aloe Vera products afterwards. Staying hydrated is also key to keeping my skin looking good and feeling great.
What are you looking forward to most about Rio 2016?
Defending my title and bringing home another Gold medal
Where and when are you happiest?
When I’m at home with my girlfriend and my dogs, relaxing after a good day’s training.
1. Ermenegildo Zegna Intenso Eau De Toilette £45 for 50ml at Debenhams
2. Sanex Dermo Protector Shower Gel £3.09 for 500ml at Superdrug
3. Kevin Murphy Night Rider Matte Texture Paste in Firm Hold around £22 for 100g at www.kevinmurphy.com
4. David Beckham
5. Head & Shoulder Menthol Fresh Shampoo £4.99 for 500ml at Superdrug
6. Braun CoolTec CT2cc Electric Shaver with Active Cooling Technology and Cleaning Centre £153.31 at Boots
7. Greg Rutherford
8. Sensodyne Repair & Protect £3.99 for 75ml at Superdrug
9. Bvlgari Bvlgari Man Extreme Eau De Toilette £45 for 60ml at House of Fraser