‘Ice cold baths shock my muscles back to life!’
Dapper Ugo Monye doesn’t hang about! After attending Lord Wandsworth College this Islington native was soon snapped up by the Harlequins U19 coach, he was quickly offered a contract and within 12 months he was a member of the England Sevens!
Here at The Grooming Guide we like the fact that when this for the Harlequins wing/center isn’t ‘hanging’ with his Olympian pals Mark Lewis-Francis & Tyrone Edgar he makes sure that his feet are firmly on the ground by teaching Bible classes. Now that Mr Monye is the new face (and body!) of Molton Brown’s Sport collection we reckon that he’s well placed to give a real mans take on grooming. Thanks Ugo!
Now you are the new face (and body) of Molton Brown’s Sport collection, are you feeling the pressure to look good?
Well, it’s hugely exciting as I’ve always been a big fan of Molton Brown but I always try to take care in my appearance. I’m having a lot of fun but happily I don’t feel any additional pressure to look my best.
Has your approach to grooming changed at all?
As I’ve become older I’ve become more interested in grooming and now it’s firmly part of my daily routine. So no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I always moisturise and looking after my skin is crucial.
Rugby can be a dirty game, how do you stay fresh?
Rugby is such a physically demanding sport that a good anti-perspirant is key. After the game, I take a short, sharp plunge in an ice cold bath to shock my muscles back to life!
Bath or shower and with what?
It depends – it’s usually a shower before and after training but when I’m at home nothing beats a long soak. In the shower, I’ve always used Molton Brown’s Re-charge Black Pepper but in the bath I am a big fan of bath salts, especially Molton Brown’s Seamoss Stress Relieving Hydrosoak.
Do the products you use change throughout the year?
A good moisturiser for the face is alway something I spend money on and I’m a fan of Clarins. Training outside in winter can be tough so I tend to use body lotions to lock in moisture and prevent dryness.
Do you have a signature scent?
I’m currently wearing Black Orchid by Tom Ford which is a firm favourite. I’ve also recently started using Molton Brown’s Mahina fine fragrance which is really fresh and light.
What’s your favourite smell on others?
Molecule 01 at Harvey Nichols as it’s velvety and woody but crucially the scent varies depending on the wearer.
So you’re stuck on a desert island which one product will get you through?
A strong sunscreen – no contest.
Aside from exercise do you take care of your body?
Well every 2-3 days I’ll use a scrub to clear dead skin and after training I’ll use the Body-Warming Sportbalm from Molton Brown’s Sport Collection I’ll rub into my muscles and it has a fantastic fiery kick!
Where do you have your haircut? What products do you use to maintain your style?If I want something quick and easy I’ll go the barbers, however, if I want something more stylised I’ll visit Aveda.
Is there one treatment you keep going back to?
Wearing rugby boots destroys your feet so every now and again I’ll have a pedicure.
Which other guys do you think look good?
I think Pharrell Williams has a real unique style and I like how creative he is both musically and in the way he dresses. For classic grooming David Gandy can do no wrong.
Lastly have you any suffered any grooming disasters?
Yes and only about 3 months ago! I went through a stage of peroxiding my hair (to give it a red flash at the front) and one night I overdid it. I woke to find a clump of hair had fallen out. Never again!
Interview: A. Georgakopoulou
Additonal research: A. Christoffers
1. Black Orchid by Tom Ford £45.00 for 30ml at Selfridges
2. Molton Brown Karanja Tree Daily SPF30 Sunscreen £35.00 for 30ml at Molton Brown
3. Molton Brown's Mahina Scent £60.00 for 50ml at John Lewis
4. David Gandy
5. Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream £2.13 for 60g at Boots
6. Molton Brown Sports Collection
7. Molton Brown Blissful Templetree Body Lotion £18.00 for 200ml at Morton Brown London
8. Pharrell Williams
9. Molton Brown’s Recharge Black Pepper £18.00 for 300ml at Heal's