There are two (small) guides that sit in a couple of the head bolt holes and that pretty much holds the gasket. The gasket moving is really what you're worried about. The pain of it is not hitting the timing chain guides and feeding the timing chain itself in and out of the head when moving the head. I always hook the chain to a bungee cord to keep it taught while the sprockets are off. And the bungee helps to snake the chain through when lifting it on or off.
I've done the HG 3 times now (on 3 different cars) and I think the first time I had someone help me lift the head off, which makes it a lot easier. But it can be done solo. Good luck.
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