You might not think professional male athletes spend a ton of time on their hair but Yankees’ right fielder Nick Swisher (yes, he’s as charming as you hoped) will make you think again. The baseball superstar is one of the faces of Head & Shoulders and rightfully so: Swisher’s known for mixing up his hairstyle. For more on “Swish,” his hair, and his guilty pleasure, read on.
Let’s talk about your hair. You’ve worn it long, super-short, and even rocked a mohawk. What hairstyle has been your favorite? “I’ve had them all: long hair, which I would wear in a half ponytail and full ponytail—I didn’t really know what I was doing. I started growing it out when my grandmother passed away in 2005 and in the 2007 season, I donated 11-inches to Beautiful Lengths—so that’s been the most memorable one. My wife loves the mohawk. Everyone always asks me to bring it back but right now I’m trying the faded comb over—gotta keep them guessing!”
Who on the team has the best hair and who has the worst? “I don’t want to sound full of myself but, the best, is myself. [Raul] Ibanez and [Andruw] Jones have the Mr. Clean look going on. And D-Rob [David Robertson] works hard at getting his hair perfect. The worst...I don’t want to call anyone out, but I have to say Russ [Russell] Martin because he’s always in between styles. He doesn’t know where he’s going. And with hair, you have to have a plan—you have to have goals.”
What do you love about Head & Shoulders? “They’ve been so gracious to me. They’re like a family. And they make it fun with things like the Mane Man challenge where other athletes and I compete in competition and try to get votes. We’re letting people know that Head & Shoulders is where it’s at. I shower everyday—obviously I have to—and always use their shampoo. It’s a staple in the Swisher household.”
What other products do you love? “I’m a big cologne guy but I mix it up. I have a heap of different ones but smelling good is a big thing. It’s important. My wife and I both wear Creed Virgin Island Water—it’s unisex—it reminds me of being at the beach.” Keep reading for Swisher's workout and pre-game rituals!
I know you’re a taken man. Which of your wife’s looks do you like best? “She’s my princess and I’m her biggest fan. I like when she’s blonde and when she’s dark red like she is right now. She’s so beautiful and she definitely takes care of herself. She’s made my life so much better. I like when she mixes up her look.” SWOON!
What’s your favorite way to work out? “I love football—it’s one of my favorite sports. I have some boys who play for the New York Jets, and I try to train like them on the off season. We play 162 games in 183 days so it’s a 9 or 10 month season. You have to come to camp ready to go. I’ve been focusing on pull-ups, core stuff, and back—in baseball, the back, glutes, and core is where you generate a lot of power.”
Are you a massage guy? “I’m not a spa guy—like eucalyptus and stuff but I go to the ball field and get stretched, get a massage, get in the hot/cold whirlpool. I’m an athletic spa kind of guy.”
Do you have a pre-game ritual? “I put on my headphones and jam out to smooth beats. You have to liven up the clubhouse!”
What is your favorite cheat food? “I’ve really changed my body this season and it was due to diet. I had meals delivered to my house so I could be getting the right caloric intake. But I’m a meat and potatoes guy. I love a burger. But I try to eat healthy—it’s the best fuel for my body.” —Heather Muir, FITNESS Beauty Director