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.”
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