I'm training at a new daytime gym (muay thai), and we do "light sparring" without the headgear. But with us being men, "light sparring" can easily turn into playful slugfests. We do use 16oz gloves though. The only time someone trains w/ headgear is if he has an amateur bout coming up. Keep in mind this isn't boxing, so the number of punches thrown to the head are considerably less per round. My instructor doesn't really like us wearing head gear. He says it damages our brains more than going without it. He told us to rub some vaseline on our face and gloves if we were gonna spar hard. But: 1)My gloves are really nice, and i think too much oil-based product would ruin the leather. 2)I think the excessive vaseline will give me some pimples, cause i got oily skin. 3)Vaseline is just some overall nastiness. Should i just wear a headgear? It's not like i will be crucified for it. And can anyone point me to some real stylish and extremely comfortable headgears? Thanks.