Starbucks Employees Can Now Match Green Hair To Their Green Aprons

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Nearly two years after Starbucks allowed employees to get a bit more graphic behind the counter — showing some visible tattoos for the first time — the coffee giant is once again revamping its dress code, this time allowing baristas to wear more color — even if that happens to be in their hair. 

Starbucks on Monday announced more changes to its dress code, providing employees with the opportunity for personal expression by wearing shirts that aren’t black or white, as well as certain hats.

Under the updated policy, a range of shirt colors beyond solid black and white are welcome, such as gray, navy, dark denim and brown, including patterns. Additionally, shorts, skirts, dresses and pants, including dark-wash jeans, are now part of the authorized dress code.

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Most notably, the company is allowing partners (its name for employees) to make a statement with their hair color, “so long as coloring is permanent or semi-permanent, in keeping with food-safety standards.”

Business Insider reports that hair color has long been a point of contention between the chain and employees, with a petition on Coworker.org asking the company to change the policy.

Baristas can also keep their hair under wraps if they choose, by now donning beanies, fedoras, and other suitable hats,with the exception of cowboy hats, bucket hats, and ball caps.

“I believe these changes work well with our iconic green apron and also complement the passion partners bring to our coffee and their craft,” Cosimo LaPorta, executive vice president, U.S. Retail Store Operations, said in a statement. “We want partners to be as proud of their look as they are when they tie on their green apron.”

[via Business Insider]