Buzzfeed is reporting that Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is cracking down on its employee haircut policy — pointing to a “Hairstyle Sketchbook” for pointers on haircuts.
Employees recently have been sent home for hair that does not meet company standards, a source told Buzzfeed.
“We realize that the manner in which you style your hair is highly personal and subject to your own tastes and preferences,” Abercrombie states in memo for store employees, dated Aug. 29, 2013. “While we respect your individuality, it is important that we maintain a consistent level of dress and grooming that represents what people expect from the Abercrombie & Fitch brand.”
For instance, “sunkissed” hair color is permitted, but not “contrasting color” — which is really so ’90s, anyway.
Facial hair is also considered unacceptable, the documents show. Tattoos, if inconspicuous and representative of Abercrombie’s brand, may be OK — again, reliant on the store manager’s discretion.
The documents also specify appropriate jewelry, saying that women are allowed a maximum of two earrings per ear, and that they should not be bigger than a dime and should not dangle. The shape should be “in good taste.” Men, however, are not allowed to wear earrings.
Those who break the rules will be subject to “appropriate disciplinary action,” which may include getting fired, according to the handbook.
Of course, Abercrombie execs should perhaps worry more about what’s inside the book than the cover.
As InvestorPlace reported yesterday, ANF has faced some struggles of late. Its most recent quarterly results showed a 43% earnings miss against analyst forecasts, which sent shares down nearly 10% over the past 5 trading days. Shares are down some 33% in the past month.