So, I had a discussion with someone last week about beards. Some folks in the kitchen have them, some (obviously) don't. I don't have a problem with facial hair, per se; but then again, I tend to consider a net over my beard to be just another thing one puts on when working in a kitchen like an apron. Others just roll their eyes at the suggestion. Lots of folks, men and women have hair way longer than my beard, but it seems to be ignored.... I view a net as not really a "suggestion". The health code here makes it clear that if you have long hair, on your head or on your face, it's to be covered. Here’s the relevant portion of the food code: Food employees shall wear clean and effective hair restraints, such as hairnets or beard nets, if appropriate, and clothing that covers body hair. … Hats, caps, scarves or other head covers are acceptable if the hair is contained to prevent contamination. Hair spray and tying back the hair in a ponytail are not effective hair restraints. So my question is twofold: would you hire someone with a beard to work on the line, provided they 'netted' it, and is long head hair just 'overlooked' and dismissed?