Cast Members Now Allowed Necklaces and Longer Beards with Updated “Disney Look” Appearance Standards at Parks and Resorts

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Since the very start of the company, Disney has upheld very strict appearance standards for its staff, known as cast members, regardless of what position they held. This came to be known as the “Disney Look”, which upheld that all cast members should have a “friendly, classic appearance” devoid of any extreme styles. In fact, here’s a blurb from the Disney Careers page:

At Disney Parks and Resorts, we’ve become famous for our friendly, classic appearance. This look is not a coincidence, but a result of our cast members’ support of the Appearance Standards, or as we call it, the Disney Look.

The Disney Look is a classic look that is clean, natural, polished and professional, and avoids “cutting edge” trends or extreme styles. It is designed with our costumed and non-costumed cast members in mind. Our themed costumed cast members are a critical part of enhancing the experience of our Disney show, and our non-costumed cast members also play an important role as representatives of the Disney brand. Regardless of the position you hold with us, when you take pride in your appearance, you become a role model for those around you, and you convey the attitude of excellence that has become synonymous with the Disney name.

Now it appears that these rules may be becoming more lax to accommodate for more modern styles.

Starting October 28th, cast members will now be able to wear a single bracelet and a single necklace. Previously, necklaces and bracelets were not permitted, with cast members only having the option to wear rings, earrings, and a classic business-style wristwatch.

Cast members looking to grow their facial hair can now do so up to an inch, with visible stubble now allowed during the grow-out process. Previous rules stated that facial hair was limited to a quarter inch, and beard growth had to be done while the employee was on vacation. Back in the ’50s, all cast members had to be clean shaven.

How do you feel about these new changes? Is the classic “Disney Look” part of your parks and resorts experience, or should the rules be updated to accommodate more modern styles? Let us know in the comments!

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Giwreh
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Giwreh

It became time… probably an offspring of the employees’ lawsuit (which they won) against Disney, Paris 1991

aaron c
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aaron c

It is disturbing the amount of changes Disney is making that are fading away from traditional Walt Disney. Sad really 😔😔

Gary
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Gary

I guess everyone who did not like what you said does not like Walt’s vision & don’t care about Walt’s, Lilian’s (Lilly) & Roy’s legacy. There are a lot more of us who approve of what Walt wanted.

Jason Lipman
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Jason Lipman

I like the classic clean look. As Disney continue to change, they are becoming more and more like other theme parks. They are loosing the touches / experience that made Disney “Disney”.

Emus
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Emus

I agree with you. I was a cast member for almost 10 years when I was younger and these changes are startling me. Little by little they are losing the Magic.

Marie
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Marie

oh my god lol, cry me a river. I can assure you no matter the changes, you’ll still come to the park and find something to upset your life ya baby…

Randyland
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Randyland

The Disney look is as much a part of the experience as the Castle… Extremely short hair on guys is not necessary, HOWEVER, it depends on the look. Once the facial hair was permitted, the Disney “look” went out the window… I will never accept a Cast Member with a mustash or beard… A few years ago, i passed through security check, and i stopped dead in my tracks when i saw a Cast Member with long dreadlocks braids down his back…!! I stepped back to him and asked if this was allowed now, and he said yes; adding that… Read more »

Avery
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Avery

This is yikes.

JustJessee
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JustJessee

That was some of the least Disney Spirited things I’ve read in a while. In the words of Elsa, let it go. It sounds like you’re holding on so tight to something that it’s wound up strangling something in you.

DarthOswin
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DarthOswin

Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to.

Will
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Will

I’m a cast member and some of your information is not quite correct. Independant contractors are not and have never been beholden to “the Disney look”. Before I was a cast member I worked for a participating partner that worked on Disney property and I had shoulder length hair and a long beard. I do agree with you about cast member standards, though. As a cast member I have always been clean shaven with moderately short hair.

Sammy
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Sammy

You sir are a moron, I’m a former CM and so you are equating being a CM to being “in the service” UM WHAT? A CM job is that, it’s a job at the end of the day (a job I absolutely loved, but a job nonetheless), I didn’t sign a contract with Disney for the next 4 years of my life. I adhered to Disney look because it comes across as professional but I can’t shave every day or else my I have constant pain from razor bumps and the like so I have a fully grown-in beard that… Read more »

Robin Grant
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Robin Grant

Now Disney pays crappy wages and struggles to get people hired. The pickings are getting slimmer. If you want employees at a higher standard, pay a living wage.

Yoda
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Yoda

Robin, disney pays really well nowadays. They are hiring people all the time. I see them everyday getting off the bus for orientation as well.

15$ an hr is starting pay for majority of the jobs offered and go up yearly and with more experience.

Starting pay for chef assistant is 18$ an hr. Cooks 16 per hr, and so on and so forth.

A lot of people chiming in and some of yall are full of untrustworthy information.

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

It’s $10 an hour currently, set to go to $15 in 2021.

Yoda
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Yoda

Sorry i meant to say *majority of the culinary jobs*

DisneyCM042
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DisneyCM042

My role paid 15 cents over the minimum amount cast members were paid when I left the company last January and I believe I made $11.50 or more. Soon, the role I had will pay $13, then $15 in 2021

PS. I love your articles, Tom!

Jordan
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Jordan

It’s $13 currently, set to go up to to 14 next October, then $15 in October 2021

Kenny
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Kenny

When they cut hours after giving any raises it literally negates the raise. They pay well but you won’t be seeing almost any CM getting 40 a week anymore.

Jane
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Jane

if you’re a cast member you would know that the amount that they get paid is not enough for what they do and the way they are treated by guest. Especially with most who have experience and yet get paid only $16 I think the wage should be better and Disney Can do better for their cast.

Anon CM
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Anon CM

I’m a new cast member and I make about $2000 a month working custodial. It seems like the pay is pretty good to me.

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

How many hours a week is that?

Anon CM
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Anon CM

Full time. 40.

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

They’re paying north of $14 an hour for custodial now?

Previous WDW CM
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Previous WDW CM

No, as a previous Custodian at the Magic Kingdom I can tell you they do not pay north of $14 an hour for custodial. That is Coordinator and above pay until they keep adding to the wage. But an above comment is correct that the more the wages have gone up, the lower the hours have gotten. Certain part-timers don’t get scheduled period anymore. And getting full-time is like a war within the company. Very, very difficult and very competitive.

Disney CM 007
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Disney CM 007

I don’t even make that in security for Disney… are you sure? (Talking about take-home money right?)

Concerned CM
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Concerned CM

“Starting wage is $15”… gtfo dude. I’m a CM and that is not even near accurate.

Yoda
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Yoda

Concerned CM, its not inaccurate?
Maybe for YOU, BUT if you go and REREAD, i said CULINARY. I started at 18 an hr for chef assistant, cook 1 starts at 16 an hr.

ignore yoda
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ignore yoda

No, you did not say culinary. You said, copy and pasted, “15$ an hr is starting pay for majority of the jobs offered and go up yearly and with more experience” then said everyone else was spreading false info. Well here’s correct info from someone who just left the company 3 weeks ago: $15 is NOT starting pay until 2021 and the wage increase is meaningless as hours get cut more and more significantly. Why do you think locations are now significantly understaffed, the parks and bathrooms are dirtier, and the attractions break down more often than ever? Plus, you… Read more »

Yoda
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Yoda

Butthurt CM, You really got butthurt over something i never said and assumed a lot. If you go back and reread the thread of comments, i corrected myself and said, culinary.

But way to go assuming i said or meant frontline anyone.

Yoda
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Yoda

And pay for culinary does go up yearly on a particular day in october because of the Union. You are just mad JUST to be mad.

Athecheat
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Athecheat

In Disney Anaheim it is the starting pay.

Yoda
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Yoda

Dreads are a part of religious beliefs btw, also, corn rows is also considered part of the disney look as long as they are straight back and dont touch the shoulders. If you have never worked for Disney within the last 5 to 10 years, your opinion is invalid. You would know that Disney is constantly changing to fit the ever evolving world around us. I was in the Army and a cast member (third party and i have hair down to the middle of my back) and the standards compared to being a cast member are not even in… Read more »

Cast Member
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Cast Member

You’re gross, Randy. Please stop coming to Disney. We don’t need guests like you.

Wolf97
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Wolf97

Completely unnecessary

CoDy
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CoDy

Sounds like your the troll! Disgusting!

David
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David

You mean like Walt Disney himself ?

Tristian
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Tristian

Shut up baby boomer. No one cares about your outdated opinions and narcissistic attitude.

Darcy
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Darcy

I prefer the classic Disney Look and appreciate their high standards. If you want to dress however you want go work at Six Flags.

Mike
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Mike

Unbeknownst to you, you can’t dress however you want at Six Flags.

Marie
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Marie

okay please dont buy annual passes anymore and stop coming if a freaking beard bothers you lol. I can’t imagine being so sad…

Clemen
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Clemen

They have to update to allow clean and nicely well done dreadlocks. But , when?
Universal Studios already gave that step ahead.

Sophia
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Sophia

One of my coworkers had dreadlocks and nobody told her anything

Charlie
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Charlie

I think Walt Disney is turning in his grave. I personally don’t care for it a lot of the men that have facial hair don’t keep it clean or neatly cut. And for the women well the finger nail polish Walt is also turning in his grave, I’ve seen some colors that would have been used back in the days it had to be neutral. Call me old fashion but I like that.

Jessica Messica
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Jessica Messica

Nail polish is that upsetting?

Michael Howard
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Michael Howard

Get out of my head. The whole ‘Walts turning over in his grave’ is tired and mundane.

Marie
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Marie

I promise you, Walt doesn’t care. He would have hated you though…

Ihateboomers
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Ihateboomers

Walt would care more about the terrible treatment of so many Cast members then he would stubble.

Britton
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Britton

I didn’t know Walt Disney personally, but he was an artist. Have you met artists? Have you seen some of the Disney imagineers? As an artist, I can tell you, we enjoy expressing ourselves in many ways, including our personal image. When he was alive times were very different. I’d be curious of what he would think now. I can tell you one thing though, from everything I’ve heard of him, he was a great and kind man. I don’t think allowing facial hair or nail polish would upset him.

crystal
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crystal

I remember a time when guests were denied entry because of long hair, mows, beards and their cloths … Their was even a barber shop near the front of the park to get a haircut and a shave for those denied entry so they could enter.

And for Disney people either fans or CM’s man their is a lot of hate in this threads comments.

Bob
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Bob

Every time someone writes the phrase “Walt is turning in his grave,” Walt, Roy and Lillian all turn in their graves…and quite possibly Ub, Fess and Annette also. Walt was also a fan of good writing and proper punctuation, so he definitely wouldn’t have hired you if you turned in a résumé that looked like your post above.

Arcanis
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Arcanis

Walt is dead, therefore, his opinion is no longer of importance

Stephen
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Stephen

The Disney look hasnt been enforced by leadership in over a year. I’ve never seen so many cast members chewing gum, leaning, hands in pockets and talking to each other while ignoring the guests. Total breakdown by the managers.

Elise
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Elise

It makes me really sad that people are upset by this. A necklace and bracelet is not going away from Disney look. Facial hair still has to be cleaned and groomed. Cast members are people too.

Nate
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Nate

Facial hair has to be cleaned and groomed but will they actually enforce it? I doubt it.

Adam
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Adam

You can keep living in your own negative fantasy world but Disney Look is actually very highly enforced behind the scenes. People received notations on their record card very frequently for small things including socks being too short or white instead of black, etc. I actually witnessed a full-time employee get sent home with no promise for pay for that day upon the start of her shift because her hair color was no longer up to Disney Look standards (for context, full-timers are cut a lot more slack because usually they’ve had to significantly work their way up to being… Read more »

Jessica Messica
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Jessica Messica

As a former CM, I never found the dress code all that difficult to follow. I did miss wearing nail polish, but it wasn’t like it was a huge sacrifice. If I did want to paint my nails for a special occasion, I would wait until the day of and then remove it the night before my next shift.

Sean
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Sean

I think this is great!! Since I am a cast member I will be delighted that I no longer need to shave every single day and give myself razor burn or heat bumps. Facial hair has been allowed but those that want to grow out a beard could not do so, because who can grow a full beard in a week, and who is able to take more than a week off at disney? What disney cast member has that much vacation? I think this is a great improvement on disney look!

Hilly
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Hilly

This is completely unrelated to all of the negative comments regarding all the changes WDW is making is causing the decline of the parks. Nope! I can completely understand that people associate the “Disney Look” with WDW 20 years ago, but a company has to change with the times (which includes flexibility on some of these old standards) or else you won’t attract the best employees to want to work in your park. There aren’t many successful companies out there maintaining the exact same set of standards that they did 30 years ago.

Doug
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Doug

Good point, Hilly. If Walt Disney had never changed, we wouldn’t have Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, or Disney World.

Georgia R.
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Georgia R.

Personal opinion here, both male and females can pull off necklaces. So a single necklace for each gender I can understand. A bracelet might be to dangly and become a distraction for the cast member and/or guest. Bracelets are not a good idea. As for facial hair, since only males can grow it, how is that fair to the females? Also, I find any male with facial hair, no matter how well kept, dirty looking and hot. So out of the three, there is only one that has my vote and that is for NECKLACES. Get rid of bracelets and… Read more »

Jessica Messica
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Jessica Messica

There are some tight bracelets, although I do agree that people in food service or those operating machinery should not wear them. I always have a hair tie or 2 on my wrist. In Florida humidity, it’s always nice to have the option to put your hair up. But Disney counted a neutral brown ponytail holder as a “bracelet”.

Awesome Amy
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Awesome Amy

I also find men with facial hair “dirty-looking” and “hot” but probably not for the same reasons you do…
If it’s clean and well-managed, there is absolutely nothing wrong with facial hair on men.
As for how is it fair to females? Who cares! They ain’t got it, they ain’t gotta worry about it.

Amy
Guest
Amy

I mean, Walt himself wore a mustache. Not all men can grow facial hair and many women have to fight it. There are also men who cannot shave every day due to skin sensitivity. Fairness isn’t the issue here. If a cast member is working in a job where a loose bracelet would be a safety issue, I’m sure that will be addressed. But “distracting”? Trim beards and minimal jewelry are considered appropriate and professional in the modern world. If Disney never adjusted their dress codes, men would still be in ties and women in pantyhose. There’s nothing remotely wrong… Read more »

Rowan
Guest
Rowan

As a cast member who worked somewhere with machinery (embroidery sewing machines), I can assure you management told us multiple times that we were not allowed to have anything loose fitting/dangly while working in that area/at those stations. They took it super serious during training; if we had long hair it had to be secured/tied back as not to get caught in the machines. Also, as a CM who worked in a food service adjacent area, we were not allowed to wear rings, watches, nor fingernail polish. Both of these things were checked by management regularly and enforced strictly. If… Read more »

Groucho
Guest
Groucho

Disney doesn’t read fan run unofficial “news” blogs.

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

I can tell you with certainty that they do lol

newty
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newty

So females can’t grow beards Men shouldn’t be allowed to? That’s some hot take there Georgia.

Curt
Guest
Curt

Women can wear skirts…how is that fair to men? Regardless of that, trust me, I have seen plenty of women grow facial hair.

Jessica Messica
Guest
Jessica Messica

No one is stopping you from wearing a skirt

Luis E Garcia
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Luis E Garcia

Girls wear tons of makeup. How is that fair for males?

Mitchell
Guest
Mitchell

Poor Luis is just so fragile.

Moq
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Moq

No one is stopping you from wearing makeup, Luis.

sean
Guest
sean

Honestly I think you need to look at it another way, if being able to have facial hair is not fair to females, then what about ear piercings? men cant have those. Men also cant have nail polish, while we are talking about it men also can not have the extreme hair styles that women can….sooooo i think a being able to grow a beard is fair.

Ashley
Guest
Ashley

I speak from my opinion alone. As a cast member we do have a lot of standards to uphold. I read a comment that said it’s a lot like being in the Army, the exact words stated “We are in Service, but they are wrong. It’s nothing even close to that. We want to be there. Most of us want to be a part of the magic and the memories that Disney creates. The behavior standards are still the same and still hold us to the highest regard. An appearance does not define a person. I personally have always had… Read more »

Claudia
Guest
Claudia

I’m not a fan of the changes. The necklace is fine. Most CMs wear them anyway, they’re just covered. The beards as it is some of them are scraggly looking now. Now they can have it longer?

Bob in Toledo
Guest
Bob in Toledo

How dare you Disney, keeping up with the world. We need to go back when men went to work and women stay in the kitchen. CURSE YOU BOB CHAPEK!!!!

Dianna Shaw
Guest
Dianna Shaw

I like it! A little individualism within the “classic look” parameters helps create a more inclusive atmosphere for everyone. When I visit, I expect happy, helpful, knowledgeable cast members – I truly don’t care if they wear jewelry or have facial hair as long as they help create the Disney magic.

Michael
Guest
Michael

Would rather have workers have a clean look… No beards..

Marie
Guest
Marie

Then dont come anymore…

Michael
Guest
Michael

Oh and the workers are much more sassy than in the past… But that is probably accepted now too…

Mickey Mouse
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Mickey Mouse

They’re probably sassier because people don’t like to listen to the rules just because people pay for an annual pass or a ticket that doesn’t mean you’re the owner of the park you still have to follow the rules that managers tell the cast members to push onto the guest but not all guest listen and I’m quit sure you have children the. You should understand the frustration of dealing with children who don’t listen.

Randy
Guest
Randy

Eh. If a guest comes at me hot headed and cussing and screaming. I’m holding my ground. Ain’t no one got the right to belittle others like some guests do.

No one cares
Guest
No one cares

and guest are being ahole’s now but hey i guess thats accepted now too. hey Mikey do us a favor get the heck out

newty
Guest
newty

Yeah much more sassy IE: we respond now instead of rewarding bad behavior with an Ice Cream Bar :)

John aimar
Guest
John aimar

Men should be allow to twist their hair instead of the breading only. Why only those whom beard can reach the mustache are allow to have beard??? Disney have a lot of changes bt they are for a very specific group of ppl. Like the beard thing it’s either you allow everyone to have beard or not at all. Limitations to certain ppl is not roght we all different. Some of us have a lot ofnhair some don’t.