(Closed) Do I really have to tip her too?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I would tip them. I know this is under the table and not going through the salon, but they are working and coming out to your house. That’s something salons usually charge for I think. So, yes, I would tip them.

Post # 4
2641 posts
Sugar bee

I like this question.  I’d be intersted in hearing what others think.  My gut would say to tip her.  (Although I totally hear where you’re coming from.)  I say that because, I’m so used to tipping for hair, that I don’t think it would occur to me to not tip.

While I’m sure some of the costs of the do goes toward the styling products, hair pins and the like, you’re right the rest goes straight to her. 

IDK, maybe you can tip her les than you would normally tip at the salon??

Post # 5
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

What if you tip only on the portion of the service on yourself and leave it up to the other girls to tip on their own if they choose to. Would that ease the budget constraint? THe rule usually is that if the $ is going straight to the service provider, no tip is necessary. Providing the service on-location usually also requires an on-location fee so I assume it’s included in the price she quoted you. Just because somebody is going on-location doesn’t mean that you’re require to tip them but it is a nice gesture, especially if you’re happy with their work.

Post # 6
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hmm.. I’ve heard that if the proprieter is the one providing the services (as in owned and operated by one person) you don’t tip them. I still feel uncomfortable with that and would probably tip. I actually tried not to tip my sisters hairstylist because she did a TERRIBLE job, but she wouldn’t give me my change! I’m takling terrible job, like it looked really bad and fell out within 1/2 hour because she didn’t use enough bobby pins and hairspray and it took her less than 10 minutes to style. She also did my makeup an dused drugstore brand tinted moisterizer that was orange on my face and I had to put my own christian dior foundation on top of it! It was an awkward situation and I just let it go.

Post # 8
5758 posts
Bee Keeper

I think you should tip no matter what. We had both a hairstylist and makeup artist travel an hour and a half for the weddings,and we both paid for each plus tips, plus they were invited to the weddings (both accepted). The makeup person refused the tip,but my daughter found a way to put it in her purse anyway. 🙂

Post # 9
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i would tip if she went above and beyond, had a great attitude, showed up early, re-does something someone doesnt like etc. but if the job she does is just basic and no extras, then keep with the policy that she is the “proprieter” being that she is doing it under the table.

if budget doesnt let you tip but you want to, send her a thank you after the wedding with a gift card somewhere or a check.

Post # 10
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It’s an interesting question. I would pay her more than she asked for, but not 30%.

Post # 11
2867 posts
Sugar bee

I would tip her.

Post # 12
365 posts
Helper bee

I don’t think you should, she’s getting a cash under the table job from you anyway, so it’s already a tax free perk job.


But then again, what would I know about tipping.  I got yelled at in Europe for not tipping once. -_-  We just don’t tip here.

Post # 13
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I would not have planned to tip if she quoted a price, I would have assume that is what she expected. However, I may round up. Like if she quoted $35 I’d most likely pay $40 unless I was unhappy. My hair dresser is the salon owner and while the rule is not to tip the owner, when my haircut costs $22, he gets the other $3 to make $25. I know this is a small tip but I feel like nothing is awkard and he is the owner which aparently dictates no tip. In this case, she is self employed and dictated her price so I would assume a tip is not expected, especially if you invite her to stay for the wedding.

Post # 14
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

What about giving the 2 girls that come out a small gift?  It’s a way to say thanks without adding another 20% to your bottomline.  My 2 cousins who own a salon are coming out to do our hair.  They’re not charging me and callling it my wedding gift (charging each other girl $50, so my 2 adult cousins are together giving me a $50 wedding gift….yeah….) and I’ve been up in the air what to do about tipping.  I’m providing everyone brunch for the 3-4 hrs it’ll take to do 8 heads, and I think I’ll toss them each a charm necklace and call it a day.  There was a salon nearby I could have gone to that would have fed us for free AND only charged $40 PLUS could have done makeup for $25 that I nixed in favor of my cousins.  Going with them has already cost me more,I’m not tipping on top of it.

Post # 15
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would probably tip her, but that’s me–I’ve been a waitress for years before and I know I depended on tips! It doesn’t have to be outrageous, just a little extra “thank you” for a job well done. 

Post # 16
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would tip her, but not 20% like I usually would. Just like an extra $5, so if the haircut was $40, she would get $45.

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