Do I tip my hair stylist even if I'm paying a travel fee?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Of course. They are two different things. A travel fee is to cover her cost of travel. A tip is a thank you for doing a good job.

 

 

Post # 4
Hostess
2920 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I personally would take that into consideration when tipping. Just like a delivery fee for pizza. I assume a portion of that goes to the delivery boy, therefore, I would not tip as much.  I think 28% is a lot. I would not tip 20% in this case, maybe 15%

Post # 5
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23 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My MUA is charging me $30 to go not even a mile- and I’m sure I’ll have to pay for her parking too-ugh. I’m in San Francisco so stuff is really expensive here but I’m def taking this into consideration when I tip her. 

Post # 6
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1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

Saying “Well, it already costs a lot!” as justification for not tipping is absurd. This is her job, she has expenses, and that shouldn’t factor into whether or not she gets gratuity. That would be like your boss saying “Ok, I’m taking 5% off your annual salary because we’re already supplying you with all the pens and notebooks you need for work. Fair is fair, right?”

I would tip whatever you think is an appropriate amount regardless of other costs. 20% is generally fine. More if she does a fantastic job or shows up in a snowstorm.

Post # 7
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430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

If she owns her own business than you dont have to tip at all since she gets 100% of the profits.  If she works for a salon than yes you definately have to tip! I know it sucks though!

Post # 8
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265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

  diana.lau.716:  OUCH 28% travel cost? I do not think I would have hired her… lol

 

Tip should depend on how satisfied you are with the job she does.

Post # 9
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1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

diana.lau.716:  Yes, you absolutely should still tip. What people don’t seem to understand is that a travel cost isn’t only to cover things like gas and vehicle mileage; it’s to cover the fact that the stylist is likely taking the day off from work at her/his salon in order to travel to your event – and therefore she/he needs to be guaranteed a certain amount of money to make up for that fact.

There are stylists at the salon I work at (sadly I am not one of them yet!) who easily make $1500+ on an average Saturday. If they take all or part of that day off to style an event, it needs to be worth their while financially.

Post # 10
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

applecat:  This exactly.  My usual hairstylist (in Washington, DC) told me how she won’t do weddings for less than $1,000 total because that’s how much business she’s usually giving up on a busy Saturday.  She told me that she’s glad I’m not getting married here because she would want to do my hair but she would feel awful charging so much since my hair is chin-length haha. 

Post # 11
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864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

yes you should absolutely still tip! a tip is a gratuity; a travel fee is to cover not only the cost of travel (gas, wear and tear on car, etc), but it covers the fact that you get her prime time attention. she’s missing her usual time in a salon with clients to come to your event so she needs to be compensated for her time, and tipped.

Post # 12
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1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

brew_bee:  That’s a great point. Most stylists aren’t JUST doing outcalls to weddings, they also have normal clients who need their attention. They have to cover their loss of income.

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