Post # 1
I was at the hairdresser this past Friday getting my first ever Keratin treatment in advance of the big day. It went awesome by the way.
Now I always get confused about tipping at the hairdresser. Everything I’ve read says to tip 15-20% like at a restaurant. The cost was $300 and I had a $20 coupon so it was down to $280. So I gave a $60 tip.
My mom thinks I tipped too much. She thinks a $40 tip would have been adequate. I should add that my mom is a hairdresser also and she thinks tipping has gotten out of control.
Now the hairdresser had offered to give me a complimentary shampoo tomorrow which I wasn’t sure if I was going to do. You have to go three days without washing your hair after a Keratin treatment and it would be going 4+. My mom says because I tipped so much she would definitely try to do it and that a tip wouldn’t be necessary because I tipped so much on Friday and it was complimentary.
What are your thoughts? Would you tip for the shampoo? I feel really weird about not tipping for something and I don’t want to look bad but I know that 20%, especially on an expensive service is a good tip.
Post # 3
Huh, your Mom is a hairdresser and she’s saying you should give less tip to another hard-working hairdresser… that certainly is a “twist” on things for me.
The rule of thumb (Etiquette) for Hairdressers & Beauticians is 15% to 20% BEFORE Taxes (and BEFORE you take off any applicable Discounts / Coupons etc). So ya, you might have given the top end of the tip scale… (20% of $ 300 = $ 60) but I don’t think you grossly overtipped, as your Mom seems to be stating. Lots of folks tip 20% for good to great service.
On the otherhand, a lot of Tipping Guidelines say you don’t have to tip a salon owner at all… but I honestly know NO ONE who does that… everyone seems to tip just the same… afterall if you are like me you are very very happy that you snagged an appointment with the owner (more experience) and feel that you got a better job done for you
As for the upcoming service… you need to figure out what the going rate would be for that full-service item, and tip accordingly (15% to 20% as YOU see fit… not what your Mom thinks, afterall it is YOU getting the service not her)
Post # 4
I tip my hairdresser 25% everytime.. I’ve been going to her for over 11 years now.
In general, in the service industry, 20% is standard for good service. I tip anywhere between 20-30% if the service is good… on the higher end if it’s excellent.
I would consider 15% as “just okay”.
Post # 5
I think you tipped perfectly. I always tip at least 20% (before discounts).
Post # 6
I tip my stylist 37% haha. My wash/cut/style is $27 and I give her $10. Anything else it’s usually 20%, I think?
But yes, I agree with pps, you base your tip on the cost of the full service. I’ve had the keratin straightening and a different straightening (the keratin one was awful) and tipped 25% each time. I had a groupon for the second one, so it was $79 from $200, but I tipped on the $200.
Post # 7
15% is regular. 20% is if the service was above and beyond, and 10% if it sucked.
Post # 8
I usually tip 20%+. When I get a cut/color/style, it comes out to $80 so I just hand over $100.
When I was in college and getting my hair cut at a cheap chain locale, I only tipped 10-15% since they didn’t spend a whole lot of time/effort in cutting my hair (they just wet and cut, no shampoo or blow dry or style, which is how I justify this).