How Much Do You Tip At Hair Salon?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I tip my stylist 33% ($10 on $30). 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I normally tip about $10 for my cut/partial highlights at a salon. I’m sorry but I’m paying 100+ bucks for something that I know can be done for way less (my friend does my hair for $40 out of her home and it looks just as good, if not better, than the expensive salon). Thankfully my friend who normally does my hair moved back home so I no longer go to the salon. And I always throw in some extra for her even though she laughs at me everytime.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been going to the same girl for years, and she works at a cheap salon. I don’t get color treated or anything, just a cut, which only costs $15 and takes about 10 minutes, so I tip her $5 on those days. If I get a more drastic cut, she usually styles it for me w/out upcharging since I’m a loyal client, and so on those days I tip her $10 on a $15 bill, but I’m still only paying $25 so it’s no biggie. I also give her like thirty bucks around Christmas.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I usually tip $20 on my $70 haircuts, so I guess that is almost 30%. I usually just don’t have change.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree if your salon bill is $30 I would tip the stylist $10.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I see the owner of the hair salon I go to. It’s not a booth rental salon, all her employees receive healthcare and 401k benefits. My hair costs $175 and I tip her $35 (20%) and an additional $5 if someone else does the shampoo (to that person). If I were seeing someone else besides the owner I would probably tip them 25%. I appreciate the quality of the work, products they use and how nicely kept the salon is. I also tip an additional $20 and a bottle of wine at Christmas. I think you should tip any stylist who is providing a service if you want to continue to receive the best service possible.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Good grief you ladies have expensive hair! I guess I do too, but I’m cheap. I only give $10 :-

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I always give 20%. I think that 15-20% is pretty standard in my area. I think I might give more when it is cheaper (like a $50 hair cut I give $15)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I tip about 30%, but my stylist always makes me look and feel freaking awesome 🙂

ETA: I do see the salon owner.  Not sure if this matters.  But it’s not a junior stylist.  She’s very, very good.  Well worth the insane price tag for a cut/color (still not use to the price of things in New England sometimes!)

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I’m a stylist, and I cannot tell you how much we rely on tips. In most cases, stylists work on a strictly commission based pay and we give anywhere from 40-50% of our total to the salon. Not to mention we pay for our own products, we have to pay fees for the amount of color product we use, and of course taxes! You factor all that in, we can make great money, but yes, tips are a BIG part of our income. With chair rentals, usually the stylist keeps all the money, BUT has to pay a chair rental fee which can be up to $700 a month and has to provide their own product. Again, tips are a BIG part of our income. Technically, you don’t have to tip the owner because they make a percentage of all the stylists total income, but it’s still is a nice gesture. Trust me, tips not only help us out financially, but it also helps YOU out- I remember who the big tippers and good clients are, and they are the ones I will bend over backwards for. They are the ones that I will comp or discount services or give them a free product for Christmas. I will also squeeze them in for emergency appointments or stay late for them. The sh*tty tippers? I will remember you even more and I probably will phase you out to make room for better clients.

 

As for tip amounts, I receive anywhere from 15-40%.

 

Just a perspective from a stylist 🙂

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Wow, we don’t tip hairdressers in au…not in the places I’ve lived anyway! Amazing how different countries can seem like different planets at times!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The salon I go to is a chair rental place (as is everywhere in my state as I understand) so for a wash/cut/quick style it costs me $35. I tip $5 to bring it up to $40.

I admit I might undertip but really, my hair is a breeze to work with (aside from the 45min it takes to dry it, but at that point she sits me under a rotating dryer and takes a break).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Haircuts in my area (except at super cheap places) are pricey- $65+.  I usually tip 20%, often rounded up to the next 5.  I also give $5 to the person who washes my hair if the stylist doesn’t do it.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@HeatherD16:  What percentage would you recommend?  My bill can come out to $190 and I just can’t afford 30%.

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