Post # 1
My MUA/hair stylist owns her own business (works solo) and will be traveling to my reception site to do hair and makeup services for my bridal party (6 total, only 1 getting makeup though), me, officiant(friend) and my mother. She is charging a travel fee, and is also bringing an assistant which will cost me an additional $50/hr. Total cost will be around $1500 (ahhh!).
Question is, do I tip her? When I go to the salon I typically tip 20% but if I tip 20% that would be $300! I don’t really see why I should have to tip if she is getting 100% of the profit, and is having me pay for bringing an assistant as well…..but I don’t want to be rude.
What is the correct thing to do here?
Post # 3
You generally don’t tip the owner of a business.
Post # 4
@hollyberry4: Although @abbylyn: technically is correct, this seems to be changing in the salon world. I think the fact that you regularly have been tipping your stylist for services provided at the salon suggests that you should tip her at least that percentage when she travels to perform the services for your wedding. This is especially true since she is bringing an assistant, who also will need to be tipped.
Post # 5
@Brielle: Thanks Brielle! This stylist is not my regular stylist, but I did use her for the trial (and tip her). Do you think I need to tip the assistant even though I am paying an extra $50/hr for her to be there?
I’m thinking of tipping the stylist $50. Does that seem appropriate?
Post # 6
@hollyberry4: It IS possible that the tip for the assistant is already IN her rate, and that could be the case for the owner as well. What I would do is contact the owner and ask her if the assistant’s tip is already included in the total price you were given. If she says yes, then you won’t need to worry about anything extra for her. That also may open the door for you to ask about whether this is the case for the owner as well.