Tipping for a haircut- how much, and when?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
Member
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I give it to them after I pay. I either directly hand it to them or leave it with the front desk person to give it to them.

As for how much it depends. Did I love the cut? How long have I been going to this person? Do I plan to go back? Tipping well at a salon can get you great service in the future (fitting you in during a busy day, them curling your hair for a nice night out for no charge etc)

Recently my hair cut was $56.  I loved the hair cut and she was really great. She didnt rush, she was chatty, but not overbearing. I will 100% be going back to her without a doubt.   I think I gave her $15. 

 

 

Post # 4
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1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@red_rose:  Yes, you’re supposed to tip.  I tip 20%.  I either write it in on the credit card slip, hand them cash when I get up from the chair, or leave it with the receptionist to give to them.

Post # 5
Member
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I always tip 20%. I hand it to my stylist directly while I’m paying.

Post # 6
Member
2851 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I generally tip 20% after I pay or add it to the total.

Post # 7
Member
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I tip about 30% (because I love my stylist), in the form of either cash or check directly to the stylist (or handed to the receptionist). My salon does not allow tips on credit cards.

Post # 8
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@red_rose:  I tip at the time of payment and usually 25% as I have been going to my stylist for years…and she is amazing.

For a new stylist I would tip no less than 15%, probably more like 20%.

Post # 9
Member
9220 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I tip 25%-30% and give it directly to my stylist in cash or added to the check.

Post # 10
Member
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I now feel cheap. I usually tip my girl about $10 plus a Starbucks coffee as I come in. Is that way too little?

Post # 11
Member
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@red_pepper_gal:  depends on the cost of the haircut. If its a $40 haircut, def not. If it is a $80 haircut, yes I think its too little.

Post # 12
Member
186 posts
Blushing bee

My haircut and color is $90 and I tip my hairdresser $25. She’s a great girl and we always have a fun time chatting while I get my hair done, plus I always leave her chair with my hair looking lovely.

Post # 13
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3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes, you should tip 20% and also tip the person who washes your hair a few dollars.  Often the salon has small envelopes at the front desk you can use to put your tip in and they give it to the proper people.

My haircut is $80 and I tip $20.  I give the girl who washes my hair $5 

 

Post # 14
Member
4215 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

15-20%. I cut it when they start adding extra services I didn’t ask for, cut off more than I asked for, or the price of what I’m getting done creeps up over time. 

Post # 15
Member
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got my hair cut and colored for $95 last night.  Gave the receptionist a $20 for my stylist.  I try to tip with cash as much as possible.  It doesn’t cost me any more but it’s easier for them to deal with and they can either report the income or not – not my issue.  🙂

Post # 16
Member
958 posts
Busy bee

I just got my hair cut at my usual place, and for the first time EVER, I did not leave a tip.  (I usually tip 20-30%, at the time of payment.)

The girl who started out cutting my hair got sick part-way through, and had to go home. That’s fine, I felt terrible for her, and I really hope she made it home safely and feels better soon.  The salon then had not one, but TWO different girls finish my appointment,  because their schedule was pretty full.  I had asked for a just-above-jaw-length inverted bob with an undercut in the back.  I ended up with a pixie cut, with my ears totally exposed, and the back of my head completely shaved to way above my occipital (NOT an undercut).  So no, I did not tip on that $70 haircut that turned out not at ALL how I had requested.  Not only did I not know, by the end, who I should tip, but I was so angry when I left the salon with my hair over four inches shorter than I had asked for that I’m not sure if I’ll even go back again, and I’ve been a customer there for years!t

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