(Closed) tipping for hair/nails

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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1816 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Usually between 15-20% for either service

Post # 4
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2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I tip 15-20% of the total no matter what the service is.  I do the same at restaurants as well.

Post # 5
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1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I usually do 18-20%.  I’m a little confused for what to do for my wedding hair though…  Our best man’s wife is doing my hair, and since she won’t be doing it as the employee of a salon (she’ll be doing my hair in my hotel room), she will be able to pocket all of the money at the end of the day.  Do I still tip in that case?

Post # 6
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I usually round it out to about 20%. I get my nails filled–$15, i just give her a $5. If she replaces the set ($25), i give her a $5

Post # 8
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2058 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

When I go out to eat I use the 15-20% but not on these services. 

I have fake nails – my fills are $17 I give my gal $21.  My cut + color is $130 and I give my gal $145. She rents her station at the salon, I don’t pay the salon then tip her. 

Post # 9
Hostess
18623 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I tip 15-20% on everything.  Maybe I give too much?

Post # 10
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would not feel ok tipping less than 15-20% for a service that she didn’t mess up. Same for eating out.

Post # 11
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4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I usually tip 20%, but I’ve also heard that it’s okay to tip 10% on hair/nails. I don’t think I would do that with someone I saw regularly, though.

Post # 12
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14750 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I tip 20% on everything (at least)  but I have a super wonderful hair guy that I tip much more as he makes my hair look like a models hair and his color skills are unmatched.  I don’t know what I will do when he goes to work for revlon or whoever he is going to work for.

Post # 13
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1111 posts
Bumble bee

I’m used to being charged out the ears for my hair, so if I’m charged what I think is fair, then I will tip about 20%.  Otherwise, it is maybe 10-15%.

I once tipped someone 50%, because she charged me half of what the going price was because she wasn’t familiar with my type of hair (most people add 50% for that!), and I felt she did a darn good job.

Post # 14
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1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I always wonder this. I know that you are not supposed to tip the salon owner if they do your hair but here is my situation….

The lady who does my hair has her own salon, but she is the only person in there. No other stylists. Do I tip her?

Post # 15
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

From a stylist’s perspective as far as tip goes, obviously no set amount or percent is ever expected because as we can all see in the comments, everyone tips differently!

I’d say on average though, most people tipped me 15-20%. Again, that’s on average, though I always had those few people that would only tip $2-5 no matter what service they were getting – I have to say, when you spend 2 hours coloring/highlighting/cutting someone’s hair, it’s kind of offensive to receive something like that (it’s funny though, those are the clients that come back to you for years!) I also had people tip me very generously (I had a regular client that tipped me $40 on a $60 color every 6 weeks) which always made me happy.

Just keep in mind that if the stylist is an employee, they are splitting what they bring in with the salon, usually 50/50 and have to claim their tips AND pay taxes on them. If they are renting space, they are probably paying at least $800/month to be there and have to buy all their own products. If they are the owner, they have a lot of overhead and are not pocketing everything they bring in. So no matter what, your stylist does not make what you pay for their services. I guess what I’m trying to say is that good tips are never expected but always appreciated!

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