(Closed) To tip or not to tip…that is the question.

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Are they self employed freelancers, or employees of a company?

If they own and operate their own business, then there’s no need to tip. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes, tipping is standard when it comes to hair and makeup artists. In a salon, most people in my area tip between 15-20%, which I think is what the expected tip is for wedding hair and makeup as well.

 

There are some really helpful tipping guides online! Here’s one I referred to: 

EDIT: Here’s a link to one I actually saved a few months back! Refers to owner operated and employees as well. http://iloveswmag.com/newblog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/tipping-at-your-wedding.jpg

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Etiquette Snob here… lol

The Rule of Thumb is…

IF you are in North America, then those in the Service Industries are to be tipped.

The EXCEPTION is if they own the Company… as Owners will get more of the profits than hourly employees.

IF it is an Owner, and they do an EXCEPTIONAL JOB for you (or lol, when it comes to Hair Dressers, Make Up Artists, Estheticians etc… and you wish to keep them around) then you tip.

The norm in the USA is 15% to 20% on the total bill.

In Canada the norm is 15% on the pre-tax total.

Hope this helps,

PS… You are no doubt paying a SURCHARGE for their services because they are coming to you.  Your choice.

 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@This Time Round:  

Normally for my hairdresser I would tip about 20%.  I am paying for my hair and the 2 flowergirls hair. She is charging me $150 for travel fee for her and her assistant. Do I still tip the full 20%?

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@cynthern:  I never even thought of if  should tip for the trial. I have hair and makeup trials coming up. I am curious to see the replies regarding tipping for the trials. Thought of the top of my head is no- but this could be completely wrong. Some places have the trial included in the price- but my hair and makeup people have an extra fee. Ex. Makeup is $120 day of, $80 for trial.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Need more info.

You and 2 Flower Girls for Hair

Plus $ 150 Travel Fee (or was that $ 150 x 2)

Plus an Assistant ?

And she owns the company (as you mentioned the assistant)

Sorry… I am still a tad confused.

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@This Time Round:  Sorry! I am paying for travel feel ($150) for her and her assistant to come to the hotel where we are all staying. She is the owner, and will be doing my hair ($50). I am paying for the two flowergirls hair ($50×2). Also doing a trial which is another $50. Do you tip fo trials as well?

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Thanks for the info.

Ok… First and foremost… never a need to tip on a line item such as Travel (their extra costs are built into that)

Secondly… as she is the Owner… no real need to tip at all … (go back and see my OP with Reply # 4)

BUT if she is your regular Hair Dresser, and you LOVE her and want to keep her, then I’d be tipping the norm on just the hair portion

And yes that would include, the Flower Girls, Yourself, and the Hair Trial.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Wow..I was wondering the same thing earlier today! I read that if the trial is free, then it is recommended to tip.

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