(Closed) Do you ALWAYS tip 20% – or does it depend on how much you spend? (Salons)

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you always tip 20% or does it depend on the amount you spend?

    Always 20%

    If it's over $500 I have a set amount I tip

    I never tip 20%

  • Post # 16
    2803 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I would consider 15 to 20% standard for normal services. In this case, I think you should base it on how long it takes rather than the amount. I highly doubt they would expect a $150 tip.

    Post # 19
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    laurennicole90:  That is true! For a $300-500 service yes I’d tip more, I didn’t read that correctly! That sucks that you are hourly, I’d rather be paying my stylist directly for their services instead of the salon.

    Post # 20
    2141 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    im guessing this is american but…

    I pretty much never tip because we are well below the low income mark ourselves so if the work for a chain I can garantee they have more money than me to begin with and 20% is really quite high amount on bigger spends like you’ve mentioned

    ive never heard of tipping a stylist and it would never even cross my mind to think of that, I dye my own hair and rarely get it cut (my stylist only cost £9 for a 10 minute trim every 3-6 months so a 20% tip would be rediculously small and not really worth it anyway at only £1.80… thats what the price of a can of pop, its not like she could live off it or treat herself lol)

    its an american thing to tip but its not really done here because we have suitable wage laws so people dont need tips to live on like they apparently do in america plus low incomes get top-up working tax benefits which evens out pay gaps

    Post # 21
    1837 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I just always do about 20 percent. I say “about” because if 18 percent were a more even number, like say 18 percent came out to $50 or something and I had two 20s and a 10 in my wallet, I’d just do that rather than 20 percent. But yeah, I try to stay at about 20 percent for salon services, even if it is a big bill (as some PPs have pointed out, those expensive services are often time intensive and the stylist can’t double-book). 

    Post # 22
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Since it’s a 5-hour job, I would tip $150. That’s only $30 per hour, and at a high-end salon, they could easily make more than that if they booked five hours of other jobs.

    Post # 23
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    MrsMGE2017:  I don’t know, if you went to an expensive restaurant, would you give the wait staff less of a tip? There’s something off-putting to me about choosing not to tip as much because you went to an expensive place. The tip is part of the cost of the experience, IMO.

    Post # 24
    1932 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Location is a HUGE factor.

    When I lived in Fort McMurray, a tip was automatically added and you were “expected” to tip on top of that. It’s a small place so if you don’t tip to the worker’s satifcationo they will get too “busy” to see you and when there’s only 1 salon and 1 nail tech within a 5 h radius you learn this quickly!

    In Ontario, I DO try to factor a nice 20-25% in as much as possible, but if I can’t afford it I can’t afford it. i’m not going to not get something done for myself because it’s not within my budget to tip. I’ll try to hold off on services so I CAN tip, but like I said I won’t go without just so I can.

    Post # 25
    4567 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    peridot456: I agree! I live in HCOLA and go to a reputable salon, so I know every time I get my hair done, it’s going to be expensive. My stylist is awesome and does beautiful work; I do not think it would be fair to give her less of a tip just because the salon charges more (it’s downtown in a high rent area, I’m sure their overhead isn’t cheap).

    If I can’t afford the extra 20%, I can’t afford the service. I feel this way about dining out as well. I hate when people say “our bill was expensive so we couldn’t leave a tip!” No, you stiffed your waiter like a jerk because you ate at a restaurant you couldn’t afford. I would pay the $150 tip.

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