(Closed) Hairstylist Tipping

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Huh, your Mom is a hairdresser and she’s saying you should give less tip to another hard-working hairdresser… that certainly is a “twist” on things for me.

The rule of thumb (Etiquette) for Hairdressers & Beauticians is 15% to 20% BEFORE Taxes (and BEFORE you take off any applicable Discounts / Coupons etc).  So ya, you might have given the top end of the tip scale… (20% of $ 300 = $ 60) but I don’t think you grossly overtipped, as your Mom seems to be stating.  Lots of folks tip 20% for good to great service.

On the otherhand, a lot of Tipping Guidelines say you don’t have to tip a salon owner at all… but I honestly know NO ONE who does that… everyone seems to tip just the same… afterall if you are like me you are very very happy that you snagged an appointment with the owner (more experience) and feel that you got a better job done for you

As for the upcoming service… you need to figure out what the going rate would be for that full-service item, and tip accordingly (15% to 20% as YOU see fit… not what your Mom thinks, afterall it is YOU getting the service not her)


Post # 4
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I tip my hairdresser 25% everytime.. I’ve been going to her for over 11 years now.

In general, in the service industry, 20% is standard for good service. I tip anywhere between 20-30% if the service is good… on the higher end if it’s excellent.

I would consider 15% as “just okay”.

Post # 5
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you tipped perfectly. I always tip at least 20% (before discounts). 

Post # 6
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I tip my stylist 37% haha. My wash/cut/style is $27 and I give her $10. Anything else it’s usually 20%, I think? 

But yes, I agree with pps, you base your tip on the cost of the full service. I’ve had the keratin straightening and a different straightening (the keratin one was awful) and tipped 25% each time. I had a groupon for the second one, so it was $79 from $200, but I tipped on the $200.

Post # 7
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

15% is regular. 20% is if the service was above and beyond, and 10% if it sucked.

Post # 8
1306 posts
Bumble bee

I usually tip 20%+.  When I get a cut/color/style, it comes out to $80 so I just hand over $100.

When I was in college and getting my hair cut at a cheap chain locale, I only tipped 10-15% since they didn’t spend a whole lot of time/effort in cutting my hair (they just wet and cut, no shampoo or blow dry or style, which is how I justify this).

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