- 7 years ago
- Wedding: February 2014
I tip $60 for a cut and color. I’ve been going to the same woman for over 10 years and I don’t go all that often. Plus, I have really long hair and I like my highlights done a certain way and it is a lot of work so I make sure she knows I appreciate her taking her time and getting it right. She could fit in two appointments in the time it takes her to do mine. The way I look at it, you don’t f**k around with someone who cuts and colors your hair. At Christmas she gets more. Basically, she’s just the best and she has bumped other clients for me in a pinch.
The point was I can still appreciate tipping a full 20% when it’s deserved despite paying a high amount. Some posters were justifying not tipping well or at all because they already felt they had paid a lot for the service.
Hair stylists are becoming higher and higher caliber professionals these days — many of them go to incredibly expensive schools and work very hard for many years building the reputation and skill set needed to charge a good amount for a service. Many also do regular continued education that costs them both time and money, and as some others said, they are devoting their full attention to you and often go the extra mile to be friendly and create a luxury “experience.”
All that said, there are ranges of pricing and I stand by agreeing with the poster that said one shouldn’t go to a higher end place or enlist the services of a high caliber professional without expecting to pay properly, which in my personal opinion, includes a proper tip. ANd yes, that definitely can make it pricey. Obviously opinions on this vary, that’s just mine.
i don’t go to a high end salon. the place i go is insanely mid-range… when i lived in the city i commuted to this place an hour north because prices in the city were just too much. i get my hair done like 2x a year because it’s all i can afford. paying more than i already do would be a struggle for me.
i am all for someone being compensated for their work. i’ve said multiple times in this thread i feel HORRIBLY that i haven’t been tipping my girl what is considered “well”. it’s not like i’m going to the BEST salon in Toronto every 6 weeks and paying $250 for services and then not tipping at all. i just genuinely believed i was tipping well and this thread has made me reevaluate that.
My haircut is now $40 and I give her a $10 tip. Cut + color is a little over $100 and I give her a $20, so I guess that’s a little less than 20%, but it’s always more rushed since she gets scheduled more people for while I sit under the damn dryer.
20% on cost of service I don’t include product, if I happen to buy it, in the total I base the 20% on.
I voted 20% but after doing the math apparently I tip my girl 25%. Thankfully she is really reasonably priced so for a cut and color 20.00 is 25%.
Thanks for the input ladies! I’ll stick with 20%!
I tip a minimum of 20%. If they do a knock-out job, I tip 30-40%.
Admittedly, I tend to over-tip because it’s how I was brought up — where I come from, it’s considered extremely bad form to leave a cheap tip. Being clueless is not an excuse, IMO.
I feel sorry for waiters, hair stylists and bartenders who get these cheesy 10% tips. Who does that?!
If you can’t afford to tip properly, or if you find yourself freaking out when you calculate what 15-20% adds up to — you need to go home and cut your own hair or color it yourself. Don’t ask people to perform services for you when you know they are working for tips and depend on tips for their livelihood. Period!
Don’t even set foot in the door of a salon if you don’t know how much your services will cost and whether you can afford to give an appropriate tip for the service.
I guess I’m just shocked at the number of PPs who are saying “I’m already spending XX amount on my hair, I can’t imagine what it would cost if I added 20% on to that.”
This has nothing to do with whether you’re going for a $20 haircut at a beauty college or a $250 coloring service at an upscale salon.
It’s about basic manners. Yea gods, people.
I love my stylist and the least I tip is 20% usually more like 30%
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