(Closed) How much do you tip at a hair salon?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: How much do you tip?

    10%

    15%

    20%

    More than 20%

    I don't tip

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  • Post # 62
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

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    @Andthepupmakes3:  i seriously get my highlights done once every 5-6 months. i’m a natural blonde so my roots aren’t noticeable but it’s not like i’m going every 6 weeks. i try to be as cheap as possible because i HATE dropping hundreds of dollars on my hair. i really can’t afford it… first world problems, i know.

     

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    @hayleyelizabeth:  thank you, i feel better. i will be more cognizant of the percentage that is for sure. i want her to know i appreciate her and i know how hard she works but i’m not a venture capitalist over here! i’m poor! haha.

     

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    @letigre:  time for a new salon for you, for sure. go see my girl north of toronto 🙂

     

    Post # 63
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

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    @polyblonde:  also, just want to add… if you’re paying $500+ every 3 months you obviously don’t have any financial issues! some of us aren’t so lucky unfortunately.

    Post # 64
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 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. 

    Post # 65
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @mu_t:  I’m totally with you, I always thought I tipped generously but apparently not! The comparison to waitresses brings up a fair point – are hair stylists also paid below minimum wage? Because in my mind, that truly does make a difference regarding what is a “fair” tip.

    Post # 66
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    @mu_t:  I see where you are coming from, but it’s definitely not fair to assume we don’t have ANY financial issues because I’m able to spend this amount on hair. We keep a budget and spend on what is important to us. I am a bit of a beauty product/service addict so yeah, i spend a lot on stuff like this but I enjoy it. If priorities were to shift then maybe I would have to adjust this habit — because I can afford it now does not mean I have NO constraints or issues with $$ and therefore my opinion on this is less valid.

    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.

    Post # 67
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

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    @polyblonde:  it wasn’t a criticism of you, your lifestyle or your opinion at all. sorry if you took it that way! i was simply saying i could never in a million years afford extensions every three months because i can barely afford my CURRENT hair needs.

    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.

    Post # 68
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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. 

    Post # 69
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    20% on cost of service I don’t include product, if I happen to buy it, in the total I base the 20% on.

    Post # 70
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    @mu_t:  No worries!! I understand more now where you are coming from, and I didn’t mean to come across super defensive. 🙂

    Post # 71
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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%.

    Post # 73
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

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    @legenwaitforitdary:  Some places don’t allow it.

    Post # 74
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    Buzzing bee

    @legenwaitforitdary:  

     

    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. 

    Post # 76
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I love my stylist and the least I tip is 20% usually more like 30%

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