(Closed) If you tip low, how correct it?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
46670 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Your tip was perfeectly adequate.

To figure out 15% , I calculate 10%- that’s quick and easy-$14.50, the add 1/2 of that again to make up the other 5%-$7.25. Total tip $21.75.

Close enough.

Post # 4
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hey, not sure where you live or anything, but I usually tip anywhere from $10-$15..One of my very best friends is a hair dresser and she told me that nowadays, a lot of people add their tip IN with the price they tell you they are charging, just because a lot of people don’t tip…which confused me even more! I was like “so, should I NOT give extra than what I’m told the price is, how do I know if they added in their tip already…I dont want to tip TWICE” But never the less, I usually do 10-15..I think what you left her was perfectly fine!

Post # 5
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Tipping makes me nervous too, which is why I usually just ask straight out if what I’m giving them is good.  They usually say yes (sometimes they say “this is more than I usually get” and I’m good with that, except now they’ll expect so much every time) but I imagine if it was a really pathetic tip the fact that I asked would make them honest enough to ask for more.  Except at restaurants.  My fiance got tired of me overtipping servers so he always handles the bill when we eat out.

FYI: I think $20 is probably okay for a $150 do, but it is less than 15%.  They won’t think you’re cheap, but you’re not Oprah, either.  I guess what’s “normal” could depend on the type of salon and city you live in, so you’d have to go by that.  Seriously, though, you’re fine.

Post # 6
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think for hair care, 10-15% is normal.  I almost always tip 20% at restaurants though!

Post # 7
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I usually double the tax and then round up, it was 7.5% when I started using this trick, now it is 9% but somewhere close to double and then up or down depending on how much I liked the service. If it is your normal hairdresser and you feel like you under tipped, (I think you’re fine) you can bring the extra in later, maybe in a card or envelope letting her know you thought about it later and wanted to add more. Another option is to comment next time that you felt you didn’t tip enough last time and that’s why it’s a little larger. 

Post # 8
1850 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I just do the decimal point thing to figure out tip regardless of where I am (hair, food, etc). I was a server for 3 years though so I always tip 20% (even though sometimes they don’t deserve it!).


I think that $20 was sufficient though…almost 15% which is perfectly fine! I also think that doubling the tax works well to figure out a good tip.



Post # 9
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I usually just double the tax, too, or know that I need $10 for every $50 I spend, so I’d automatically know $30 was 20%

Post # 10
441 posts
Helper bee

I usually tip my girl 20%, but she always does a good job, and she spends a lot of time cutting my hair. I asked my husband (who’s a good tipper) what he would tip for a $145 cut/color, and he said $15-$20.

As far as correcting yourself, if you feel like you undertipped her, you could just give her more the next time you visit. It’s not like you gave her $5 or anything. If you feel really bad, you could always drop by the salon and give her a little more and say something like, “You did such a good job the other day, and I completely spaced out when I tipped you. Here’s a little bit extra.”

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