Post # 1
Bees – I read in an etiquette book recently that when you’re at a salon you tip your stylist 20% but if they’re a freelancer you don’t tip. Here’s the rational… Salon stylists make an hourly wage and then tips only, whereas freelancers take home the entire cost paid.
My freelancer is a professional hair/make-up artist and her prices certainly reflect that. In fact, they’re the same or more than if I went to a salon. All of which she’ll pocket. Do you think I should still tip?
Post # 3
Well she will not necessarily “pocket” all of that. As a stylist, its extremely hard to make a buck. Most experienced stylist rent a chair (meaning rent their little space at a salon for a good chunk of money) and then whatever they bring into the salon they get but have to pay back alot to the salon owner for their chair. Most inexperienced stylist do get paid hourly but alot of times its hardly anything.
Even though what she is charging you might seem to be alot, she still needs to buy all of the product to put in your hair, bobby pins, a good curling iron (which can run a pretty penny) and everything else she will cart over to your house. This all can add up to ALOT. She may be a freelancer but she is still in charge of buying all of her own inventory. Any extra money is a HUGE plus. Your not obligated to tip her but if you did decide too, (even if its not the traditional 20%) will be greatly appreciated!
Post # 4
I would always tip a stylist at least 20%! My hair is important!
Post # 5
If she works for herself, she loses a LOT of that money to taxes. If you own your own business, you have to pay double the social security tax (since businesses cover half for their employees), plus sales tax, plus private health insurance if she isn’t married and gets it through her husband’s/wife’s work.
So she isn’t taking 100%. I would still tip.
Post # 6
Thanks for the insight, ladies. Will make sure to tip in full.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
A service professional is typically always tipped 15-20% regardless of who they work for. 😉