(Closed) How much to tip the MUA/hairdresser day of?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: How much did you tip your hairdresser and/or makeup artist that owned the business?
    Nothing. They own the business : (8 votes)
    32 %
    Less than normal: 10-15% : (6 votes)
    24 %
    Normal: 15-20% : (9 votes)
    36 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would tip a lot. that’s a lot of work for one chick. I’m a hairdresser tho I might be biased. 🙂

    Post # 4
    2610 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    At a friends wedding she had the owner of a salon do all of our hair on the day of her wedding and we were told by the bride that it was just a flat rate of $40/pp and we didn’t need to worry about the tip.

    It is a lot of work though and if it were me I’d probably still want to try and tip something extra.


    Post # 5
    253 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @toothfairy910:  I went back and forth on this for my own hair stylist. At the end of the day, I decided that since that’s a service that I would normally tip for, it was only fair to tip at the wedding. I mean, sometimes I get my hair cut by the woman who owns the salon I go to regularly, and I’ll still leave her a tip. I agree that $160 sounds high, but keep in mind that the range is 15-20%, and even then it’s discretionary. Tip whatever you feel comfortable with, but I would at least consider tipping something.


    But for our photographer and videographer, since that’s not a typical ‘service’ industry, I didn’t tip above. I sent a box of nice chocolates with a thank you card after we received our product. 


    Hope this helps!

    Post # 6
    30 posts
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Definatly tip!! Maybe not the complete 160, but tip something.  It will assure her she did a good job plus she has alot of expenses too. 

    Post # 7
    517 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m wondering about this too, the contract states that she “graciously” accepts tips but they’re not required. She owns the company and she’s only doing bridal makeup on me, should I tip?

    Note: The balance will also include travel expenses.


    Post # 8
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @HisBride515:  I would tip based on the services, excluding travel. 

    Post # 9
    96 posts
    Worker bee

    You should tip, especially if she is traveling to you.  

    Post # 12
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I personally don’t tip anyone who sets their own pay, especially for a level of service that meets our agreement. Above and beyond service, and if I feel I got a really great value/service ratio, then sure. But that’s just me…

    I also always write positive reviews on Yelp, Angie’s List, and Wedding Wire when I deal with sole proprietors (unless the service sucks). I hope an increase in business is just as valuable to them (I know I always hire based on online reviews, at least)

    Post # 13
    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I have gone back and forth on this. A wise bee in another thread said that wedding prices are jacked anyway, plus we pay for travel, and the owner keeps all the money and can set her own price. 

    I entirely do not think it is necessary. Having said that, I probably will anyway because I will feel needlessly guilty. The whole wedding process is so tedious and annoying!

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