Tipping for beauty services

posted 2 weeks ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

What country do you live in? Tipping etiquette is definitely culturally-regulated.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Yes, at least 20% always. If you can’t afford that you can’t afford these luxury services. 

More importantly, for now please avoid paying to have people touch you in the midst of a pandemic. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’m in the US and always tip 20% unless the service wasn’t great, ie they talked on their headset throughout my supposed to be relaxing pedicure, left me on the table for a long time before starting the masssge but counted it toward the length of the massage, etc.

Tipping less does come across very cheap to me. I recently went with a friend to a spa for a girls day. I received the basic level services and she received the next level of services, which were about $20 per service more than mine and more labor intensive. She checked out first and tipped less than I was going to for my cheaper services. I was appalled.

This friend can afford these services and a nice tip, but even if she couldn’t I think the tip still needs to be factored into whether you can afford a service/meal out/luxury or not. If not, I would skip it. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

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lily2018 :  US Bee here–I always tip 15-20% (or more) for these services as is expected in my region. Yes, it can add up, especially if I’m getting cut, color and highlights (and tipping the stylist and her assistant). If I don’t feel I can afford the entire cost (service, tax, tip) of what I want I wait until I can. 

I wouldn’t order in a restaurant without factoring a tip into the total cost of dining either. 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

For me, I think tipping also depends on the business structure. So a $60 massage, is it from a home based business or someone who rents their own space? These people set their own prices, and its acceptable to not tip them. If its a massage therapist at a big spa, they get such a small % of the total, you should tip them. 

Personally I hate the US tipping culture. Just pay your employees properly! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I tip about 20% when I pay full price. However, if I’m using a Groupon I tip at about 33% of the Groupon cost. Groupon reccomends tipping on the full price rather than the discounted one, but I do not.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

I’d feel embarrassed not to tip. It’s like going out to a restaurant- you tip the server, it’s part of the cost, at least here in the states. I give 20% across the board, more if the service was above and beyond. 

Post # 11
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Newbee

I always tip based on the price of the service and add more for extra service. I don’t use discounts often but always tip based on the service price, not the discounted price. I do this at restaurants too. If I have a gift card and the price was $50 but I’m only paying $25, I tip like I paid $50. It is tacky and cheap not to. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 1985

US Bee here~. I always plan 20 percent unless it was REALLY bad service, which has only happened once. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

As someone who worked in that industry and have many friends who still do I try to tip generously and frankly look down on anyone who doesn’t tip at all (without good reason of course).

Same with restaurants.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I tip 20% unless I received bad service….and even then I probably tip between 10-15%.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

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lily2018 :  I hate tipping culture. The price for those services is already usually high. I do tip, but I think it’s ridiculous. I  usually go with an amount that I think is fair. I never or rarely tip 20% for any of those services unless it’s below what I think is fair. I only get massages and I’ve only gotten my nails done once. I think tipping should be banned.

ETA:Depending on the type of massage place, you will find that tipping is optional. Medical massages do not usually require tips. I suppose it depends where you live.

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