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I'm often asked if and how much one should tip his or her stylist or if they should tip the owner. Let me clear the air.

Hair, skin, and body professionals rely on their tips as a source of their income. People tip anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of their service. (Not on tax or retail product). Still, a tip should depend on how satisfied you are. Certainly if you've been made to wait longer than 20 minutes, it would be acceptable for it to reflect in your tip. But if you don't mind the wait and love your results, tip accordingly. One thing I can I assure you is that beauty professionals notice and are appreciative of tips.

What about the owner?

Many hairstylists rent a chair making them their own business owner. You won't find a stylist who rents a chair who will refuse a tip. In contrast, major corporate chain owners whose income is from company sales more than from their haircut may not expect (or desire) a tip. Not tipping the owner is an old tradition. If your stylist is the owner simply ask the staff at the reception area what is generally done when you leave.

Often the owner charges more and in the mind of a client makes more money. I can assure you this is often not the case. The overhead, expense and pressure of owning a salon is relieved by the gracious gratuity of devoted clients. Though many salon owners will not be offended if you don't tip, they likely won't be offended if you do.

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      Linni wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • i have had my license for 20 years, and when i worked at my Stepdads barber shop, my chair rental was 25%. thats what everyone paid. i too relied on my tips to get me through the week.. i made great money, and made great friends!

      yes, tipping is important, and i tip on the 20% side!



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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I was always taught that you do not tip the owner of a salon but only the other hairdressers..stylists..whatever you call them these days.  

      I think with the economy right now....good service and tipping are more important than ever.



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      Linni wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • lol, i am just like you BB! i tip well, because i DEPENDED on my tips, and i know alot of folks depend on them too!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I always tip 20% to my stylist and nail tech.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • If everyone is so dependent on tips, why not just raise prices so a decent living can be made?  Not trying to get anyone riled up here, I’m just wondering.  I haven’t been to a salon in 3 yrs. and before that it had been at least 5 yrs.  The last time I was in a salon, it cost me $20 to get my hair trimmed (really expensive for this area).  That’s more than I can afford to spend on my hair and adding another $4 for a tip? Nope. Sorry, I’ve got to eat too.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • Well...with the economy I think we should all try to do what we can.  You might not be able to tip 20% but anything is better than nothing.  

      I personally like tipping because I tip according to service (such as when I eat in a resturant).  I would rather give the person that treats me well the money than to someone who gives me poor service.  Why would I reward them?  

      When I have a really good server....I leave them a really good tip.  

      Hairdressers...I stay give about the same each time....but usually my own hairdresser is the one that works on me and she is the owner.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • Yeah, the haircut would cost more, and either way, I’m not going to have it done because it’s just not in my budget. I just think prices charged should allow the person to make a decent living without depending on someone’s generosity.

      Once upon a time a tip, a gratuity, was truly “in gratitude” for excellent service.  Somehow over the years it has become expected no matter what.  And I don’t mind tipping if I’ve gotten terrific service.  What I don’t like is being expected to tip because the hairdresser (or waitress or whoever) is not being paid a decent wage and we the customer are expected to cover the difference.



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      Linni wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • well, for me, NO ONE new i depended on my tips to live, and actually, i lived well! my tips bought the things like petro, and paid extra on bills...

      i did not and do not expect folks to tip me! i loved my job, and always took pride in my work tip or not! so i guess it all depends on how one sees the situation..



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I pride myself on how well I tip.  Believe me...it pays off in the end.  When I walk into that nail salon, those girls come running for me  :)



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      Leadinladytracy wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I tip my hairdresser and she is the owner. When you treat the one who does your hair right, then you end up leaving their shop looking beautiful. You get what you pay for!  

      I also tip my nail tech and she rents her space. Again, she keeps my nails looking great. She is flexible as well. It bears repeating - you get what you pay for!



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      Termite wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I have been a hairstylist for 25 years and I have owned my own salon for nearly 6 years. Yes, my customers still tip me very well even though I am the owner.  They know that I go out of my way to accomodate them and make them happy. You get what you pay for. If you are good to your stylist, weather they are the owners or not,(just like Christopher said, the owner pays the bills and keep the salon in order) your stylist will be good to you. I form a relationship with my clients, I can tell in their voice when they make a call to me, how desperate they are to get in ASAP, and I will do everything in my power to take good care of them.  I have 3 other stylists in my salon who rent from me, and we all depend on our tips daily. Heck...even at Christmas time the salons clients show their appreciation to ALL of the stylists in the salon. We all work together. If we charged more for our services (to make up for the non tippers) then...the non tippers would go elsewhere to get their haircut to get the bargain. Then we lose out completely. We are willing to take the chance of getting the rare non tipper but at least we still get their business!... And hope that they tell their friends about us and so on... and so on...  because word of mouth is the BEST advertisement!!



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      Bluerose wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • If I LOVE what they’ve done with my hair, I’ll tip 25%.



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      Karyn Olson wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I tip too and I don’t mind...even though I am also trying to make ends meet I try to give a little something...a little something is better than a little nothing...



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      Trudy S wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I lived in Australia for a year.  At the time I was in Oz, tipping was not done - for any job.  Wages were paid - ie - a waiter/waitress got $13/hr.  I worked for some time as a waitress and bartender and everyone was so knocked out by my service (service was pretty poor in Oz)that I always got tipped.  T-off my Australian colleagues to no end.

      What am I saying?  As a paying customer, it sure was nice to know what I could/couldn’t afford.  What was on the menu/price sheet was all I had to pay.

      As a server, I loved getting a little extra - but I didn’t depend on it.  I knew at the end of the day I was getting the money I earned on my feet all day without relying on the generosity of others.  However, that didn’t stop me from giving great service...which seemed to be the norm for Australian servers.  They treated their customers like they were doing them a favor!!



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      Lorilyn wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I usually tip all service people about 20 % if they do well,10 or so if not. The former stylist I had was an airhead and l was glad when she left,it’s awkward asking for a different person in the same salon in a small town.



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