This has been an old-fashioned debate that just can’t seem to get settled: how much to tip your hairstylist? You probably have asked this question yourself many times before but were too shy to ask. Is there a general rule to follow on how much to tip at the salon? And more importantly, who do you tip to?
We’ve gathered the information you need so you can get a good idea on how much to tip your hairstylist and assistants at the salon:
How Much to Tip?
The cardinal rule with most salons is to tip 20% off your bill to the hairstylist. However, this average can greatly vary as impacted by a number of factors such as the experience of the hairstylist, the salon you are visiting to, and the types of services you enjoyed at the salon. The lowest tip you should give is 10% while the highest tip that you could give is probably around 25%. In bigger cities and more popular salons, the cost of the service is higher and therefore the corresponding tip can also become higher.
There are other circumstances that might compel you to tip more – arriving late for your appointment, if you have other add-on services, or if they managed to squeeze you in at a last-minute appointment.
Who Should I Tip To?
You should never assume that when you tip a hairstylist that they will also divide it with the shampoo person. To be fair, you can tip them $3-$5, especially if you are happy with their service.
Another common question asked when it comes to tipping at the salon concerns the owner. The only reason why you should tip the salon owner is if they did the styling for you. But in general, you should not tip the owner – only the hairstylist that did the job on your hair.
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