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How much to tip hair stylist?

Started 1300220650.683 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1300500720.41 by victoria girl

What percentage should a stylist be tipped??? Color and cut runs $150, so I'm already paying a lot....

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dfyre1300220724.7231112 PostsRegistered 7/17/2007

I usually tip around 20% plus a couple dollars to the shampoo girl.

SueMacc1300220842.60725 PostsRegistered 11/24/2010

I do 20% too, but I don't usually have color and my cuts are pretty cheap - it does get pricey with cut and color.

ladyroxanne1300220848.76310983 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

i get color and cut and leave 20%.

shoekitty1300221838.26312148 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006

Standard is 20%, especially if the service is under 100 bucks. Same as restaurants. If you are on a budget, I wouldn't go any lower than 10%. That is just rude. All that said, sometimes it does matter where you live, and what kind of a salon you go to. If you know ladies that go to your salon ask them. They might not always tell you the truth, but it will give you an idea. I have found treating the hairdressers with utmost respect has it's rewards. I loved my stylist, just loved her. I over tipped at times. I respected her time schedule. Showed up on time, etc. Whenever I was in a bind and needed an emergency service, or a certain time frame for an event, she always managed to fit me in. One time she she juggled another customer to get me in. This has happened only a couple times in several years, but I was so grateful.

The tip schedule has risen from 10%, quite quickly. If you do a search online for standard tip/gratuity schedules, it will show standard tip for every service. Even tipping the "groom". I don't mean groom, as in bride and groom. The "groom" for the horses we all keep in our stables!! LOL{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

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dkh1300221923.3231130 PostsRegistered 1/4/2011Virginia
On 3/15/2011 shoekitty said:

Standard is 20%, especially if the service is under 100 bucks. Same as restaurants. If you are on a budget, I wouldn't go any lower than 10%. That is just rude. All that said, sometimes it does matter where you live, and what kind of a salon you go to. If you know ladies that go to your salon ask them. They might not always tell you the truth, but it will give you an idea. I have found treating the hairdressers with utmost respect has it's rewards. I loved my stylist, just loved her. I over tipped at times. I respected her time schedule. Showed up on time, etc. Whenever I was in a bind and needed an emergency service, or a certain time frame for an event, she always managed to fit me in. One time she she juggled another customer to get me in. This has happened only a couple times in several years, but I was so grateful.

The tip schedule has risen from 10%, quite quickly. If you do a search online for standard tip/gratuity schedules, it will show standard tip for every service. Even tipping the "groom". I don't mean groom, as in bride and groom. The "groom" for the horses we all keep in our stables!! LOL{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

Great info - I will check out that website. Thanks!!

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DebbieDD1300222033.9778109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004
On 3/15/2011 dfyre said:

I usually tip around 20% plus a couple dollars to the shampoo girl.

I do that same. I don't believe that the actual cost of service matters.

bruingirl1300222555.3376709 PostsRegistered 8/3/2006Los Angeles, CA

I tip 20%

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shoekitty1300222694.73712148 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006

I would like to add, as I did some checking 15-20% is correct. They also said shampoo is 2 bucks, but break the tip up. If you are giving 20% on 100 bucks service(20 bucks), and you have a person who cuts your hair, another who combs it out (styles it) and someone who shampoos, break the tip... 10 bucks to cutter, 8 bucks to stylist, 2 bucks to shampoo. Also tipping the owner is done only if she/he does your hair. Then they suggested if you tip 15% every time as a regular, at Christmas give a gift comparable to the service you get the most. If you always go in for a haircut that costs 80 bucks, gift the hairdresser 80 bucks this one time.

life is a banquet and most poor fools are starving to death!"
Auntie Mame

Skylands1300227746.55881 PostsRegistered 5/30/2010
On 3/15/2011 shoekitty said:

I would like to add, as I did some checking 15-20% is correct. They also said shampoo is 2 bucks, but break the tip up. If you are giving 20% on 100 bucks service(20 bucks), and you have a person who cuts your hair, another who combs it out (styles it) and someone who shampoos, break the tip... 10 bucks to cutter, 8 bucks to stylist, 2 bucks to shampoo. Also tipping the owner is done only if she/he does your hair. Then they suggested if you tip 15% every time as a regular, at Christmas give a gift comparable to the service you get the most. If you always go in for a haircut that costs 80 bucks, gift the hairdresser 80 bucks this one time.

Yes, 20% is what I give because I don't stay with someone who doesn't do a great job. I appreicate great work in styling & color so I tip 20%. I loathe tippping every person who comes into contact with me in the salon: the person who combs out your hair, shampoos it, etc., etc. Please, I don't want to be nickled & dimed, really dollar billed to death. I give 20% to the stylist, 20% to the colorist. They can tip the shampoo, comb out person etc. Too much to ask of me to do all this.

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Lovely21300230407.5472940 PostsRegistered 6/2/2007Texas

I go to a high end place that caters to me. They spoil me. I tip over 20% and am in there every week. I'm sure they cater to me so much because I tip them all well. But it is very nice to have your fresh made chocolate chip cookies and grapefruit juice brought to you. And for everyone to treat you like you're special, if even for a couple hours. I have been going there for 20 years.

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PLANTER1300232924.41686 PostsRegistered 1/31/2011

I follow the twenty percent tip, maybe even a bit more. I have to be really upset to not leave at least 20, but then I usually do not tip. I thought that you did not have to tip owners?

pjoy1300233282.381559 PostsRegistered 7/27/2005

I leave a 20 percent tip or more, but always forget about the shampoo girl. The shampoo is such an afterthought, and I've had some really unpleasant shampoos at the place I go to. Always get a great cut though.

my-2-cents1300233482.76742 PostsRegistered 9/25/2006

20% minimum regardless of the cost of service

...and that's my two cents.

shoekitty1300249147.612148 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006
On 3/15/2011 PLANTER said:

I follow the twenty percent tip, maybe even a bit more. I have to be really upset to not leave at least 20, but then I usually do not tip. I thought that you did not have to tip owners?

You do tip owners IF they do your hair, that's exactly what the tip guide said.. I read this and thought, yes I know to tip the owner if do my hair, but.. why would I tip them if they didn't do my hair? hahaha. Tried to figure that one out. They are stylists too, and probably take home as much or less than the employess after they pay expenses, etc.

life is a banquet and most poor fools are starving to death!"
Auntie Mame

ilovedaisi­es1300250140.493152 PostsRegistered 7/20/2010Turn left

My cut and color are $85 and I tip her $15. It sounds like from what you guys tip, I'm a cheapo. For a regular $26 haircut, I give her $10. Doesn't make sense, does it? Oh, well, she always seems glad to see me.

Skylands1300282912.2575881 PostsRegistered 5/30/2010
On 3/15/2011 pjoy said:

I leave a 20 percent tip or more, but always forget about the shampoo girl. The shampoo is such an afterthought, and I've had some really unpleasant shampoos at the place I go to. Always get a great cut though.

Totally agree with you about "really unpleasant shampoos". Doesn't the beauty schools teach the students anatomy of the scalp? The scalp is very sensitive. Some more than others, but, hey, it's a real head they are working on! Not a plastic mold!

Some of these people are so rough with your scalp, especially when they wear rubber gloves. The experience is most unpleasant. What happened to the luxurios shampoo experience?

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Iwantcoffee1300283986.472622 PostsRegistered 11/28/2006
PLANTER1300285375.58686 PostsRegistered 1/31/2011
On 3/15/2011 shoekitty said:
On 3/15/2011 PLANTER said:

I follow the twenty percent tip, maybe even a bit more. I have to be really upset to not leave at least 20, but then I usually do not tip. I thought that you did not have to tip owners?

You do tip owners IF they do your hair, that's exactly what the tip guide said.. I read this and thought, yes I know to tip the owner if do my hair, but.. why would I tip them if they didn't do my hair? hahaha. Tried to figure that one out. They are stylists too, and probably take home as much or less than the employess after they pay expenses, etc.

I feel REALLY bad now. I read in a magazine, I want to say Oprahs magazine, that it is not necessary to tip the owner of the salon. I stopped tipping after that. It is the owner who does my hair. I feel sooo bad now. I am going to have to explain it to her. What would you do, explain it right?

I always give my shampoo girl five bucks. It is hard to be at the bottom of the food chain. They are usually trying to pay for beauty school too.

Iwantcoffee1300286787.012622 PostsRegistered 11/28/2006
On 3/15/2011 daisy_marie said:

My cut and color are $85 and I tip her $15. It sounds like from what you guys tip, I'm a cheapo. For a regular $26 haircut, I give her $10. Doesn't make sense, does it? Oh, well, she always seems glad to see me.

You are not cheap. A $10.00 tip on $26.00 is a 39% tip and a $15.00 tip for $85.00 is nearly 18% which is within the recommended 15% to 20% tip

Zoologist1300287058.2236013 PostsRegistered 9/3/2010

I'm ready to cut back on my tipping to mine.

I pay $25 for simple haircut, and tip $5. He's the owner.

I pay $20 for the 2 boys' simple cuts, and tip $5 to the same guy.

Yet we can't get in for an appt. in under 2.5-3 wks. He only works 3-4 days/wk.

BESwede1300287645.8036218 PostsRegistered 6/4/2007Colorado

There seems to be a lot of variance in the tipping habits and expectations depending on where you live, so I'd ask a receptionist at the salon and others in your area to see what is customary. I've gone to the same salon for years (15+) and there are just two stylists there who also are the owners of the shop (husband and wife) and they don't take tips. They charge more than the average for this area so are making up for it in their prices, I guess. :)

The shop I went to prior to this salon had several stylists and at that time the standard tip was 15 percent, however if the owner did your services they didnt expect or take a tip.

47, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring. Combination/sensitive skin. Vegetarian

Iwantcoffee1300288392.032622 PostsRegistered 11/28/2006

The shop I went to prior to this salon had several stylists and at that time the standard tip was 15 percent, however if the owner did your services they didnt expect or take a tip.

47, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring. Combination/sensitive skin. Vegetarian

The owner does my hair and she does not expect or take tips. For a businees owner to accept tips is very unprofessional in my opinion.

Sooner1300288724.16314341 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 3/16/2011 Iwantcoffee said:
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The shop I went to prior to this salon had several stylists and at that time the standard tip was 15 percent, however if the owner did your services they didnt expect or take a tip.

47, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring. Combination/sensitive skin. Vegetarian

The owner does my hair and she does not expect or take tips. For a businees owner to accept tips is very unprofessional in my opinion.

I've never met a salon owner who didn't take tips and was thankful for the tip. If they do your hair, why shouldn't they get the same as anyone else? If they run a good salon, that isn't an easy job.

lulu21300290415.7120740 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

My girl is the co-owner of the salon. I tip about 25%.

Iwantcoffee1300290834.7372622 PostsRegistered 11/28/2006
On 3/16/2011 Sooner said:
On 3/16/2011 Iwantcoffee said:
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The shop I went to prior to this salon had several stylists and at that time the standard tip was 15 percent, however if the owner did your services they didnt expect or take a tip.

47, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring. Combination/sensitive skin. Vegetarian

The owner does my hair and she does not expect or take tips. For a businees owner to accept tips is very unprofessional in my opinion.

I've never met a salon owner who didn't take tips and was thankful for the tip. If they do your hair, why shouldn't they get the same as anyone else? If they run a good salon, that isn't an easy job.

I don't tip business owners of other businesses that I receive services from. Why tip the owner of a salon? It is the responsibility of the salon owner to set prices and manage expense just as it is with any other business. Running a business is difficult and expensive for everyone.

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