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Old 09-15-2009, 08:45 AM   #1
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Cool Do you tip the owner of the salon?

I recently found a great stylist - she is on her own.
She has her own spot - is not in a huge salon.
Do I tip her? What amount?
She recently upped her fee to $85.00 for a cut and I have short hair.

So do I tip an owner or not? I understand when it's someone that is working for a salon.

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Old 09-15-2009, 09:16 AM   #2
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Though that's not one of the "rules", I do. My stylist is a co-owner of a pretty large, busy salon, but she shampoos me and everything herself. I always tip her, usually 20-25%.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:40 AM   #3
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The owner cuts my hair, and I tip her 20%. I've heard you don't need to tip the owner, though.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:59 AM   #4
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:22 PM   #5
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I have always heard not to, but felt bad about not tipping. I usually tip a smaller amount, or give more to the shampoo girl on the stylist's request.

If her price went up and the amount seems too much for your short hair (how short?), maybe you can discuss a discount? But if she still takes the same amount of time on your hair vs longer hair, then that's just the breaks. Same reason DH (balding, military short hair) pays full price, same as someone with thick long hair.

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Old 09-15-2009, 04:18 PM   #6
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I read a Dear Abby article that said the "not tipping the owner" is an old school thing, and now its expected practice to tip the owner as well.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:16 PM   #7
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I tip the owner of my nail salon $5 for pedi and $5 for refill -- don't know if that's correct but when I have a nail break she fixes it at no cost -- so it's worth it to me.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:29 PM   #8
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My previous hairdresser was also the salon owner, and I tipped him. However, I would probably give less of a tip if I had short hair and the price had suddenly been changed to 85$, truth be told. :S
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