tipping for estheticians?
So I've saved up for laser hair treatments for my bikini line and face, and bought a package of five treatments each for each area. In the past, I have been for electrolysis and a couple of laser treatments at other facilities, and the policy there was no tips. (Maybe the esthetician treating me owned the business?) Anyway, now I'm going to a new place, and there seem to be several estheticians, and when you check out after your treatment, they actually ASK you if you'd like to leave a gratuity. There is also a sign at the desk saying, "Gratuities are a courtesy, not an obligation." Of course I'd like to be courteous, but... how do I figure that kind of gratuity? I paid about $1500 for my treatment packages (I consider that big bucks), and if you divide that into ten treatments and figure twenty percent for each, that's $30 for a five-minute laser procedure. If I can't afford to tip that much, am I insulting anyone? Are expected tips figured into an esthetician's pay, like with restaurant servers? So far, I've left her $5 and hoped that was adequate... it's costing me about a month's pay to have this done. Thanks for any advice!