How much to tip?

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  • 1 Post By aislin
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How much should you tip for services?

I had a haircut yesterday with a new stylist. She took her time to learn my hair, and I'm looking forward to working with someone who really seems to care about curly hair. She's the first stylist to seemingly know her stuff about curly hair. She didn't "freak out" like most do when they see how curly, thick, and dry my hair is...most suggest going straight and automatically offer to blow it out. So, I'd like to try to develop a professional relationship - over time to get better and better hair care.

The haircut was $36. Would you tip 20% ($7.20) or go more or less? Do you tip a flat amount each time (I'm gonna color next time) or vary it depending on what is done? I don't want to tip too cheaply nor too much. I want to be fair while encouraging better care over time.
As a former waitress for one horrible summer, I tend to tip pretty well-when I receive good service.

On a 36 dollar hair cut, based on what you said about her the min I would tip is 10 cash. (always tip in cash because if you put it on the cc slip they have to pay taxes on it!)
What are you going to do with 2.80 difference?
TO be honest if you where the happy with the cut I would have tipped 15.00
I normally tip for a hair cut anywhere between 20-30% depending on how good the service is. I say 20% is the min. I did once however tip 50% on a deva cut I received. I gave 30% to the cutter, and 20% to the hair colorist. It was just an amazing cut and color.
I just got a haircut last night at a new (to me) salon. Most expensive haircut I've ever gotten. She spent an hour with me for a cut, wash and style. I was intending to tip 20% (or less if necessary) so that's what she got. When she was done she told me to work with my hair for a couple days and if I'm not happy with it to come back and she will take care of me and fix whatever needs to be fixed to make me happy. I have already decided that the next time I go back I will tip her more than 20%. She did a good job on my hair.
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I ended up tipping her $10. She's supposed to get some deva products in for me, and then color my hair in 2 weeks.... so may tip a higher % then.
As a former waitress for one horrible summer, I tend to tip pretty well-when I receive good service.

On a 36 dollar hair cut, based on what you said about her the min I would tip is 10 cash. (always tip in cash because if you put it on the cc slip they have to pay taxes on it!)
What are you going to do with 2.80 difference?
TO be honest if you where the happy with the cut I would have tipped 15.00
I normally tip for a hair cut anywhere between 20-30% depending on how good the service is. I say 20% is the min. I did once however tip 50% on a deva cut I received. I gave 30% to the cutter, and 20% to the hair colorist. It was just an amazing cut and color.
Originally Posted by GeorgiaBeansOwens
A 50% tip? Wow.

I just wanted to throw my .02 in here for some balance. I tip 15% for expected service, or 20% if it's a really amazing experience. Usually it's about a $10 tip at the salon which is more of a flat rate tip- one that, I may add, is higher than 15% of the total bill- and if 15% would be more than $10, I adjust accordingly. I really don't like (and never liked receiving) nickles and dimes in tips- whole dollars are best. I too have worked in a service industry where a lot of what I made was off tips. It's not like you don't appreciate being given a high tip, it's really great when it happens, but I realize that if everyone was expected to tip that much I'd probably be out of a job because no one could afford the service lol.

Also, I think there was a pretty big thread on this topic awhile ago- it was pretty heated, but may be worth looking into and doing a search for if you're still curious about how people feel about this issue.
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Last edited by aislin; 02-25-2011 at 03:09 PM.
Well, w/ restaurants I always tip 15%, and more like 20% if the service was really good. However, as much as I adore my stylist, I simply can't afford to tip more than 10%. It's such a stretch in my budget already to pay for a Ouidad cut and professional color, but I've made taking care of my hair a priority for the first time in my life. So, If I'm paying b/w $155-$195 (depending on what I get) on my hair every 3 months (I'm hoping after I reach shoulder length this summer it will be less often) then I simply can't afford more than that $15-20 tip.

I'm a graduate student, so I don't even have a real income yet. When I get my Ph.D. and find a full time teaching post, it still won't be a big salary, but then I can afford to tip more. My stylist understands this and I love her for it.
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If I am happy with the job they did, I tip 20%. If that results in cents, I round to nearest dollar.
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