Last Updated on March 6, 2021 by Bob De Generio
For the services you avail from a hairdresser, research advises you to leave a tip of 20% of the total cost. In this case, since your bill is $200, you tip $40 to the hairdresser.
Have You Finally Decided To Get Your Hair Colored Or Get That Dream Hairstyle?
Taking the plunge might be the best thing you have done in a long time. You can also visit the hairdresser for a relaxing session. Get a hair wash and your usual haircut. Fit in a relaxing head massage and chat with your hairdresser about life.
However, if you are anything like me, you know that there is impending anxiety building up. Right after you avail of the salon’s services, it’s time to tip your hairdresser. And you are confused and worried if you should shell out the extra money after the massive bill they served you.
Let me break it down for you. The tip you pay your hairdresser is for their services. They get their regular paycheck, but it’s usually not too much. And if you want your favorite hairdresser to pay a little extra attention to you, you may want to reconsider tipping them.
What Percent Is A Universally Acknowledged Tip?
Research shows that you should tip 20% of the total bit. I am not asking you to pay more, but stylists from around the world recommend it. This change does not depend on the services. It is polite to pay 20% extra to your Stylist as a sign of gratitude. For example, if your total bill is $100, you offer $20 as a tip. You can pay extra, but this seems to the well-accepted amount that you should pay.
However, if you are not satisfied with the outcome, don’t push yourself to tip them. Leave honest feedback and walk out gracefully.
For Shampoo, Color, And Blowdry.
Now that we have established the tip percentage, some things are taken care of by assistants. These include washing and preparing your hair for the Stylist to work their magic. My idea is to pay 20% on the total bill, without worrying about who gets what. You are tipping for the overall service and not individually.
If your service cost comes up to $100, a tip of $20 is fair and square.
Why Must You Tip Your Hairdresser?
That’s an interesting question, and we understand that you might not have something to feel grateful for. But here are some scenarios that deserve the extra tip that you pay.
The Job Of The Stylist
In most salons, an assistant does the preparation. But if a stylist has personally looked after all your needs, you might want to consider paying him/her extra.
The Stylist most likely takes up this responsibility out of respect and love for you as a customer, and that’s when gratitude comes in handy.
Did They Go Above And Beyond To Provide You With Services?
Hair treatments, color, and styling depend on the quality of your hair. Let’s be honest. You wouldn’t want them to damage your hair more than it already is. Stylists sometimes go beyond regular procedures to take care of your hair, along with suggestions to make it better. That deserves a tip.
If the salon provides you with a last-minute appointment and accommodates all your requests, they deserve applause. And a tip. Most salons don’t take many bookings unless they have a fondness for the customer. They are showing their love for you, and you should return the favor.
Do You Like Your Stylist?
I am asking you the most straightforward question. If you are happy with the services, chances are, you will revisit them and request the same Stylist. Or, in the worst-case scenario, you will never want to see their face again.
If you like the services, go for that extra tip.
If you are in a hurry and the salon isn’t considerate of your time, don’t revisit them. There is a waiting time if you are early, but it is their responsibility to make time and space for you. If they follow your schedule, they are fabulous at customer service. This question aligns with the liking for your Stylist and their job. It should be a good experience overall, and then, you won’t hesitate to leave that tip.
How Much Should You Tip In Various Scenarios?
Multiple scenarios may arise, depending on your situation. Every scenario requires a different approach. The fact remains the same- you should pay 20% as a tip. What differs is your final bill. You might not enjoy your session because of the anxiety, but there is nothing to worry about. We are here to sort that out too.
If You Have A Coupon Or Discount Code
In a world full of confusion, here is one that you might face time and again. Contact the reception in case of a coupon and ask for the price after applying the discount. Pay 20% of that amount, because the work put by the Stylist is the same.
Individual salons provide services at your doorstep. And in most cases, you have to make the payment with the application/software. If that is the case, you can hand over the tip in person. Pay the $20 on a $100 bill to the Stylist. That way, you are assured that the Stylist gets their due.
A Friend Stylist
Just because your friend is a stylist and has helped you out a few times for free, you don’t get to weasel out by not paying him/her. Your friend puts in the same effort as other stylists, and hence, you must pay him/her that tip. She might be polite enough not to ask you for money, but it is essential to identify and appreciate the work and skills.
Should You Tip The Owner?
Well, that depends on you. But, some salons appreciate the gesture and give you a free service now and then. It’s just another form of investment. So yeah, pay that tip with your whole heart.
Find Out The Name Of Your Hairdresser.
Finding their name is plain good manners, and you can now leave a tip for the right person. If there is more than one person involved in the process, ask the person at the desk to divide it up evenly between them. You don’t have to pay extra in case of multiple people, but make sure you pay the right one and that they divide it equally.
Different salons come up with multiple ideas for tips; hence ask them before you make a decision.
The holiday season calls for some extra. Let’s look at it in this way.
The salons are books, but for favorite Stylist makes some last moment adjustments and books you an appointment. The Stylist also pays you the same attention as on other days. While you are having a quiet evening, the hairdresser might be working to bring in some extra cash. A tip will make the Stylist happy. It is advised to pay 30% during the holiday season because we all could make a little bit of goodwill and a lot of love.
What If You Don’t Like The Services?
For starters, you need to be clear about what you want. Leaving it up to your hairdresser might lead to unsatisfactory results. Be specific about your needs; be it styling, coloring, or trimming.
If you have communicated that already with the hairdresser and the result isn’t satisfactory, communicate with them. In a lot of cases, they can bring it back to your preference. Be polite and understand the importance of communication. If your Stylist is professional, he/she will address it with a mature flair.
It is when you get to decide if you want to leave a tip. Unsatisfactory results don’t deserve the tips, but there’s hard work behind it too. Not leaving a tip behind in such a scenario is acceptable.
Your Hair Type Could Be A Factor.
Frizzy hair needs some extra attention, and so does damaged hair. However, if you want something that isn’t the best fit for your hair type, it is not the hairdresser’s fault. Before giving them definite instructions, ask them if it will be the best thing for your hair.
Stylists, once aware of your needs and the type of hair you have- wavy, curly, or straight, decide the products they would like to use to achieve the outcome. The steps can vary too, and a lot of times, it is a lot of extra work.
Table 1.1- A Guide To Tipping Your Hairdresser
|A Solid Tipping Range||18-22%|
|If You Choose To Treat The Salon Owner||20%|
|Hair Washer/Color Assistant||$5-$20 (depending on time spent and quality of service)|
|If You Don’t Like How Your Hair Turned Out||$0|
Tipping your Stylist isn’t tricky unless you have decided to go over your budget. As mentioned earlier, there is now a law/rule for tipping. There aren’t any etiquettes as to how to go about it. If you want to tip your Stylist as a show of gratitude and appreciation, please go ahead. The reception desk will guide you through the right steps to leave a tip behind. You also mustn’t worry about the number of people involved. Tell the front desk to distribute it evenly among them, and your job is done.
Q1: Do You Always Tip 20% At Hair Salons, Even For $300 Highlights?
I would say yes. The hard work put by my Stylist is the same, and I can be pretty picky. Hence, I make sure I leave a 20% tip every time. During holidays, I try to offer a little extra.
Q2: Why Do We Tip Hairstylists?
The tip you leave your Stylist is free from this system and goes to his/her pocket. Leaving a tip is also a sign of gratitude for the hard work and years of expertise that leaves your hair just the way you want it.
Q3: Should I Tip A Hairdresser Even If I Don’t Like The Haircut?
Be assured; his/her tip is not a part of his/her salary or commission. If you didn’t like the haircut, convey that appropriately to his/her. There is no mandate to leave behind a tip if you are not happy with the haircut. However, if you want to offer a little something, I recommend paying less than the usual 20%.