- Posted by Cortex Beauty Blog
- On July 5, 2018
Why should you tip?
In the US, we generally tip service providers, so this includes bartenders, waiters, taxi and Uber drivers and everybody involved in our beauty regimen.
Hair stylists and in fact all of the workers at the salon depend on your tips.
That’s the bottom line.
These workers are not always even guaranteed a minimum wage. Hairstylists could be turning over as much as 50% of their service fees to the owners or could be paying a large booth rental. Depending on the set-up of their salon, they may pay for every single supply they use from shampoos and conditioner to setting sprays and hair colors.
Whatever the financial set-up is, stylists are expecting a tip.
At least in the US, tipping is part of the normative culture.
Who should receive a tip?
It used to be the case that you weren’t supposed to tip the owner. That’s NOT the case anymore. Tip the owner.
Obviously, tip the stylist.
Tip the person who shampoos or applies toner. This should be a separate tip. Don’t assume that the tip you give the stylist is split up or pooled.
Tip your manicurist, aesthetician, eyelash tech. All beauty professionals depend on gratuities.
How much should you tip?
Anywhere from 15 to 25% of the cost of the hair or other services you received is a good rule of thumb for tips.
In the big cities, the tips seem to land at the higher end of the spectrum.
Tip extra is you got your appointment at the last minute. Tip extra if you know you are going to be super rude, like texting back and forth to work or reading your legal brief. Tip extra if it’s your child’s haircut. Tip extra if the service took longer than your hair stylist thought it would. Tip extra if you’re amazed and bedazzled. Tip extra if this is for a special occasion. Tip extra at the holidays.
For the person who applies shampoo or maybe toner, a simple $5 tip is typically sufficient. If it’s a very high-priced elite salon, raise this to $10 or even $15. You can even ask the owner what a typical tip is for this person or you can ask the hairstylist themselves.
What if I can’t afford the tip?
If you can’t afford the tip, you can’t afford the salon service. Find a less expensive alternative. It’s not fair to take advantage of the hair stylist by paying only the fee and not the tip.
Tips are just part of the beauty world. It’s best to embrace the practice and realize that the worker is receiving 100% of your tip, so it’s part of the relationship that binds the stylist, the one closest to your hair, to the customer.