Do you tip your hairdresser?

@saundyl (9698)
Canada
May 12, 2008 10:33pm CST
Do you tip your hairdressers? why? why not? I know some people the only places they tip are restaurants.
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9 responses
• United States
27 May 08
I always do because she's truly the best hairdresser around. I don't give a percentage but I do tip an extra $5 or so. I feel they make a decent buck on you as it is. The tip is just to say "Thanks for a great job", not to supplement their income like a waiter/waitress.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 May 08
That makes sense. I know some places dont pay their hairdressers as much and the tips do make a difference.
@Elixiress (3893)
27 May 08
I tip at the hairdressers depending on the price, I tend to pay the hairdresser in notes, so if once I have paid for my haircut, I have coins left over then I tip them, for example my hair comes to £22 I hand over £30 and I get £5 note and 3 £1 coins, I will tip the £3, but if it comes to £20 I will give £20 and not tip or maybe only tip £1.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 May 08
Thats a good idea/system. I tend to pay in cash as well and I usually use the change for the tip. I hate making the girl go for change.
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@susanh39 (200)
• United States
26 May 08
Absolutely! The gal who does our hair has been with our family for nearly 10 years. She is a mom too, with six children at home and works from home to make a bit of extra money. She does a fantastic job and she's wonderful with my children. She doesn't charge a lot compared to what we'd pay as a family at a salon, so I happily tip her! She deserves it for a job well done. :)
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
26 May 08
Thank you for responding. I tip the girl who does my hair. I really appreciate her and..I think she very much undercharges. I know she doesnt have alot of overhead working from home but..she deserves more than the $15 she usually asks for and thats with a style and cut!
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@anawar (2406)
• United States
13 May 08
Oh yes, I tip my hairdresser and I tip him very well. He takes his time with me and uses excellent products from Germany that don't have an ugly odor. His prices are low even though he owns his own salon with a fair share of bills to pay. He always finds time to take me and he always makes me feel like he appreciates my business. He's not interested in me or vice-virsa if anyone's asking. I love the way he does my hair and I'm willing to thank him for it as best I can.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
13 May 08
I bet he really appreciates being tipped. I've been trying lately to remember to tip people who are supposed to be tipped. I always tip the girl who does my hair and at resturants. The girl who does my hair is always so good about making time for me and makes me feel like she appreciated my business as well. She did my nails as well when i was getting them done. (i'll be getting them done again in winter but summer i'm much too hard on them i'd be seeing her everyother day to fix them!)
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• United States
18 Sep 08
Every eight to ten weeks you walk into your local salon. You are greeted congenially by your hairstylist. She calls you by name and says how nice it is to see you again. You go in the back and she puts a large black smock on you to cover you and keep you clothes hair free. Then it is time to wash your hair. She checks the water temperature and asks to be sure it isn't too hot for you. Your hair is washed with a luxurious shampoo, and she scrubs your scalp. Back in the chair, she asks how you would like it cut today. Do you want the usual or branch out and try something new? After being sure she knows what you want, she gets to work. While she is working, she asks about your life. How is your job going? Are you and your boyfriend still together? She seems generally interested in your life. When she is finished cutting your hair, she blows it dry and styles it. The whole process takes thirty to sixty minutes depending on the style and length of your hair. Now why wouldn't you tip this person? She has just spent a considerable amount of time on a very important aspect of your appearance - your hair. She washed, cut, dried and styled your hair to flatter you. Now if you truly do not like the look, it is up to you to say something before you leave allowing her the chance to fix it. But say he or she has done a remarkable job and you leave feeling like a queen. Don't you think that you should show a little bit of appreciation for a job well done? Because tipping has become the norm in this profession, leaving without tipping signals to the hairstylist that you were unhappy. I would say the majority of hairstylists take pride in their work; and it is a blow to their self-esteem to leave without giving them a reasonable tip. What is reasonable? For the most part, I would tell you 15-20%. If you paid $25 for the service, tip them $5-10. But what about that poor girl working at the chain store where they charge you only $10? If she does a remarkable job does she only deserve $2? No. I would say that no matter what the cost of the service, if the person makes you look good, they should be tipped at least $5. It is a small price to pay for the gorgeous look you are walking out the door with. Also, if you have found a hairstylist you like, you will be going back to her time and time again. Five to ten dollars is a small price to pay extra to ensure that you will always be treated like royalty when you walk in the door.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
25 Jun 08
i was a hairdresser for 48 years. some of my customers tipped me every week, some waited till christmas & gave me a tidy sum for my christmas prescent. i always tip mine when i go, most of the time i cut it myself.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
25 Jun 08
waiting until Christmas is a neat idea. If i did that I'd be tempted to do larger tips once every 4 months or so rather than once a year. I tried cutting my hair once...I went and had it fixed a few days after Thank you for sharing.
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
27 May 08
Yes, I tip my hairdresser. I also tip valets or parking attendants and car wash employees, aside from waiters or waitresses at a restaurant. People who labor and serve you deserve to be tipped. Aside from expected, it's just your way of showing appreciation for a job well done.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 May 08
Awesome. I appreciate the response. I'm finding that theres people who tip and who dont tip and theres those like me who are never sure who to tip.
@cukal6 (146)
• United States
27 May 08
I do not tip my hairdresser because she works out of her home. All of the money I'm paying is going to her anyway. If I went to a salon then I would probably tip.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 May 08
Thats a good point, thank you for responding.
• United States
18 Sep 08
I don't have a hair dresser but you should tip them, you wear your hair everywhere.