Why do people tip their hair stylist?

@mchu519 (465)
United States
December 21, 2006 3:15am CST
I don't understand why we, in America have to tip them. It does not make sense to me. We already paid for the service, I don't get what the extra tip is for? For making my hair look nice? Aren't I paying them to cut my hair and at the same time suppose to make it look nice?
5 responses
• Greece
20 Jan 07
well we used to tip the hair stylish too in greece. but young people no longer tip them. maybe this will stop some day. although their salaries are really really low...
@mchu519 (465)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I had a hair cut about a week ago. She was the only hair stylish person there. She also does the nails for women. So I just assume she owns the place. I my head, I was thinking, "Show I tip her?". I'm already going to pay for the service. I thought to myself, "I would only tip her if she does a great job.". She did an OK job so I just paid the amount for the service and left. I felt bad while I was walking out because I felt obligated to pay the tip.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I find that if I tip my hairdresser and I stick with the same one all the time. They seem to give me better service and care more if I am pleased. I go to a beauty shop were there are over 30 hairdressers and I like to have one that remembers me and calls me by name. They usually remember me when I tip them all the time. It is not mandatory that you tip them though and in our area most do not tip them. It is just a personal perference of mine. I also tip more at Christmas. A sorta bonus if you will.
@mchu519 (465)
• United States
18 Jan 07
This gives me some insight. I barely go to out and get a haircut because usually my dad cuts my hair. I'm 23 years old and I only went out to cut my hair two times. I guess it would be pointless for me to tip, but I will tip if they done an incredible job.
• United States
8 Jan 07
My sister is a hair stylist and I would say, Have you ever gotten a bad hair cut? I have heard many horror stories of people who have gotten bad hair cuts. Not all Hair Stylist are the same if you find a good one and like the hair cut she has talent. You can go to school to learn to be a hair stylist talent is another matter. Some hair stylist have been doing their job for years and have learned more then a school could ever teach them. I would say it makes more since to tip a hair stylist vs a doorman or some others I could think of.
@mchu519 (465)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I agree with what you're saying and I would be glad to tip the hair stylist for doing a great job. People they gives hair cut are require to go to school so that people can use their certificate as credit to be a average or above average hair stylist. People should aways expect a good hair cut from them. I would only want to tip them if they do a great job and not for average ones. It seems now a days that people are require to tip them even if the hair cut wasn't all that good. That is why it brings me to this discussions. Tipping has gone out of hand. It started from because of person doing a great job, now its mandatory for certain services. Tipping should JUST be a way to encourage people to improve on what they do.
@DIXIE444 (123)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I know that it does not make sense...I wonder stuff like this too. My opinion: I worked as a receptionist in a salon for several years and here is my opinion: I guess because the stylist works for say, Haircuts Is Me and the salon makes most of the money from the cut and the stylist makes just a dollar or two from each customer because the salon is in business to make money and the stylist earns their measley paycheck. Now...some salons rent out their chairs or booths to a stylist so it is like they each pay rent for their chair and they make all of the profits and just pay a fee to the shop owner and then pay the tax man out of their check. I would think that if the stylist rents a booth, I would not tip them because they are making 100% of the haircut money but if the stylist works for the salon, tip is ok.
@mchu519 (465)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Good point. How do we know if they rent the booth or not?
@saumav (180)
• India
22 Dec 06
saloon - saloon
Not just im America. Its also in here. But its not always mandatory. When I'm in the counter paying the fee for cutting, the barber tht cut my hair would come and stand beside me, yes its simple to understand he is expecting some tip from the change tht the saloon keeper returns me. And if I just go away without tipping him or just avoiding him, he won't do anything except think of some abuse abt me...