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How much do you tip your hairdresser?

Discussion in 'Hangout' started by ivanadiamond, Sep 7, 2006.

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  1. ivanadiamond
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    by ivanadiamond » Sep 7, 2006
    Okay, so I am wondering how much you all tip your hairdresser? I use to always tip 20% like in restaurants, but several girlfriends told me that I am over tipping? What do all think is a good amount??[​IMG]
     
  2. monarch64
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    by monarch64 » Sep 7, 2006
    20% without fail, and no one''s ever told me I''ve over-tipped...I tip the shampoo girl/guy the same, as well as my nail techs... I''ve never been to a salon where they haven''t done something I don''t like or wasn''t happy with, so I can''t give you a circumstance where I would''ve "under" tipped. [​IMG]
     
  3. qtiekiki
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    by qtiekiki » Sep 7, 2006
    hmm I''ve never tipped based on a percentage. I just give a flat tip of $10 to my hairdresser and $5 to the shampoo guy. Depending on what I am getting done, that could be more or less than 20%. My DH think I tip too much. I never really know what is appropriate.
     
  4. Sparkster
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    by Sparkster » Sep 7, 2006
    You tip hairdressers in America? I''m from Australia where tipping is not necessary. Over here it''s optional to tip - but only restaurants and taxi drivers. Who else do you have to tip over there?
     
  5. tanuki
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    by tanuki » Sep 7, 2006
    15%
     
  6. justjulia
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    by justjulia » Sep 7, 2006
    Usually 20%. I have discovered the law of dimenishing returns. That is when you find a really great place that doesn''t pay a lot of overhead (rent), you decline the hair washing part, but the hairdresser is fabulous. Then the tip goes where it should-directly to the person doing the job.
     
  7. iceprincess
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    by iceprincess » Sep 8, 2006
    I tip my hairdresser 20-25% and I usually tip the person who washes my hair $5. As a general rule, I tip 15-25% for services like getting my car washed, my pedicures, massages, and most restaurants unless the service is really stellar then I tip more.
     
  8. Madam Bijoux
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    by Madam Bijoux » Sep 8, 2006
    I tip the hairdresser 20%, but I''ve only been tipping the shampoo person $3.00. I guess $5.00 for the shampoo person would be more in keeping with today''s inflation.
     
  9. strmrdr
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    by strmrdr » Sep 8, 2006
    My sister is a hairdresser and her tips range from 0% to around 25%.
    The average is around 10%-15% she does mine for free so she dont get a tip so I guess ya could say 0%.
     
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    by ephemery1 » Sep 8, 2006
    In the nicer salons in Philly, I believe 15% would be a minimum, 20% more standard. My total usually comes to around $150, so I'll give my hairdresser $30 and my shampoo-er $5. Fortunately she does my highlights/lowlights well enough that I only need to go 3 times a year!! [​IMG]

    ETA -- My appointments for cut and color usually take close to 3 hours... I have a LOT of hair... so I figure she deserves as much as I can give her!!

    At my nail place, a mani/pedi is $30... so I usually tip $6 (20%). I know this is the average there, from asking other customers and also because when they do gift certificates, they are usually for $36.
     
  11. portoar
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    by portoar » Sep 8, 2006
    Wow! I''ve been undertipping! When my daughters get haircuts ($25) I tip $5 so that''s o.k. But mine is either a cut $50 or cut/partial highlights and I only tip $10. And my stylist washes my hair too. I''ve got to up the ante.

    I hate finding out that I''m cheap. I just didn''t know the 20% rule applied to haircuts too.
     
  12. LizzieC
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    by LizzieC » Sep 8, 2006
    At least 20% but no less than $10, no matter what I''m getting done. and usually between $3-5 to the shampoo person.
     
  13. JCJD
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    by JCJD » Sep 8, 2006
    Ummmm....... where do you all live?!? I''m in Nebraska, so maybe it''s a midwest thing, but I tip my hairdresser between $1 and $2... I suppose that''s on an $18 shampoo and cut, but wow. I''m never moving to the coasts! I also don''t color (dark dark Asian hair), so I suppose that helps...
     
  14. Scintillating
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    by Scintillating » Sep 8, 2006
    20% to Hair Stylist ($50 - $70 Haircuts, I can''t find anyone cheaper who layers naturally wavy hair well. erg.)
    I guess I''ve been under-tipping the shampoo girl - $2-3 or so. Eek.

    Scintillating...
     
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    by Dee*Jay » Sep 8, 2006
    20% for the people who cut and highlight my hair, but I've been undertipping the shampooer. Will have to fix that starting next time--she's probably the one that needs it the most too!

    25% for the person who does my manicures, but when I go in for the mani/pedi combo I just do 20%. (Have no idea what the logic is there; it doesn't even come out to a nice round number... [​IMG] )
     
  16. ivanadiamond
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    by ivanadiamond » Sep 8, 2006
    wow, thanks everyone! This is so helpful! I just went to a new salon last night and I lurve my hair [​IMG] but it ended up being a lot more than I usually spend (over $300, i almost died) and that was before a 20 % tip [​IMG] and with a discount. JCJD- I might need to move closer to you! I usually give the shampoo girl $5.00 too.
     
  17. fire&ice
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    by fire&ice » Sep 8, 2006
    We are tip happy over here. We even have tip jars for fast food cooks! They just give you your food on a tray over the counter. [​IMG] It''s gotten insane.

    That said, I tip my hairdresser about 15% - no more than that. For pete sake, she is providing something tangible & doesn''t rely on tips for income. She should do this service for the amount that is charged. I purposely tipped the shampoo person NOTHING. I don''t want someone other than my hairdresser shampooing my hair. I don''t want someone giving me a 15 minute shampoo w/ massage. I didn''t ask for it & it takes too much of MY time.

    I''m not a cheap tipper - especially in restaurants - but everyone seems to have their hand out these days. Sorry for the rant.

    Anyone in a service industry can explain why they should be tipped? I''m really curious - not accusatory. ....just trying to see the other side.
     
  18. KimberlyH
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    by KimberlyH » Sep 8, 2006
    Rule of thumb is that if your hairdresser works for the salon he/she should be tipped, if he/she rents his/her station but is considered an independent operator tipping is not necessary.

    That said, I tip my hair dresser about 15% and she is an independent operator.
     
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    by Angela1977 » Sep 8, 2006
    I''ll bite, but I don''t think it''s what you''re talking about.
    As far as fast food restaurants having a tip jar, that''s just insane. As far as I know though, most hairdressers aren''t paid by the salons (at least not the nicer ones). In fact they have to pay them to "rent" a space there, and the salons get a huge cut of what the cost of the service is. Tipping is the only way to supplement a rather dismal income. Same with servers/bartenders. When you''re making $2.13 an hour, paychecks mean NOTHING. Basically pays your taxes...I used to do the books for the restaurant I managed, and some servers actually ended up owing the restaurant money in the end...nice payday, huh?
     
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    by Scintillating » Sep 8, 2006
    I always thought it was *maybe* a 50/50 (40/60) split between the Salon and Hair Stylist?
    I hope it is - maybe that's wishful thinking.
    Around here - In Boston most good salons think of their stylist's as a real asset and draw for the salon - people tend to follow their stylists - so I really hope they are treated better than wait staff.

    Anyone know how the fee is divided?

    Scintillating...
     
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    by february2003bride » Sep 8, 2006
    I worked in a hair salon eons ago (receptionist- first job out of highschool) and the hairstylist gets 50% of the total and 30% of any products you buy at the salon unless they rent the station then they get 100%.

    My high/low lights and hcbd cost $200.00+ every 3-4 months and I tip between $15-20.00 and $5.00 to the shampoo girl. I''m not going to tip my stylsit more than that because she''s already getting $100.00 for an hour and a half of work.

    To my waxer I tip $3.00 for eyebrow waxes but I''m going to start tipping her $4.00 because she''s awesome!
     
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    by Kaleigh » Sep 8, 2006
    20% for my hairdresser and $5 for the shampoo girls. My nail tech person gets $5.
     
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    by TravelingGal » Sep 8, 2006
    20%.

    And yes, I love it that you don''t tip in Australia...I felt bad at first not tipping...it took me awhile to get out of tipping mode. Then I came back to the U.S. and just really hated tipping...[​IMG]
     
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    by ~*Alexis*~ » Sep 8, 2006
    Good thing I looked here. I am going to the nail salon after work cuz we are celebrating our anniversary tonight. (gatta be prepared right??? [​IMG]) So I am getting acrylics and a pedi. so what like 5 each right? I live in WI so they are like smaller salons but I think they own it so I dunno.
     
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    by fire&ice » Sep 8, 2006
    I completely understand & do tip generously to waitstaff. I am aware that they are paid very low wage and rely mostly on tips.

    I know it''s been customary to tip your hairdresser - but why? You are already paying them for the service.

    Tipping has just got out of hand. In the end, it stresses me & I usually end up over tipping.
     
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    by KimberlyH » Sep 8, 2006
    You and I are in the same boat, F&I. My last hairdresser was a good friend of mine as well, and I always overtipped her which is silly because she rented her station and had told me there was no need to tip. I moved and have a new stylist, who is in the same boat and I tip her as well. Both of them take on average 20 minutes to cut my hair and charge me $40 a cut, that means she''s making $120 an hour in cuts alone.
     
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    by Christa » Sep 8, 2006
    My stylist is a friend, too, and I certainly didn''t want to stiff her but didn''t want to make us both feel funny by overtipping, either, so I asked the receptionist what was typical. She said $5 is pretty average, and that was for a $25 haircut with no separate shampoo person. She rents her station in the salon. Anyone in my area? I have crazy thick curly hair and she does a GREAT job!
     
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    by fatafelice » Sep 8, 2006
    I am so glad this thread got started! I''ve been meaning to start one asking the same thing.

    Last week I went in for cut and color($200). At the time, I felt pretty good giving the colorist/stylist a $25 tip, but after I left I felt like maybe I should have tipped 20%. I don''t want her to think I am rude. Plus, my color rocks -- she did a better job than the owner, who I usually go to. Hmmm, something to consider in the future.

    I tipped the shampooer $10, which sort of felt like too much at the time, BUT it is still only 5%, and she does also act as a kind of assistant to the stylist. Maybe I should have given her more?

    Ugh! The $200 is hard enough to swallow to begin with! I remember, as a kid, my mom giving me a dollar to tip the stylist for a $15 cut. Oh, to be 8 again!
     
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    by dani13 » Sep 8, 2006
    Definitely 20%....

    I used to get my hair done at a salon on 5th ave in NYC (read: MEGABUCKS)!!!! I used to see celebs there all the time!!! By the time I was done, I could have paid half of my rent at that time spending what I did at that salon!!! I would tip the stylist, the colorist, the shampoo person, the assistant...it was INSANE!!! But those were the days when I was younger, stupid, and single, and didn''t have a mortgage or a fiance to spend my money on !!!![​IMG]

    Since then I have scaled it down a bit- I still go to a nice salon around here in NJ, but it isn''t 5th avenue...which is fine...saves my wallet a heck of alot...but I still tip the average 20% for services...
     
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