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How much should I tip my hair stylist?

  • Emmi, NYC
  • 7 years ago

My friend says 15%. I typically tip my hair stylist 10% but that's because the total bill is like $220!

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I think I'm a generous tipper. I give my haircutter 10-12 dollars for a 40 dollar haircut. I was annoyed recently because I gave her a generous gift for her first child to be born, plus a 12 dollar tip, and not even a thank you in the mail or by email. My friends tell me they don't do that anymore, but that's how I grew up. It's just common courtesy. I want to stay with her because she's a great cutter, but maybe not be so generous anymore.
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Many years ago (before they were called "stylist") this was a low pay industry. Now they make excellent money, often more than individuals with a 4-year degree. In addition, they often over book their time and I will be forced to sit and wait on them after my color has processed and a shampoo person has done the shampoo. I think the shampoo person should receive a couple of bucks because they do not make much money, but the tipping is out of control. Stylist want to say they are "professionals", but if you accept tips, no you are not. Also owners should not be tipped, even though most want to act like they should receive them. I tip my stylist because it has become mandatory if you want a decent job on your hair...but it is a rip-off. Also do NOT expect a gift at Christmas.....if anything, the stylist/shop should expect to do something for customer appreciation....nothing of high cost, just a token "thank you for your business".
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My husband is self employed as am I. We have to pay for our health insurance and come up with our own retirement funds. I teach Zumba (independently so have to rent a facility, manage my own funds and sometimes teach at a loss) and have had many tell me that I've changed their lives by helping them get their blood pressure down, diabetics A1C levels under control and weight loss for others. For those hairdresser out there that complain about being on their feet 8 hours a day, I'm not only on my feet I'm putting lots of energy for each class I teach (3-4 classes of Zumba, 1 class of kid's Zumba and a Zumba Gold class) As for training I've put my time in working with a dance company and college. I also continue dance training for my Zumba Instruction to bring new dance styles to my classes. Hairdressers training is just that. It's a skill that has been learned as with many jobs. To dis-regard other jobs comes across as arrogant and ignorant in my opinion. Many jobs require "special training" either by college degree or training on the job. No job should be cut down so shame on you for doing so. And....YOU chose this career. So to sit and whine about having to touch people-I don't feel sorry for you. As with any of us, if you don't like your profession find another. With all this said, I think that either its straight across the board (all those that deal with the public providing a service should receive a tip) or eliminate tips. I love my hairdresser and do feel she does a good job, but hate when I'm expected to take my hard earned money and give it to her just because it's expected and give her a present at Christmas just because it's common to do so.
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It is not the same, nor should an educated trainer have to be told this, that standing in one position vs. moving around has the same affect on the body. Shame on you.
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P.S. It sounds like YOU are complaining about YOUR Life choices. Some people have gifts, like hair cutting, and some just find something they like, as with Zumba you can get online for free. From someone putting both daughters through PhD's where they WILL change lives of from-birth handicaps with NO tax help from your fledgling attempts at small business and minds, and probably make way-less than you could EVER imagine...
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I'm a nurse and on my feet 12/hrs straight w/1/2 hr lunch. No one's tipping me.
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Nurses, LPN's & aides in hospitals work their butts off & r one of the biggest service providers & R NOT TIPPED. I think salons should post what percentage the hairdresser is paid for the service and should be tipped based upon the time and not the cost of the service. As I said previously: color cost is very high in salons & most of the time they don't spend more time with the customer than the one who cuts. & don't talk about training because I believe it is harder to learn to cut than to color & A LOT HARDER TO TRAIN TO BECOME A NUTSE!
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you should always take 15 to 20 percent of the total bill to your stylist depending on how happy you are if the service was good 18 if it was okay 15 if it was great perfect 20
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What does that even mean? Most people have crappy jobs that don't pay enough and don't have health insurance. Most people don't expect to extras in tips on top of expensive styling anyway. I'm a good tipper BTW, I just hate when one employee at a salon wants to act like they are the only one with problems.
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I just hate the bashing going on here about tipping. If you could only run my schedule for one full day, you would clearly understand how tipping is appreciated. It's hard work trying to make people happy all day long. I'm actually very lucky ........i love what i do and i work in a moderate~priced salon. We are very fair to our clients. From the beginning of time certain services have always involved tipping and i truley believe in only tipping according to the satisfaction of the service. If you all would like to recieve tips then stop complaining and go to cosmetology school.
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I don't think there is bashing going on, I think it is just people commenting on tipping percentages & I don't understand the overall comment regarding same. My job involved making many people happy & most jobs people have to pay for their health insurance. My comment was regarding those who do color only, where most r getting 40% of the cost
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I understand your comment better now.
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The salon I go to is upper end & charges $165 just for highlights. (The actual product costs less than $10; I was told that by my sisters friend who is a hairdresser?). That includes having ur hair washed when u r done & does not include having a blow out. It takes less that 10 min to mix; 30-40 min to apply; then u sit & wait while they check on it over a 30-40 min period. Than someone else rinses it out, shampoos. $165. So for less than an hour, even if they only get 40%, that is $66/hr. w/o tip. 15-25% on top of that? It seems a bit outrageous. Blow out $30-40 from someone else. No problem with 20% there or $3-5 for shampoo person. Cut & blow out is $65; again no problem. But the colorist? Come on!!!!!
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I'm a stylist/therapist who listens to people like you all day long ,standing on my feet for 24 yrs. trying to make people happy (unlike yourself). Not an easy job and very tough on the body. Not too many perks in this job either. So enjoy your retirement while we save for ours!
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What color line is your salon using? Do they maintain the integrity of your hair? It took your stylist two years to get to a point where they could do foils that fast. Do you know the proper mix and chemicals for your hair? Tip, or try it at home and see what happens...
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I understand you're on your feet all day and having to deal with customers. But please don't act like doing hair is difficult. It really isn't. Some of the dumbest girls I know do hair. I'm not trying to insult you, but you need to take a step down and stop acting like your job is SOOOO HARDD. There are plenty of other jobs/careers that are much more difficult and take much more intelligence. Also, many hair stylists call themselves "Professionals". Professional services require special training in the arts or sciences. Cetain professional services require having a professional license; for example: architects, auditors, engineers, doctors and lawyers. Other professional services involve providing specialist business support to different size businesses in any sector; for example: tax advice, accounting, or management advice. Those are professional service jobs that are much more difficult than cutting hair.
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I understand you're on your feet all day and having to deal with customers. But please don't act like doing hair is difficult. It really isn't. Some of the dumbest girls I know do hair. I'm not trying to insult you, but you need to take a step down and stop acting like your job is SOOOO HARDD. There are plenty of other jobs/careers that are much more difficult and take much more intelligence. Also, many hair stylists call themselves "Professionals". Professional services require special training in the arts or sciences. Certain professional services require having a professional license; for example: architects, auditors, engineers, doctors and lawyers. Other professional services involve providing specialist business support to different size businesses in any sector; for example: tax advice, accounting, or management advice. Those are professional service jobs that are much more difficult than cutting hair.
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If it is so difficult, why don't you try doing it for a living? Cosmetologists and barbers require professional extensive licensing and hands on testing through the state. As well as advanced training through salons and mentoring programs even after they go through trade school. It requires as much as work and trainin as any other profession. Treat it as such.
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I said it wasn't difficult. Why would I try cutting hair when I can make more money doing what I do? To have the job that I have you need a masters degree not an associates degree like a hair dresser or barber has. I'm sure there might be some difficult tasks (like foiling or different cutting techniques) but I'm positive the job is not as complex as many other jobs are.
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Huh? I am on the "side" of hairdressers standing all day on their feet in few positions. I was looking for PROFESSIONALS to give me an idea of what my 90-year old mom should be tipping her salon. I made a comment pro-hair stylists, though I am absolutely AGAINST cosmetic surgery for anyone not having been in an accident, and now I get THIS as a REPLY? This forum SUCKS! Ya'll can go to Hades with your animal-testing crap! (I KNOW: ya'll will have to look that big word up on the dictionary: H-E-L--!)
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My theory is the more expensive the hair service, the lower the tip. A $12 haircut? Sure, here's $4. A $200 haircut? $15 is more than reasonable. Any hairdresser who expects a $40 tip is out of his/her mind. And you never tip the owner. That is beyond tacky. The whole idea of tipping is just stupid and annoying. Just charge what you think is a fair price for the service and be done with it. And spare me the sob story of how much school and supplies cost.
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You probably had some bad experiences. I'm sure your one of those that have never liked their hair either. There is only so much a hairstylist can do for ugly. So if "you" are always unhappy with the results maybe you should do something about....you should think twice about feeling ""tacky"""
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Is English your first language?
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I was looking for something else and ended it on this forum by accident. So funny when people ask "is English your first language", as if English is the only language in the world... I normally respond "No it's no, but I speak fluently 6 other languages" shall we give it another try in other language?
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Awww angry hairdresser.
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