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How much should I be tipping my hair stylist? Just started at a new salon where they specialize so I have a colorist who does my highlights (takes about 2 hours) and a person who cuts, blow drys and styles my hair (takes about 30 minutes.) The cost for both is $ much should I tip each of them? Also occasionally, one of the helpers will wash my I tip this person, too? If so, how much?

Thu. Jan 11, 4:47pm

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Well I have no idea if what I do is "right" or not, but I add 15% to my payment at the end of the appointment. If my stylist wants to share it with anyone who helped her, then she is welcome to do that. Also, at Christmas, I add in a gift of cash that approximately equals the value of each of my 6-week cut & styles. I am curious as to what others do. Thanks for posting the question.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 4:56 PM

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Hmmm, this is 4:56 again. I think I could have been more clear about my Christmas gift. I add in a gift of cash that approximately equals the value of ONE of my 6-week cut & styles.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 5:00 PM

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20%. Unless you want someone to chop off your hair.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 5:05 PM

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I add 15-20% of the amount that the stylist charges for her service, and give it to her in cash. If you give it to them in cash, they can decide whether or not to declare the earnings; if you add it to your credit card, they'll get it as part of their paycheck, and Uncle Sam will get 20%-30% of what you gave them; I think of tipping as a "gift" in exchange for their hard work; the payment is the "salaried" part. That's why I choose cash.

So, before my appointments, I try to be sure to have cash. You can always ask the register people for change.

Also, I give the shampoo girl around $3. $5 if she gives me a good scalp massage. I figure she's got to be making less than the stylists; why should I leave it up to them whether or not she gets some extra money? She probably needs it more than either the stylists or I do.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 5:09 PM

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Next time you call for an appointment, how promptly will you want to be scheduled in?

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 5:37 PM

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Wow! So I should be tipping $30 for $150 in services? Seems like a lot. Don't know why it seems like a big deal for this but not for the servers in a restaurant. I guess because I assume that hair stylists get paid a decent amount more than below minimum wage waiters and waitresses.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 5:40 PM

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I tip 20 - 25% to my stylist and two or three dollars to the shampoo woman. My cut and color are around $100 and I visit every two months. I have never given my hair stylist a holiday tip. I have given him little gifts. I just learned of this holiday tip tradition (tip equal to one visit) this year and considered giving him more .... but the fact of the matter is that he makes as much money as I do - maybe more - and I don't see why I should give him $100 at the holidays. Am I wrong?

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 6:14 PM

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Wow. Really glad this is not something I have to worry about. Had no idea this kind of stuff was so criminally priced.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 6:20 PM

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im a hair stlist/owner of a salon and tipping is always interesting. depending on how much experience will depend on how much the stylist makes but it is NOT minnimun wage. so tips i think are more geared twards how you felt about your service. and if you put it in a charge or a check it is not always put into the pay check. it is up to the stylist to claim their tips and the owner to claim what they gave to the stylist to the irs. i had a client come in the first time i did his hair he laid down a $20 and said do you know what that is? i said a $20 he said no its your you know what tips stands fro ..i said no ..he said " to insure proper service. if you do a good job you will get it all..if there are things i dont like will come out of the $20.....he was from NY salon is in Mn..he got his hair cut every 2 weeks and his nails every week..i never forget what my tips mean

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 8:57 PM

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about holiday tips... I haven't been to my stylist since september but am going this weekend. so i haven't given her a holiday tip. does anyone think i should give her one now or did i get away with it by not going to her over the holidays?

i usually give 20% tips and a dollar or 2 to the girl that washes my hair.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 9:16 PM

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