5 Important Tips for Tipping Your Hairdresser
The practice of tipping began in the 1500’s as a way to recognize those in the service sector. However, the word “tip” was not coined until a hundred years later, and was used to mean giving a small present of money. This custom of rewarding servants was established in Europe but is now a standard all over the world. There is great variation in the etiquette of tipping depending on the country in which you are located and the service professional that is being considered. This article will review five important hints for tipping your hairdresser.
Who Should You Tip?
The consensus is that the person styling your hair is providing an important service and definitely deserves a tip. You should also reward anyone else who participates in the process. In larger salons, the staff may work as a team. There could be a different person washing your hair, setting your hair, and trimming and styling your hair. You can tip each of these individuals separately, or leave the tip at the service desk to be split among the group.
The Perfect Amount
Most current information indicates that you should use the same percentage with your hairdresser that you use for a server in a restaurant. The first studies relating to the proper tip percentages were conducted in the late 1900’s and early 2000’s at Iowa State and Brigham Young Universities. The result was the current 15 to 20%. Tipping.org, the original tipping site, breaks down the perfect tip amounts in the following way:
|One Operator||Several Operators||Manicurist||Owner||Shampoo Person|
|15-20% of bill||10% to person who sets hair; 10% divided among others||1$ to $2||None, unless he/she styles your hair||$1 to $2|
However, there is a caution that the chart is simply a guideline and you should use your own judgement to make the decision of how much to tip. You can tip as high as 20 to 25% if you are really pleased, if the stylist performs special services like coloring, perms, or extensions, or if the service takes over an hour.
What About the Shampoo Person?
It has already been mentioned that the shampoo person should receive a tip. But there is so much variation regarding the recommended amount that this deserves a separate category. Tipping.org and CNN Money both suggest that $1 to $2 is standard but other sites list amounts up to $5. This really depends on whether or not you receive a massage or special conditioning with your shampoo.
Tipping the Shop Owner
There is some disagreement about this, but most state that if the shop owner is also an operator, that person should receive a tip. This should be standard practice unless the owner directs you to do otherwise. This is especially true if you frequent the same salon and the owner is the person who styles your hair each time. The rate should be the same 15 to 20%.
Tip In Cash
Whether you pay your bill by credit card, check, or cash, the tip should always be in cash. Businesses may pay a fee for accepting credit cards and including the tip amount with your overall payment makes it more difficult for each individual to get their fair share.
In today’s world, giving a tip is a way to express satisfaction with a service. If you receive service that exceeds your expectations, you should give a larger tip. Conversely, if the service is poor, then a smaller tip or no tip at all would be appropriate. You now have some hints and guidelines but the final decision is totally up to you.