Q. For years I went to the same hairdresser and tipped her approximately 15% plus a holiday tip. Recently, we moved and I now go to a hairdresser that happens to own the salon. I read that it is improper to tip the owner of the salon but feel awkward not tipping. I make a point of buying hair products each time I am there in lieu of a tip but I still wonder if I am insulting my hairdresser.
A. If the owner of the salon charges more for his/her services than other stylists in the salon charge, you do not tip. If he/she charges the same, then you do tip. If you aren’t sure, call and ask the receptionist if there is a difference in rates depending on who your stylist is.