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At the Salon: Who gets tipped?

June 14, 2018 3 Comments

Q: At my salon there are different people who work on my hair: One for shampoo, one for color and one for styling (cutting). Do I tip each one? How much should each person receive?

A: Yes, you should leave a tip for each person. Typically you leave $2-3 ($4-5 if you’re at a more expensive salon) for the shampoo person. For stylists and colorists tip the customary 15-20 percent. You can let the receptionist know how much you are leaving for each person, and she’ll take care of divvying it up. If you have questions about tipping you can always ask how it is usually handled at reception or inquire with the person who helps set up the appointment.



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    Nicole Morris

    June 14, 2018

    Are you required to tip if the owner is your stylist?

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      June 14, 2018

      Traditionally, it was not expected. Today, it is pretty common to tip an owner operator if they are preforming the same service as an employee at the salon. If you think that they might be offended if you offer a tip you can always ask if they accept tips first. You can also ask the person who books your appointments how the owner feels about tipping.

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    June 14, 2018

    I will tip the shampoo person first and foremost all of the time! Many times (not always) their salaries might be somewhat lower than the others, and I do know the others require more skill…but I enjoy talking to my shampoo person so much! She does so much for my comfort as well. Thank you for answering a great question!