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How Much Should You Tip For a Free Salon Service?

How Much Should You Tip For a Free Haircut?

Stylists just starting out need practice on their cutting and coloring skills, often offering up their clients free services in the process. (Score.) But then there's the tip to consider — and that's just what one Sugar reader recently wondered about. "I've booked a hair appointment for my boyfriend at my salon as a hair model and it is free of charge. How much should he tip?" she asked. "It's at the salon I go to, and he needs to make a good impression and leave a reasonable tip," she added. To see what I think, just keep reading.

For complimentary services, I always tip based on what the service would cost if I was paying full price. For apprentice-level stylists, tip based on what the starting price for a haircut would be. And if you're feeling particularly kind, throw in an extra dollar or two. We all start somewhere, right?

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Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
Anonymous, I think in that case you are probably safe just doing the even swap — especially since the owner is doing the services.
JamieUK JamieUK 5 years
I really like that you've touched on this! Yes, everybody starts somewhere and people in the service industry always rely on tips!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
Good, i was just wondering about this. I got an AWESOME deal on a cut, colour, shine treatment at a fancy salon and dind't know how to tip!
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