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Salon Tipping Etiquette: How Much to Tip

Find Out How Much You Should Really Be Tipping at the Salon

Tipping is a custom that allows you to express appreciation for a job well done. But when it comes to salon, spa, and nail services, it can be hard to decide who and how much to tip — especially on a color job gone wrong. And while tipping is at your discretion, here are a few suggestions on amounts to give in a variety of circumstances. See the guidelines below.

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bmac81 bmac81 3 years
How do you tip for something more ummm personal..like a Brazilian Wax? Should that be different than the standard 20%?
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
 @Andrea2938713 I know it can be overwhelming! Another thing you can also do is give the receptionist a lump sum tip and ask him or her to break it up among the staff for you. 
Andrea2938713 Andrea2938713 4 years
So let's say I get my hair shampooed by a shampoo person, and then my hair cut by my regular stylist, then a hand massage by a hand massage person. That means a $2-$5 tip, plus a 15-20% tip, plus whatever tip the hand massage person gets? That's a lot of tipping. 
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
This is super helpful! I have heard before that I should tip more than 20% for haircuts, but that always seemed absurd to me, and I've always been worried I was undertipping. Glad to know I'm not.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
 @BriannaLovesKaty It can definitely be awkward. Whenever I travel in places that have gratuity built into the cost of the service (whether it's lunch or a haircut) I always feel calmer.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
 @BriannaLovesKaty I can imagine how strange it sounds to you! I think we're just so used to it here, although it can get a little confusing (who to tip/how much, etc.).
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
 @Christina Perez Hi! Yes, I'd say about 15 to 20 percent. Glad you liked the post!  
Christina-Perez Christina-Perez 4 years
This is so helpful! Would you recommend the same for the nail salon?
BriannaLovesKaty BriannaLovesKaty 4 years
Living in New Zealand, I always find tipping to be such a strange concept. I'm sort of thankful we don't have it here, seems awkward!
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