I took a poll last week to see what you all had to say about tipping your barbers, hair stylists, hair artists, and hairdressers. The poll arose after a conversation with some friends on the topic. I was surprised that we disagreed over the proper amount to tip. I had always assumed that it was a pretty general rule.
So, I decided to ask you, dear readers, what you thought.
The votes were few, but the poll results were overwhelming: 75% of you tip your hairdressers 20%.
Is this right? How much are you supposed to tip your hairdresser?
Ding ding ding! You were right, my savvy friends. According to the queen of etiquette herself, Emily Post, it is appropriate to tip hairdressers from 15%-20%. And, um, not to contradict Ms. Post, but 15% seems kind of chinzy to me. Just sayin'. So, let's call it 20%, shall we?
Some of you may be thinking, "But my cut AND color are expensive. Am I supposed to tip 20% of the TOTAL? Eek!" Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes; that total reflects the work performed for you, and is the amount from which the tip should be calculated.
Here's another wrinkle: I clearly recall my mother telling me that you weren't expected to tip the hairdresser when they own the salon. She was so certain of this that I chased down an answer for this nuance of the broader question. What I found: It wasn't expected/comfortable to tip the hairdresser-slash-salon owner in the past, but it is now expected that you do so, unless they have clearly stated otherwise.
So, mom was right, but things have changed a bit, so continue to tip your hairdresser 20% even if they own the salon.
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Do I tip anyone else?
Lest we all start feeling like ATMs as we waltz around the salon, handing out tips to everyone, I hasten to add that there is one more person who should receive gratuity during your time at the hairdresser. This is the shampooer. The shampooer should receive $2.
Why? Because it's their job to wash people's hair all day, and they just washed yours.
As every postmodern girl on the go knows, having the right hairdresser is right up there with drinking enough water. It's hard to do, but worth the effort, and once you achieve it, it's awesome. So, a shout-out to my friend and hair stylist, and happy tipping to you all.
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