The Mystery Of Salon Tipping
QUESTION: I was wondering if you could enlighten me with regards to tipping in nail salons and beauty shops. Is tipping different if the owner of the shop does your hair or nails, or is tipping the same?
ANSWER: Here are my guidelines for salon tipping:
*Tip between 15 and 20 percent, but never less than $5 -- unless the service was terrible. For example, on a $15 manicure or eyebrow wax, I'll still tip $5 even though that comes to more than 20 percent because I think it's cheesy to tip less than a fiver.
*Tip the same percentage regardless of the person's position in the salon. I might even tip an employee more than an owner, because they probably rely on tips more. Plus I'm kind of a pinko like that. Owners or senior stylists often charge more anyway, so their tips might be bigger, but it's still 20 percent of the bill. If the bill is really big, I tip closer to 15 percent. For example, if the bill is $200, I might only tip $30 -- not $40.
*Tip more if the owner (or anyone else) has gone out of their way to fit you in, for example, an after-hours appointment.
*If you get several services done on the same day (like an eyebrow wax and a haircut) make sure the person that performed each service gets the appropriate tip.
*If you are paying cash, you can slip the waxer $5 bucks and the hairstylist $10 (or whatever the appropriate amount is).