Even as someone who’s been going to hair salons for the past decade or so (wait, am I old?), I still get hella anxious when it comes time to tip my stylist. Like, yes, it’s pretty much the same thing as tipping a server or a delivery person, but something about tipping your hairdresser feels uncomfy—partly because the whole interaction is so friendly but mostly because I never know how much is the right amount. Like, do you tip more if you got a full head of highlights versus a quick trim? Do you tip your stylist and their assistant the same amount? Do you just run out of there and hope you never see them again?!
So, to settle things once and for all, I went ahead and made the ultimate guide for tipping your hairdresser, ’cause no one wants to leave in a panic. Check it out, ahead, and prepare to show up to your next hair appointment fully equipped.
How much do you tip for hair color?
First things first: Remember, tips are a hundred percent up to your own discretion. While tips are absolutely encouraged, they aren’t exactly mandatory. That said, the general rule of thumb when it comes to tipping your hairdresser is at least 20 percent—whether you got a major haircut, a basic trim, or a blowout. That means if your haircut cost $60, your tip should probably be $12 or more. And remember: Salon assistants (rather than your actual hairstylist) usually shampoo and condition your hair, so ask the receptionist how tips are divided to make sure the assistants are getting a cut. If they’re not, it’s common to tip them $4 to $5, depending on your service.
When it comes to hair color, though, it’s always nice to keep in mind how many hours you spent at the salon. IMO, if your hairstylist is spending more than three hours highlighting, bleaching, or dyeing your hair, you should consider tipping closer to 22 or 25 percent—especially if you love the end result.
Should you tip for a free bang trim?
Ah, the age-old debate: How much do you tip your hairstylist for free (or quick!) services like a bang trim? As with any tip, there’s no set rule—but it’s always good to remember that even though your service might have taken your stylist 10 minutes, that’s still 10 minutes out of their schedule, so tipping $5 to $10 is always a nice gesture.
BTW: Not all salons accept credit/debit cards for gratuity, so it’s always smart to stop at the ATM before your appointment (0r call ahead and ask). I can’t even count the number of times I’ve forgotten cash and had to make an extra trip back to the salon to pay my stylist—it’s not fun, y’all.
Wait—do you tip hair salon owners too?
Again, it’s totally up to you, but if you are super jazzed about your haircut/color and really loved the salon experience, it never hurts to throw in an extra tip for the salon owner. And, yes, if the salon owner was also your hairstylist, they should still be tipped at least 20 percent (just because they’re the owner doesn’t mean they don’t deserve and won’t appreciate a tip for their services).
Should I give my hairdresser a holiday tip?
You can probs guess my answer (are you sensing a theme here?!), but again, there’s no right or wrong way to tip your hairdresser for the holidays. If, for example, you see your hairstylist every single month, it’s a super-nice gesture to throw them an extra tip—say, 30 percent instead of 20 percent—for the holidays (kinda like a lil thank-you for an entire year’s worth of services). Stylists don’t expect or require this, obvi, but it never hurts to show a little extra love (and $$$) during the holidays—or, TBH, whenever you can.
Even though tipping is completely personal, it doesn’t have to be weird or awkward. General rule of thumb: Tip your hairdresser 20 percent, but if you can/want to go higher, by all means do. Just remember that no one is expecting anything—how you tip is up to you and your relationship with the stylist.
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