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Stylists Say: How Much Should You Really Tip?

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Introducing Stylists Say, where the top hairstylists in the industry answer your most pressing salon etiquette questions. Whether you’re concerned about answering your phone mid-hair appointment or you need hair stylist gift ideas for the holidays, our hair experts break down all the do’s and don’ts.

Tipping is an integral part of our everyday lives, yet it can be such a taboo topic. Just like conversations about salaries, we often find that tipping percentages are usually spoken about in hushed voices. That leaves many people wondering how their tipping habits stack up. We’re here to lift the veil of secrecy off how much you should tip your stylist.

We’ve created a simple guide explaining exactly how much you should be tipping your hairdresser.

How much should you tip your stylist?

15 percent to 20 percent:

15 percent is the absolute minimum percentage you should ever tip your stylist. It is on the low end of the tipping scale, so it is only truly acceptable under a few circumstances. If you’re trying out a new stylist and aren’t sure if you’ll return, you can tip 15 percent. However, consider tipping closer to 20 percent if like your haircut so much you’re positive you’ll come back. When you treat your stylist well, they’ll be sure to return the favor.

If your stylist turns you around to face the mirror and you can’t stand your cut, it may be acceptable to tip 15 percent. However, you should first explain to your stylist what you don’t like about your hair and see if there is any way to fix or alter your style. If nothing can be done, tip 15 percent.

If you feel like your mane is so butchered that you don’t want to tip at all, it’s time to voice your concerns to the salon manager.

20 percent to 25 percent:

20 percent is the most common tipping percentage in the hair industry. Tipping anywhere from 20 to 25 percent is a great range for anyone who is a salon regular or just received a haircut they love. Tipping properly is a great way to strengthen the relationship with your stylist. The percentage range will convey to your stylist that you are pleased with their services—not to mention encourage them to continue to create killer hairstyles customized to fit your face and lifestyle.

25 percent and beyond:

Tipping more than 25 percent is the secret weapon to your favorite celebrity’s flawless hairstyles. If you can afford it and believe your stylist deserves the extra praise, feel free to tip more than 25 percent.

Going above and beyond what is expected of you is a great way to let your stylist know just how much you appreciate them and their craft. Tipping more than 25 percent is not only an incredibly nice thing to do, but also inspires your stylist to continue to create flawless haircuts and styles.

What’s the best way to tip?

Whenever you can, tip in cash. Banks often charge processing fees that eat into your percentage. Tipping in cash will ensure you tip exactly what you want to, every time.

How much should you tip salon assistants?

Often, your stylist isn’t the only person to handle your locks during your salon visit. If someone assisted your stylist, it is acceptable to tip them anywhere from $5 to $20 depending on how involved they were.

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