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Tipping Your Stylist: How Much To Give And How To Do It

Heading into the salon for a fresh cut and color and not sure how much you should tip your hairdresser? We’re breaking down everything you need to know.

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 to tip your hairdresser. 

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

What is the average tip for a hairdresser?

15 percent to 20 percent:

While tipping is in no way mandatory, hairstylists often rely on tips to round out their take home pay. Taking that into account, we believe 15 percent is the absolute minimum percentage you should tip your hairdresser.  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 you 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 or 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. 

How much should you tip for a service?

If math is not your forte (don’t worry, we rely on a calculator too) here’s a little cheat sheet:

Wondering how much to tip for a $100 hair color service? A 20 percent tip is $20 and a 25 percent tip is $25. 

Not sure how much to tip on a $200 hair service? A 20 percent tip is $40 and a 25 percent tip is $50.

Searching for how much to tip a $50 hairdresser service? A 20 percent tip is $10 and a 25 percent tip is $12.50.

Should I give my hairdresser a holiday tip?

If you have an appointment booked during the holiday season, you may be wondering if you should give an extra holiday tip. If you and your stylist have a standing appointment every six to eight weeks, it is a nice idea to include an extra generous tip around the holidays. While the gesture is a great way to get on your stylists “nice” list, a holiday tip is by no means expected. 

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. 

Looking to book an appointment with a hairdresser that is sure to give you a style worthy of an amazing tip? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you. 

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