What Do You Tip Hair Stylists?

Updated on November 16, 2010
B.B. asks from The Colony, TX
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Well, I guess I asked my question! I've always tipped 20% if I'm happy with the experience and love my hair, but I remember reading somewhere that some people don't tip that since you're already paying them their price??? So I'm curious.

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Thanks! I thought it sounded strange to not tip anything, and I started wondering what everyone else did. The only time I did not tip was several years ago when a new girl did a total hack job when I couldn't get in to my regular salon (I didn't even pay for the cut...another stylist tried fixing it best she could, and she's the one who told me not to even pay for it---it was *bad*. My regular stylist told me it was the worst cut she had ever seen when I went to have it fixed). Otherwise I always tip 20%.

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answers from Dallas on

At least 20% - My hair is fairly low maintenance, so I don't go with the frequency of most people (only about every three months). That means that I usually tip more than 20% since she doesn't make as much off of me as other customers. I love my stylist, though. Love her! :)


answers from Dallas on

I can't imagine NOT tipping my hairdresser.

Not tipping would be tacky to the extreme......stylists earn tips.

I tip a minimum of 20%

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answers from Atlanta on

You are supposed to tip! Good for you for being right. I also tip 20% if I'm very happy. The least I've ever tipped was 10% for crappy jobs done by "wedding specialists." It is not okay not to tip a hair stylist.

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answers from Houston on

I'm a stylist, and yes, if the stylist owns the salon you still tip. That is a really weird belief that owner stylists don't need tips.

Some salons take steep commissions, some pay really well commissions, some pay hourly at an amazing price, some pay hourly at a crappy price, and some stylists make millions a year, while others would make better money working at McDonald's, some rent their chairs and make a killing, some rent their chairs and cry every night b/c they are broke... it just depends on the salon and the talent or sometimes luck of the stylist. But the tips are always the stylists to take home and they rely on that as their pay.

If you have a good assistant or shampoo girl, they get a tip too if they do a job well done. I assisted for a while when first starting out and a woman gave me a $20 b/c she said it was the best service ever... I was totally floored!

So yes, if the stylist does a good job, not only tip, but refer your friends to him/her! :)

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answers from Dallas on

20% or more - The girl who does my hair does a great job!



answers from Phoenix on

i go to a place called Rolfs and they have set prices for all the stylists so i dont know how much he gets out of it. I love my hair guy so i always tip 20% and if my hubby goes for it i may try and give him a little Christmas bonus!


answers from Phoenix on

$5 for a $60 color and cut. I am sure they are making money off you already


answers from Oklahoma City on

The only hair stylist i tip is my brother's ex gf (mother of my neice) but i tip her cause she charges me for less than half of what the work is worth, (30.00 to cut color style and eyebrows and my hair is shoulder length-so yes i'll tip her) but most salon's i do not....if they do my hair right and treat me like they know me and not like i'm just another head of hair then i'll consider, but normally, nope


answers from St. Louis on

Oh my gosh I love my hair stylist! I tip her a little over 20%. Shes even my friend now. Shes awesome!



answers from Seattle on

I tip like I do at restaurants:

20% for excellent work

10-15% for decent work

0% if I'm upset

My favorite stylist ever always had me book a double appointment (but I only paid for a single appointment). For her, I tipped 1/3.


answers from Sacramento on

20% or more if you intend to go back.

If you go to a salon where there is an assistant (someone other than the stylist, who washes your hair), tip the assistant separately. I usually give the assistant $5.


answers from Chicago on

Hairstylists who don't own their own shops don't really make all that much money. I always tip more than 25 percent.



answers from Dallas on

Most hair stylists, don't get everything you pay. The tips are very important.
I give good tips, becuase I have crazy thick hair. They have to spend so much time with me, that I might be taking up valuable time, for another appointment.
In a situation more standard then mine, I think 20% or more, is very appropriate.


answers from Chicago on

I always tip 20%.



answers from Charlotte on

Most stylists have to rent their chair in the salons. The salons usually have a set price, though sometimes "levels" for hairstylists exist in higher salons. Most of the time, the stylist doesn't get to set her price - it is set for her. The tip is to help her do better than just the set price, since she is paying rent whether she has a client in that chair or not.

I give around 20% for the service, especially for someone I continue to go to. I may wait to see if they do a good job a few times before going that high, but it's always at least 15%.




answers from Spokane on

Most stylist have to rent their chair for a flat monthly rate. Whatever they make pays for that first, THEN they get to take whatever's left home.

If you're happy with your stylist and s/he does a good job, then tip well.



answers from Portland on

A close friend of mine is my stylist. She PAYS just to keep her space in the salon, and then after that she gets paid from the salon. Her tips are her's to keep period. I tip her well because she does a fantastic job without fail and gives the best head/shoulder massages ever. I give her close to 30% for her tip. $10 tip on a $35 wash, cut and style.


answers from Los Angeles on

If the person doing your hair owns the salon you usually don't tip. Otherwise it's customary to tip the stylist for a job done well.

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