Tipping At A Salon Or Spa: When, Who, And How
If “tipping etiquette” freaks you out- have no fear. We’re going to teach you who and how to tip appropriately.
What is a normal tip for services?
A tip should typically fall within the 15% to 20% range. (This is before tax is added.) If the service provider either did something out of the ordinary or did something that took a great deal of time (such as major make-overs, color correction, etc.) you might want to consider leaving a larger tip.
Who else should you tip other than the person who performs the service?
At a salon, you should tip the person who shampoos your hair ($5) and the person who blow dries your hair other than the stylist ($10). It is not necessary to tip the receptionist or someone who brings you a drink.
Should I use an envelope to put the tip in or just give the to to my stylist?
If the spa or salon provides envelopes for tips at the front desk, it is customary to use them. Write the name of the person the tip is intended for, as well as your name (or the person who’s suppose to be giving the tip.) Don’t write the amount on the envelope. You can leave the tip at the front desk, or hand it to your service provider. Your choice.
If my service provider is the owner of the salon or spa, should I tip him or her?
I always ask the receptionist what custom is for tipping him or her when booking my first appointment.
How much should I tip if I don’t like the service(s) provided?
If you are unhappy with the service, first talk to the person who performed it. If you don’t receive a satisfactory answer, speak to the manager and/or owner (depending upon the particular salon or spa involved). Most reputable places will stand behind their work and try to make the client happy. In these instances you have to use your own judgment. My rule of thumb is to leave some sort of a tip (nothing too insulting) if I’m even considering returning. You may want to ask for guidance from the manager/owner if its gotten to that point. Even if you decide not to tip the service provider, you should tip people like the shampoo person.
At holiday time, should I give my service providers a holiday gift?
To some extent it depends upon your relationship with the service provider, but a gift is always appreciated. An extra envelope with cash is an option and often the preferred one. However, depending upon the person a more personal gift may be well received. For instance, I often give wine to people who I know enjoy it. Just think about his or her likes and dislikes when selecting a gift.
Story adapted from www.beautysurvival.com