Salon Tipping Etiquette
“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” -Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
Tipping can be considered the ultimate conundrum. Traditionally tips have shown appreciation, but today workers rely on tips as part of their salary. According to COSMO, “tips are a hundred percent up to your own discretion. While tips are absolutely encouraged, they aren’t exactly mandatory.”
Etiquette suggests tips range between 15-20% when dining out; Stopping at the bar for cocktails and apps or an afternoon pick-me-up from the barista? You guessed it, 20%!
Not good with numbers? Here is an RM ‘How To’ TIP… Find the total on your bill, move the decimal point to the left one place, round up, double that number. Voila, 20%!
The etiquette for salon service tipping goes something like this:
- Tipping your RM stylist or colorist is an extension of gratitude for their services; As a general rule, consider a 20% gratuity of the service fee.
- Extended Services: If you spend more than 3 hours on processing or treatments, consider tipping closer to 25%.
- Bang Trim: If your stylist doesn’t charge for bang maintenance, etiquette suggests a $10 – $20 tip is appropriate.
- Salon Assistants: From shampoo to blow dries, salon assistants are the heart and soul of a salon; recommended is a $5 – $10 gratuity.
- Holidays: Spread a bit of holiday cheer with a thank-you for salon services- etiquette suggests 30% instead of the traditional 20%.
Cash is always appreciated, don’t forget to stop by the ATM before your appointment!