Any time you enjoy a customer service, such as dining out, you're expected to leave a tip-a trip to the salon is no exception. It is customary to tip your stylist, manicurist, masseuse or anyone else you encounter at the salon. Not only are you following proper protocol, you'll probably find yourself back in their chairs in the future, and you want to make sure those professionals are happy to see you and give you quality results.
In general, a good rule is to tip 15 to 20 percent of the service cost-20 percent is fairly standard in big cities, while 15 percent is often the norm in smaller towns. However, if you're getting your haircut and colored and have a separate colorist and stylist, you should tip each separately based on the cost of their service. Also, if someone else shampoos your hair, you should leave $2-5 for him or her on your way out.
Sometimes there's a special circumstance that would make a larger tip appropriate. For example, if you think you got service that went above and beyond what you expected, you can give more-maybe your stylist cut your long hair into a gorgeous bob or your pedicurist spent extra time massaging your feet. And if your salon ever squeezes you in for a last minute appointment, you should consider throwing in a couple extra dollars to show your appreciation. Also if you go for a bargain mani/pedi special, you could still calculate your tip based on a full-priced treatment.
On the other hand, if you ever have a service performed by the salon owner, you aren't expected to tip at all, though most owners won't refuse if you insist. And you may want to give a small gift like a bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers during the holidays to say thanks for their hard work.
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