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This Is Exactly How Much You Should Actually Tip Your Hair Stylist

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 5/22/2019 April Franzino, Sam Escobar
a couple of people standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: How much to tip for hair salon services like haircuts, bang trims, hairstyling, hair color, and more with this handy guide from hair professionals. © Getty Images How much to tip for hair salon services like haircuts, bang trims, hairstyling, hair color, and more with this handy guide from hair professionals.

A trip to the salon is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and have a chat (or not!) with your stylist while you get a fun new hairstyle. But when it comes time to pay, there's always the slightly awkward moment: How much do you tip? And who should you tip? We asked salon pros to tell us what they expect - or at least the norm. Spoiler alert: It all depends on what service you're getting, plus special circumstances detailed here.

How Much to Tip for a Haircut, Style, or Color Service

"If you are in a salon, plan to add a 20% tip," says Clara Leonard, hairstylist for Book Your Look, who adds, "you can always ask the front desk what the standard is." This includes haircuts, hair color services, and styling (such as blowouts and updos). Note: Many stylists prefer cash so their tip is separate from the bill - and it isn't taxed.

How Much to Tip Your Salon Assistant

Sometimes it takes a village to get a killer 'do, so don't skimp out on the salon assistant who washes your hair or helps throughout your service. But one thing to remember: Your stylist may be tipping the assistant out at the end of the day or week, so you can add that to your overall tip, asking that they share it.

Or just tip the assistant separately: "There are a good amount of people who also tip a couple of dollars to the assistants, which is always nice and really appreciated," says Sierra Bowling, a longtime salon receptionist.

Tipping for an In-Home Styling Session

If you book an in-home blowout, updo, bridal party, or styling service via a salon or through an app, Leonard recommends paying them through the service provider, then tipping 20% in cash in person.

Tipping for a Bang Trim

Many salons offer free fringe touch-ups, but still, you may want to reward your stylist for her efforts - in that case, pass on a couple dollars. Paid for a proper trim? "I recommend tipping 10% on a bang trim," says hairstylist Erick Orellana of Salon Republic in West Hollywood, California.

How Much Should You Tip a Friend Stylist?

Got a friend who's a talented stylist? Consider yourself lucky, but don't forget that this is how they make their living. "If you are getting a cut or color from a friend and you know that they're giving you a discount, up the tip to 30% in cash," advises Leonard. Otherwise, 20% is fine.

Should You Tip if You Don't Like Your Haircut?

If you were clear with your stylist about what you wanted and communicated to them that you weren't happy after your hair was done, but your stylist refused to alter your hair to your liking, then a smaller tip is merited. But if you didn't tell your stylist that you disliked like your hair nor gave them a chance to fix it, then deducting from their tip doesn't make much sense.

Feel too awkward to say anything? Check out these stylist-approved tips for communicating your feelings in a respectful way. If you head back to the salon to get the style fixed, etiquette expert Peggy Post recommends paying a 15 to 20% tip to the stylist, especially if they adjust it for free.

Should You Ever Tip More Than 20% at the Hair Salon?

There are certain circumstances when tipping more than 20% is a good idea, says stylist and HAUS Salon owner Charlie Brackney. He recommends adding a little extra if you're a new client and the stylist is spending a significant amount of time on your consultation and design, if you're doing an intensive transformation (i.e. going from blonde to brunette), or if it's a holiday.

And if you're running really late to your appointment or you've brought rowdy kids along to the salon, tipping a few extra dollars is a nice gesture that shows your stylist you care about their time. Lastly, you can also tip above the going rate if you feel like you received exceptional results and/or service.

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