When it comes to tipping hairdressers, most people are clueless. How much should you tip for a $200 service? What about a $50 service? Is there a standard percentage that you should use no matter what the cost of the service is?
Here’s how to figure out how much to tip hairdressers, plus a bonus little list of suggested tipping percentages for different types of services.
How Much to Tip A Hairdresser?
When it comes to hairdressers, you should always tip them based on the total cost of the service. For instance, if you get your haircut and styled for $200, you should tip 20 percent which would be $40. If you only got a trim for $50, then you should tip $12.50 which is 25%. The general rule of thumb is to always tip 20% for hair stylists!
How To Calculate The Tip Amount
So you’re not a math whiz and are still unsure of how to calculate the tip amount. It’s simple, just take the total cost of the service and multiply it by the suggested tip percentage in decimal form.
For example, if you had a $100 massage and the suggested tip percentage is 20 percent. Simply multiply $100 by 0.20 to get $20. It’s that easy!
Still can’t do it? Google can help. Using the example above, just type “what is 20 percent of 100.”
A List of Suggested Tip Percentages
Not sure what the suggested tip percentage is for different types of services? Here’s Consumer Reports’ list of some common services and their suggested tip percentages
– Hair stylist: 20%
– Massage therapist: 20%
– Manicurist/pedicurist: 15-20%
– Food delivery: $0.50-$25, depending on the size of the order
– Bartender: 15-20%, or $0.50-$100 per drink, depending on the quality of service
– Taxi/Uber driver: 10 to 20 percent of fare
-Furniture Movers: 5 to 10 percent of the cost or $10 to $20 per person.
-Restroom Attendant: $1 to $2.
-Valet Parking Attendant: $1 to $5.
Who to Tip And When
Now that you know how much to tip, you might be wondering who else you should be tipping and when. Generally speaking, you should only tip service providers who have provided you with a service. This includes but is not limited to hair stylists, massage therapists, manicurists/pedicurists, food delivery people, bartenders, and taxi/Uber drivers. You should also tip these individuals when the service is rendered, not after the fact.
What To Do If You’re Unhappy With Your Service
If you’re unhappy with the service you received, there are a few things you can do. First, you can speak to the manager or owner of the business and explain your concerns. They may be able to offer a discount or refund for your service. If that doesn’t work, you can always file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
Alternatives To Tipping
If you’re not a fan of tipping, there are a few alternatives you can try.
You can always ask for the service providers’ contact information and reach out to them directly to let them know you appreciated their service. You can also leave a positive review on the business page on Google or Yelp. You can spread the word to your friends and family about how good the service was and hopefully bring them some additional business.
While tipping might not be mandatory, it is always appreciated by service providers. So next time you get your hair cut or your nails done, remember to leave a tip! Your stylist or manicurist will appreciate it.
Tamila McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service, including five years as a military financial advisor. After retiring from the Army, she spent eight years as an AFCPE-certified personal financial advisor for wounded warriors and their families. Now she writes about personal finance and benefits programs for numerous financial websites.