Tipping hairdressers...

(52 Posts)
TinTinsSexySister Sat 24-Nov-12 19:00:27

I've just been to a new hairdressers and had lovely haircut but nice lady but there was no tip box and I paid by card, so no discreet way to tip.

I find this kind of thing EXCRUTIATING. How much should I have left her and what is the best way to do it?

I had half head highlights and a cut, so was £134.


xmasevebundle Sat 24-Nov-12 19:08:38

I just tip them directly! I always do, i say-

This is for you thank you very much.

TinTinsSexySister Sat 24-Nov-12 19:10:00

Thanks! How much would you give, as a percentage?

MrsRogerSterling Sat 24-Nov-12 20:10:30

I had half head of highlights and a cut this week. It was £78 and I gave her a £5 note as I had paid by card and that was all I had in my purse. Plenty enough, I've seen the car she drives!!

miche8 Sat 24-Nov-12 20:13:44

I don't think people need to tip any more, the only time we tip now is when abroad.

bonzo77 Sat 24-Nov-12 20:14:08

About 10%. Put it in her hand. Unless its the salon owner. In which case nothing.

Funnylittleturkishdelight Sat 24-Nov-12 20:16:24

my hair cut is £25 (such a bargain) and I always give a £5 tip as I seriously love my hair dresser- she even opens up the salon for me sometimes!

suebfg Sat 24-Nov-12 20:31:22

I don't tip but it's because my hairdresser is very expensive - £50 for a cut and blow.

mamaonion Sat 24-Nov-12 20:36:43

I'm always baffled by this. I ALWAYS tip for eating out, but its not clear at all what's expected at hairdresser and if I've spent circa £150 it seems 10% is a lot. I'm not tight, this is a lot of money to me though! So normally I don't. Also who do you tip, junior, colourist, stylist? All 3?! I know some people just tip junior as they're on rubbish money!

Honestly I feel so awkward and confused I don't tip unless its Xmas!

mamaonion Sat 24-Nov-12 20:37:43

Also I would tip a fiver too if it were £25! Or even 75!

£110 for a cut and intensive conditioning treatment.

I then leave (in cash) £15 for the hairdresser and £5 for the junior.

Butterfly1975 Sat 24-Nov-12 20:55:23

Wow charleybarley shock

I'm also confused by tipping these days. I always tip in a restaurant because I know waiting staff often rely on tips but not sure about hairdressers because the hairdresser always washes and cuts my hair - no juniors in sight!

It's enough just paying for my haircut these days which has gone up to £40 in the local salon. I have stopped tipping because I can only just about afford that but feel really embarrassed about not leaving anything.

BestIsWest Sat 24-Nov-12 21:27:50

I always tip 10% or so and a bit more at Christmas. I find it excruciating but I know it's appreciated. I never know whether to tip beauticians though. I had my eyebrows threaded and tinted today and felt awkward at not tippng.

Viperidae Sat 24-Nov-12 21:36:50

I feel very awkward at tipping so don't bother usually but give a generous tip at Xmas.

Mominatrix Sat 24-Nov-12 21:43:08

I give the tip to the hairdresser directly. I give 20% as this is normal in the States. Would be curious to know what is normal in the UK ( am too bashful to ask).

ConfusedandBemused Sat 24-Nov-12 21:43:37

Why should you tip hairdressers, I don't get it, it's not like they are not getting paid! I'm a teacher....the students don't tip me for a well taught class!

Speedos Sat 24-Nov-12 21:48:55

I don't tip hairdressers as mine is really expensive anyway and I feel awkward so just pay by card. I actually lived in this country 8 years before I even knew people tipped hairdressers!

ohfunnyface Sat 24-Nov-12 21:52:08

confused, do you not tip waiting staff?

I believe the service I get from my hair dresser is above the worth of what I pay- therefore I'll always tip (and 20%) more at christmas with a gift for the whole salon to enjoy.

Hairdressers can be poorly paid and work long hard hours, I like tipping for what I think is good service. I wouldn't tip a hairdresser whose service I didn't think warranted it.

ginmakesitallok Sat 24-Nov-12 21:52:16

Lasst time I got my hair done the owner cut it (lady who was meant to be doing in called in sick) and another lady coloured it. I left £5 for lasy who cut my hair. owner disn't get anything - he earns more than enough!

I do find it awkward though - usually pay by card and never seem to have any money in my purse.

PuffPants Sat 24-Nov-12 21:52:49

You paid her the £134 she wanted. Why do you feel you need to give her more? I don't get it...

LittlePandaBear Sat 24-Nov-12 22:35:24

I don't tip in hairdressers - I also feel like I pay enough in the first place and even 10% is a lot money wise. I think that if the hairdressers want more money then they should just put in within their prices, which they seem to do! If I get a good service then I'll come back, so surely that's good enough? My hairdresser is lovely so I hope I haven't offended her by not tipping!

I'm not sure where to draw the line though with tipping - I always tip in restaurants, and taxi's and pizza delivery drivers but then shop staff are poorly paid and no one tips them do they?

Mominatrix Sat 24-Nov-12 22:40:25

I tip because I know that the hairdresser is only getting a fraction of the money I am being charged, and they are not, unless a celebrity dresser, not very well paid. I appreciate the care and effort made to give me a haircut with style and which suits my face. After getting a few bad haircuts in the past, I know the value of a good cut!

TinTinsSexySister Sat 24-Nov-12 23:07:15

Gosh! I am so glad everyone else feels awkward about tipping too and that there is mass confusion, so it's not just me.

TBH, I feel like £134 is a lot of money and another £10 or so above that makes me feel even more "gulp!"

However, I'm aware it's not the best paid profession and presumably the low wages are justified by the employer promising tips on top?

I do wish it was just included in price though. Would be so much easier.

ggirl Sat 24-Nov-12 23:13:50

i used to tip about 10%
I can't afford to now so I don't.

kaumana Sat 24-Nov-12 23:16:09

This is why I'm glad my stylist left the salon and went free lance and comes to my house. OK I may make the coffee and there are no mags but I pay almost half and no tip.

skateboarder Sat 24-Nov-12 23:21:51

I do tip my hairdresser but I don't pay anywhere near £134! If I did pay £134 I wouldn't be tipping. Or if I could afford that much money on my hair, I would probably tip £5 as what's another £5.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 24-Nov-12 23:26:23

I don't tip as a rule, although when she fitted me in for an emergency blow dry before a wedding without an appointment I tipped her then. And I always give her a bottle of wine and a box of chocs the last time she does my hair before Christmas.

hortensemancini Sat 24-Nov-12 23:48:57

I had a semi-permanent colour, cut & blow dry yesterday; whole thing came to £61, so I left £5 for the stylist, £3 for the colourist and £1 for the shampoo girl.

I wouldn't tip the salon owner if he cut my hair, though.

fedupofnamechanging Sun 25-Nov-12 07:47:25

I was chatting to my hairdresser once about the costs to him of running the salon. The council tax bill was astronomical and the council didn't even remove the cut hair - he had to hire a separate company to get rid of all business waste. Rent on the shop was also very high. In the end he had to move out of town, which then has the effect of cutting down trade even more, because no one is just passing and pops in. So, if I was tipping, I would tip the owner if they happened to be the one cutting my hair.

That said, I disagree with the concept of tipping generally. Staff should be paid decent wages and prices should be up front and clear. No one should have to rely on tips to get by and in continuing with this system we just encourage employers to pay shitty wages and cause embarrassment for customers, who are not sure what is appropriate.

Shop workers etc work just as hard and are not well paid and they don't get tips, which it isn't fair.

exoticfruits Sun 25-Nov-12 07:52:17

I never tip hairdressers- I hate the whole concept of tipping.

Flutterbutterby Sun 25-Nov-12 08:03:29

Same as ggirl.

CountryBelle Sun 25-Nov-12 09:30:23

Same as flutterby and confused.

EIizaDay Sun 25-Nov-12 11:42:56

I don't tip as a rule. It's an outdated practice and makes people feel awkward. Employers should be paying decent wages but if people keep tipping this won't happen.

wisecamel Sun 25-Nov-12 11:50:10

I always tip my freelance hairdresser and always have - she's been coming to me for about 10 years. I've never asked her about it, just slightly awkwardly given her the money. For 10 years. Far too British to have an actual conversation about it!

EIizaDay Sun 25-Nov-12 14:03:59

Wisecamel, you see I really don't understand that. Someone tells you how much she charges for doing something and you pay her more?! shock FOR 10 YEARS shock

I don't tip my hairdresser. I feel awkward about tipping all round. I tip at restaurants and in taxis, but that's it, and I wish the custom of tipping them would die a death. Prices should reflect the cost.

And as for the excuse that "tipping ensures good service", in the case of waiters/waitresses etc. good service should be expected and they should lose their jobs if they're rude. What about others who serve the public? (checkout staff, shop assistants, bank tellers and many others) Why do we tip some and not others?

mamaonion Sun 25-Nov-12 19:08:36

It is confusing, does anyone tip shopping delivery? I never have but dh thought he was maybe lingering for a tip the other day. And apparently neighbours said they rip bin men at Xmas and have extra stuff taken away, whereas mine rubbish ends up strewn across street so tbh why should I tip them angry

Mrsrobertduvallsaysboo Sun 25-Nov-12 19:27:49

I give mine £10...pay about £100 every 6 weeks for cut and roots.

Yes, we tip the Ocado people, but Waitrose will not accept them.

We also tip the binmen - put it in a thank-you christmas card taped to the bins.
Same also for people who do regular work for us, window cleaner, pest-control, house-keeper, gardener etc.

mamaonion Sun 25-Nov-12 19:53:56

Charley barley I'm wondering if you move in elite circles? We have window cleaner (Xmas tip double pay) and cleaner who I buy a personal gift for as i lnow her well, but alas housekeeper and gardener are beyond us grin

mamaonion Sun 25-Nov-12 19:55:07

Out if interest what do you tip ocado? Mine just leave it in hall! A pound or 2?

Definitely not elite circles, whatever they are are, grin.

We tip the Ocado guy, £2.

linoleum Sun 25-Nov-12 20:09:54

I ALWAYS tip a fiver, but then my current hairdresser costs £19 for cut and style grin. I'd still tip if more, and used to when I paid an extortionate (for here) £50 for the same. I hand the tip to the stylist after I've paid and say thankyou. I tip the barber who cuts my sons hair too, a couple of quid. Only time I haven't is when the cut has been crap, and then I've not gone back either.

ajandjjmum Sun 25-Nov-12 20:19:42

I leave £10 with the person who takes the money, and ask them to sort it out between the people who've looked after me.

I find it so embarrassing I only go to the hairdressers every few months!! grin

wonderstuff Sun 25-Nov-12 20:33:07

I tip cheap hairdressers, a fiver or whatever is in my purse - sometimes I don't have anything in my purse, so I tip a bit more next time or if she does the kids hair. I find it terribly embarrassing. If I pay more than £50 I don't tip - I figure I'm paying enough. No idea about beauticians - never have tipped, don't go very often..? I always tip waiting staff and taxi drivers.
It never occurred to me to tip Ocado!

TinTinsSexySister Sun 25-Nov-12 23:15:24

I'm supposed to tip Ocado?! This is some kind of --middle class--nightmare.


I am pleased to find others find it as difficult as me, but wonder why something hasn't been done about it if we, as a nation, find it so awkward?

I wish tipping did not exist. We're not made for it we really aren't.

It looks like I should have given her more too. blush

EIizaDay Mon 26-Nov-12 07:41:17

Looks like I'm the only one that doesn't tip waitresses as a matter of course either. I didn't realise I was so rare!

mamaonion Mon 26-Nov-12 11:36:26

Careful Eliza they might start spitting in your soup wink

No lets not start tipping ocado- safety in numbers, middle class revolt

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Nov-12 11:37:55

I tip £5 to stylist and £5 to highlight guy. The whole thing costs a fortune.

I don't tip Ocado. Angst!

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 26-Nov-12 11:45:52

I pay about £130 for cut and colour and don't tip - I think I pay quite enough! If I went to a cheaper hairdresser I would tip though as I imagine they are paid less. I always tip when I get DS's hair cut.

I don't tip my hairdresser, I pay enough for a cut and blow dry thank you very much!

EIizaDay Mon 26-Nov-12 12:00:52

I don't tip the Sainsbury check out chick either. Am I a really bad person?

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