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by not tipping my hairdresser

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BooCanary Sat 19-Oct-13 13:10:18

I've been going to the same hairdressers for years.
She is lovely - she is not only a great hairdresser but we get on really well and I really look forward to seeing her.

She's not cheap (£60 - 80 for colour, cut and dry/straighten) but worth it IMO.

BUT I have never tipped her. I think she gets paid enough. If she was getting paid £30 - fair enough, but it seems daft (and a bit patronising) to tip her a few quid on top of the £80 I've just paid. My DM tips her hairdresser but she only pays about £15 for a quick cut.


RevelsRoulette Sat 19-Oct-13 13:13:44

No. You don't have to tip anyone.

Is she the owner of the business or does she just work there? That would be a factor in my decision. If she was a low paid worker that just happened to work for a company that charged me £60 then I may give her a tip. If she was the one charging me the £60 then I probably wouldn't. iyswim.

BooCanary Sat 19-Oct-13 13:20:53

It's her business Revels.

NotScared Sat 19-Oct-13 13:26:45

No you're right.

If it was a member of staff or the shampooer then ok but she's getting enough cash from you.

RevelsRoulette Sat 19-Oct-13 13:26:53

oh well, then no, I wouldn't tip.

Svrider Sat 19-Oct-13 13:53:08

I never tip any hairdressers etc
IMO the price you pay is what's advertised
I don't buy petrol and then add 10% to the bill shock

Weeantwee Sat 19-Oct-13 13:53:10

I've never tipped my hairdresser. I pay her £35 to trim an inch off my hair and tidy my layers about once every 3 months. My mum has always tipped her hairdresser, but she also gives the binman a tip at Christmas so I've always thought it a generational thing.

WMittens Sat 19-Oct-13 14:10:27

I don't buy petrol and then add 10% to the bill

Bit of a crap example - tipping tends to be added for services, not products. If you're filling your car yourself, then no, obviously no one to tip; if a pump attendant fills your car then there's a potential tip market.

Nanny0gg Sat 19-Oct-13 15:47:10

If it's her business then no, no need to tip.

But do bear in mind that the £60-£80 isn't profit and doesn't go straight in her pocket!

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 19-Oct-13 15:49:07

£60-£80 for cut,colour and blow dry is not expensive.

I would tip if they were very good and do as I have asked. Otherwise not a chance.

RegTheMonkey Sat 19-Oct-13 16:49:16

The salon owner does my hair so I don't tip her. I tip the junior who washes my hair though. I remember someone telling me that you don't tip the salon owner

AnythingNotEverything Sat 19-Oct-13 16:56:26

I don't tip my hairdresser. I don't tip anyone who has trained to do their job.

I do tip taxis and waiting staff.

LaGuardia Sat 19-Oct-13 17:20:10

tipping tends to be added for services, not products

I am a nurse and no-one tips me.

amawhoisayiam Sat 19-Oct-13 17:32:17

I have tipped lots of times but I don't really want to, even after I haven't been totally happy with my hairdo. Too soft I know!

mrspremise Sat 19-Oct-13 18:42:28

itip my hairdresser because I really like her and don't think she charfes enough for the quality of work she does.make Also because she cuts my dcs hair and does it really well and they are bloody nightmares and I want to kill them at the hairdressers lol

FuzzyWuzzywasaWoman Sat 19-Oct-13 18:55:03

Our HCA's are on low wage, they offer fantastic service. They never get tipped, not even with chocolates.

YANBU I never tip.

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 19-Oct-13 19:44:37

My hairdresser owns the salon - she works from 8.30am to 7pm and later on Thursdays and Fridays every single week; week in and week out on her feet all day. I have known her for years and been her client for years and know how much she has struggled and how hard she works.

She is a fantastic hairdresser and incredibly nice and hardworking. I pay £49 for a cut and blow dry, £100 for a half head of highlights with c&b £140 for a whole head. I go every 6 to 8 weeks and every other time have either a half head or whole head.

I have never thought twice about tipping her. A fiver for a C&B and usually a tenner if I have highlights.

We are in SW London and for a fantastic hairdresser I don't think her prices are unreasonable.

The bonus of course is that if I need a blow dry or a bit of a trim at the last minute because I have to go to a function with DH - she always manages to fit me in and she gets pretty booked up but she always makes a little space to help me and my hair when I need it most. That is worth all the tipping in the world to me.

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 19-Oct-13 19:47:17

Whenever a member of my family has been in hospital and has been afforded good care and kindness I have always made it my business to drop by with a tin of a biscuits and a letter of thanks to the CEO. I might always be the first to complain when the service is crap but I am also the first to offer a bouquet when it is great.

Coupon Sat 19-Oct-13 19:59:36

YANBU. The custom of tipping is rather confusing. I'd rather just know what the price is and pay it.

NewbieMcNewbie Sat 19-Oct-13 20:15:31

I have never/would never tip a hairdresser.

Hate the tipping culture.

MinesAPintOfTea Sat 19-Oct-13 20:17:40

I've asked this before: how do you tip a hairdresser? I'm too british shy to feel comfortable trying to give extra money and don't know when to do it blush

NewbieMcNewbie Sat 19-Oct-13 20:18:06

Marriedinwhite, if she's putting in those hours, charging those prices and owns the business, she's making a pretty tidy living.

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 19-Oct-13 20:49:55

With pretty tidy outgoing in a SW London salon Newbie - I doubt she takes home much than an average wage.

WMittens Sat 19-Oct-13 22:15:30


I am a nurse and no-one tips me.

I never said all services receive tips, I just stated the preference of services over products.

How often is a bill presented to a patient? I assume if you're work for the NHS, almost never; if private healthcare, the majority of fees will be dealt with via insurance. Does a bill or invoice get presented to the customer in that situation, or do they fill in their insurance details on an admission form?

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Sat 19-Oct-13 22:16:37

Yanbu. I don't tip.

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