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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!

charleybarley Sat 24-Nov-12 20:38:57

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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.

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