Unlike many businesses, if you have a good haircut experience, you are going to want to make sure that you build a relationship with the person who gave you that haircut. This means that you need to tip them properly. Here are some general rules when tipping a hair stylist so that you can further your relationship and make sure that your hair looks great in the future.
1. Tip Based on What You're Comfortable With the Stylist
Many people don't know if they like their haircuts for a few days after they get it. They need to wait for the shock to wear off and simply get used to looking differently than they used to. As a result, it can be difficult to convince yourself to tip 25% for a haircut from someone that you just met who gave you a service that you're not totally sure you like yet. Essentially, if you don't know your stylist well and are just starting out, feel free to pay 15%. If you know the stylist better and have developed a relationship with him or her, tip around 20%. This will allow you to ensure that you are able to further your relationship and that properly thank him or her for the services that they provide.
2. Tip Based On Who You Bring
Another essential rule is that you tip based on how annoying your overall presence is to the salon. If you have to bring your small child and constantly stop the haircut to entertain him or her or have the people at the salon act as informal babysitters, then you are going to need to make sure that you tip more. You essentially made your stylist's job more difficult and therefore need to pay him or her for that fact. Consider paying between 25% and 30% if you bring your child.
3. Tip the Shampooer
If you go to a large hair salon, chances are good that someone else is going to shampoo your hair. You need to make sure that you tip this person separately because there is no guarantee that the tip you pay to your stylist will result in anything going towards the shampooer. For shampooing, paying between $2 and $5 is acceptable, depending on how much that person does for you. If that person just shampoos and rinses, $2 is fine. If that person adds toner to your hair and exfoliates your scalp, then more is appropriate.
For more information, talk to your beauty salon.