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What Is The Proper Tip?

The service industry can be a crazy world, where certain things are never discussed. Today’s Taboo topic is tipping. Quite often my friends/clients are asking how much they should tip their stylist/colorist/nail girl/assistant/waitress/delivery boy.  Now I know walking into a salon you can be bombarded with who and what to tip. Sometimes it seems like 55 people do something for you… Are you to tip them all? … Would be nice, but is not necessary… Here is an easy breakdown of how to tip. You should tip your colorist/stylist/nail girl/ 20% if you like your service and your end result (meaning how good it looks) if you are not happy with your service but love the end result you should tip 18%… If you’re not happy with the end result you should say something!… You should tip your assistant between $8-$20 depending on how much work they do on you and how much attention they give you IE: coffee, prep you for stylist/colorist, greet you and make you feel welcomed, a great shampoo. Assistants make minimum wage so really depend on their tips. Sorry to say this ladies but tipping someone $5 and under is not cute and is tacky if you’re wearing any sort of diamonds or designer brands… Just saying! …. The tricky part is sometimes 2 assistants or more work on you… Here is the break down .. You should tip 1 assistant for every Technician you see .. So if you see a colorist you should tip his/her assistant same as a stylist…. Now if you see a colorist and have 2 assistants work on you it would be nice to tip both between $8-$20 but technically you can split the tip amongst the both of them as we try to only have one assistant work on a person to prevent this situation from happening but we aren’t always in control, especially on a busy day. Now on to your waitress, she works hard for the money give the bitch 20% That’s $1 for every $5 so devide that check by 5 and there you go! … If she is bad still give her $20 and then complain to her or management or both. Delivery boys should get $4 bucks minimum depending on where they are traveling from. The further they travel the more you should tip…. My rule of thumb is $1 for every item you order IE; 2 eggrolls, bag o’ ribs, veggie fried rice, an orange soda, and they are 3 blocks away equals $5 …. If you have any questions feel free to email me and I’ll help you figure out your tips.

2 comments

  1. Selena

    What about the salon owner does your hair? I've heard you don't tip if they own the place. Is this correct?

    1. Marko

      It isn’t mandatory but I say, if someone is giving you good service you should always tip

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