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4 Reasons Why Tipping Your Hair Stylist Should Be A Part Of Your Budget

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  1. Tipping really is American culture lol!

    I don’t tip. I mean we already discussed a price. If you need or want more just let me know.

    But if she sells like beverages or snacks, I will buy them tosupport

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    1. People HATE to pay for SERVICES. They’ll spend $1000 on a bag by a designer that won’t even pay to advertise to them, but will loathe to pay a SISTER in her COMMUNITY to make her look beautiful.

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    2. Jonnel Ford says:

      And I’m tipping why? If the booth rental/chair rental is high then they should fix their prices!

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    3. Brandon Hall says:

      Because you short change yourself in your prices, someone should guess the appropriate difference from you short changing yourself and give it to you? Is that the correct understanding

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    4. xoNecole.com says:

      That probably wasn’t meant to be funny but I laughed at if she sells snacks

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    5. Miiss Gayou says:

      What if they have to pay their chair right. I don’t see the problem. The hair stylist are the one fixing their prices. They should include everything in it. No freaking tip. They are already expensive enough

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    6. Yomaira Colossal yes.

      But my stylists either own a salon or work from home. So if they want more money they can just ask me or raise their prices.

      Besides that tipping isn’t really part of European culture

      I don’t mind doing it but it’s not a standard thing to do.

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    7. You do realize in a salon they have to pay for their chair right?

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  2. If you charging me the same rate as a mechanic would to fix my car, then I am not tipping you. I don’t care how good you do my hair. I just feel people who charge hella much for something that isn’t world changing shouldn’t expect a tip. If you can afford that extra tip, do you. I know I cant on my budget.

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    1. Nicole says:

      I am already paying my hairstylist full price for a service. I am not tipping her on top of that.

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  3. Lilly says:

    Hahaha at the memes and gif’s used in this post. I was having a rough day, and they made me laugh.

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      Haha glad to make you smile. =)

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  4. Why don’t they just add it to the cost ?

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  5. I tip anyone who gives me a service especially if it’s good even the cab man

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    1. Unfortunately some don’t give it thought

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    2. Kiah McBride says:

      You’re doing better than me! lol Well Uber includes gratuity so that’s mainly what I use for transportation outside of my own car.

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  6. Funny we do not tip where I’m from (Europe/South America). If I have a nice driver of course I leave him something extra.

    But it’s NOT required and they should NOT expect it. I mean if I pay you your price it’s a done deal. I don’t owe you more. Has nothing to do with being greedy.

    The first time I went to the US I had a hard time with this “rule”. I’m now more used to it. But that comes from the fact that we aren’t required to tip anyway.

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      Yeah I lived in Spain for a few months and tipping wasn’t required in restaurants. But they also got paid more so they didn’t rely on tips for income. It is hard for those not from the U.S. because they’re not used to tipping.

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  7. Elle Bee says:

    I dont because these bitches in miami be charging an arm, a leg AND a penis

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  8. Mallory Erre says:

    The most professional service providers I’ve ever used don’t accept gratuities. They charge what they think their service is worth and that’s that.

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  9. Jerikà Wren says:

    We need a side eye emoji added to the new like button option.

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  10. DeeDee says:

    I tip, sometimes I over tip. But if my stylist is late, no tip for her. Don’t respect my time? I won’t respect your pocket lol

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  11. i always tip. $5 or so for a wash. more for more services. just like any other service industry. the better customer you are, the better service you will get in the long term

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      Great point! Everyone benefits in the long run.

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  12. Omg! Goes without saying! Who doesn’t tip?! I normally leave $15-20. My stylist has been doing my head since I was 21 and I’m now 33-)

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  13. Tipping your hairstylist is a must, mostly if there slaying your do .

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  14. Not all the time because I am already spending a good amount of money when she does my hair

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  15. Tone Bee says:

    I’m a notorious overtipper. You do a great service then you get 18%-20% from me. However, my stylist (who works out of her home) charges over $250 for installs. Plus she has a wash and braid girl. That’s a lot to tip. So now I only tip the wash girl. My stylist will continue to survive. Especially when I see her stunting on IG. #IJS

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  16. When I was permed and went yes I did tip but now that I only go to get my natural hair in kinky twists and spend over a hundred dollars on the style and close to a hundred on the hair, no I do not. And she understands completely and I also have referred several new clients to her as well.

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      Well that’s what one stylist said, if you can’t/don’t want to tip, at least show love in the form of referrals and reviews. So definitely not a bad trade off!

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  17. I know how you feel girl. I swear they make up their prices by the day and their mood. One woman charged me $25 to braid my hair a couple weeks later it was $50 then had the nerve to make faces when I didn’t tip her. If she didn’t pick up her phone and chit chat, stopping every couple mins it wouldn’t of been such a long process.

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  18. Exactly smh tip sounds like tax if you’re paying $100 or more for a style that is the damn tip

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  19. Nope. I’m guaranteed customer every two weeks.

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  20. Nalani says:

    That should be reflected in the prices.

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  21. Kay Dané says:

    Yes, usually $5… or more if my hairstyle is on point and slaying

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  22. Yes and very well! My Nail Girl too!

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  23. I am a licensed hair stylist and YES . You should ALWAYS TIP . At least 2$ ….. Hell something . I don’t care if you had to get it done in their house for awhile. . . If they are doing a good job/ you goin on the regular and need them . . . Hey , just go on and consider your hair care as another bill ( tip included) !!!! This will show the hair stylist that you appreciate them !

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  24. I was lol. My husband was saying he didn’t know he was supposed to tip until I told him

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  25. Bee says:

    I don’t usually tip, but I am scheduled to get my hair done every two weeks and I pay $50 for a wash and style. I tip when I get my sewn in. Is that wrong? Maybe I should start tipping at least $5 every time.

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      If you feel comfortable not tipping then I say it’s ultimately up to you. I tip because I know what it cost to be an entrepreneur and for people to THINK you’re making a lot when you’re really struggling lol. Plus an extra $5 – $10 isn’t a big deal. Gives me an excuse not to go get some fast food I don’t need to begin with lol. To me it’s about budgeting just like you would do anything else.

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  26. I’m paying $200+ for a sew in and not to mention all the add-ons I love my stylist but hunny, that gratuity is included…when doing my natural hair I do tip, meaning if a wash n set is $35 I bring a $50 dollar bill n tell her keep the change…

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  27. Erica Shanelle Spicer, I do value my beautician and I appreciate her but if I am paying anywhere from $150-$200, you should not require a tip. I have bills and expenses as well and when I do my regular 9-5, no one tips me for doing my job, I just get my regular paycheck on Friday. I don’t think I am being cheap because I assume the beautician factors in her fees for all of her expenses and thats how you guys come up with the rates

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      That’s real the more you pay for the service the harder it is to tip. I think the key here is to remember that they’re self-employed, meaning that they are paying additional costs on top of what the average person pays in expenses (e.g. bills, taxes, etc.) Because as an entrepreneur, you pay 30% in taxes as opposed to 15%, you pay your own healthcare fully (not partial because they dont have an employer paying anything), there’s no retirement benefits. There’s no benefits whatsoever outside of what they pay for themselves. I’m not a stylists but as a freelancer that cost adds up very quick. A trip to the hospital can cost you thousands as opposed to 100s. I’m sure they do factor in their expenses, which is how they live but I think their point was that they’re not pocketing a large amount they may just break even so tips aren’t mandatory but appreciated.

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  28. Kisha Irane says:

    I tip at least 20% to anyone providing me with a service.

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  29. I tip woman who shampoos and roller sets my hair $3 and the woman who blows my hair out and styles it $5.

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  30. Ashley Blue says:

    Sometimes I tip 5 or 10 if I got it and my hair looks extra cute

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  31. Bria Dione says:

    I don’t tip my hair stylist and NOT bc she is my cousin and it’s NOT bc I myself is licensed but simply put hairstylist create their own prices so WHY would you not charge based off of the amount of clientele, how often they frequent you and the price of your product? I mean that’s just practicing good business sense 101. People who normally get tips are people that don’t make that much i.e. waitresses, that is understandable but to tip the person that sets their own prices??? Why don’t we start tipping the President of McDonald’s as well? He has to purchase those GOD awful meat patties, LOL. And mind you I just went out to eat, my bill was $107.00, I left a $40 tip. Tipping is nothing but I work hard for my money so I have enough sense to tip accordingly.

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      I think that’s a good point. Having good business sense does make a difference. But I will say that it also depends on where you live. In some areas you can’t charge ridiculous prices because they know the clientele can’t afford that. So yeah they may be able to charge more but they would lose clients who no longer can afford them. So it would probably still balance out to being what they made before.

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  32. Kyla Ky says:

    I always tip, I feel weird not doing so. However, natural hair salons are not cheap so I don’t think I tip as much as I should. I usually tip $5 or $10 when I go to a hair salon.

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      I think any tip amount is appreciated, as it’s not mandatory. So if $5 to $10 works for you they can’t complain!

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  33. Yes but If they charging like $500 to install the weave and I ain’t even buy the hair yet what do you think … Should I tip *i normally do but this happened to me*

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      I’m honestly not sure why you would need to spend $500 to install a weave. I’ve had great weave installed for $150 ($300 if you include the cost of 3 bundles). But to pay $500 just for the service alone and that not include the weave? That sew in better last a year lol

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  34. If I am paying between $150-$200 to get my hair done, then I won’t tip but if I pay $100 and under, then I will tip. I personally dont see it as a mandatory thing because I am sure when the hair stylist came up with the rates, they factor in everything. Please provide some feedback as it would be helpful ☺

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    1. Kiah McBride says:

      It’s not mandatory, just recommended. From my understanding the rates are based on both the shop’s base rates (which likely factor in overhead costs) and whatever the stylist chooses to add additionally. So some stylists cost more than others. But as they also have to pay for all of their products/materials and act as an entrepreneur a lot of them aren’t pocketing much. You don’t see too many stylists living lavishly unless they charge a lot for their services.

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  35. Devonna says:

    I ALWAYS tip my stylist for all those reasons listed above and always add a little extra when those special little somethings get thrown in (usually my trim). The other major reason I am sure to tip is because I see too many women skip out on doing so and I know what a blessing it is to find someone who doesn’t leave you bald!

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  36. Atikinmai says:

    I feel horrible if I’m unable to leave a tip…that’s a good point to factor it in your budget. I would rather tip for a more expensive hairstyle because it’ll last longer and it’s an investment where as a wash & set can be a weekly expense

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  37. Jess says:

    I tip in food. The benefits of having a hairdresser in your family. 😀 (SN: repor is spelled rapport)

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  38. JMMK says:

    I tip my hairstylist. I feel I should if she does a great job on my hair. As I’m getting older (and busier) I’m really valuing my time more. Time is money. When I’m in the salon for 8 hours trying to get my sew-in because my stylist is doing other clients in between doing my hair, i don’t feel I should tip (but I do)…even if my hair does look good. After 8 hours or should look amazing!! Not to mention she keeps upping her sew-in price. After THAT long in the salon, I’m not sure I should be paying full price for the sew-in. I’ve even been late to work due to this. Not to mention, she keeps trying to change the days she does sew-ins and they are days when I can’t get my hair done because I have to work & I would need to be available to be in the shop the whole day because I don’t know if it’s going to take 2 hrs or 8. if I don’t work. I don’t make money to give to her. Mind you, she’s late for my appointment 85% of the time or moving my start time back the day of the appointment. i have been a loyal customer for YEARS. Following her from shop to shop. Giving out referrals. What do you think about tippimf on my situation?

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  39. Gabby says:

    She wrote “building a good report” … Pretty sure ts “rapport.” Just sayin.

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  40. WorkingStylist says:

    I find it interesting how much resentment some people have toward tipping in general. As a working hairstylist for the past 9 years I can assure you people have the wrong perception of what this industry generates. First off, stop assuming that your stylist has control of their prices, I don’t and any other stylist who is an employee working on commission only doesn’t either. I make 0$ an hour, I only generate income from service provided, although I’m required to do duties that typically one would be paid for outside of services. This is a typical business model for the industry and you’ll have tough luck finding something different outside of a chain salon which is a whole other animal. Averaging out my years income, as a commission stylist who had to pay for an education and is required to be licensed, I make roughly 9$ an hour. That is my base pay. I’m a committed stylist, with a large clientele. I do what I do because I love it, and I love my clientele. However unfair it is employers are allowed to continue paying these abysmal wages because of the social contract that implies the difference will be made up in tips. This isn’t an entry level job where no education is required to perform it and I personally find it unfair it is treated as such. Until the government acknowledges us as more and enforces employers to pay a fair wage they won’t because it’s obviously more profitable not having to pay an hourly rate and pass it on to the customer. I know it can seem painful to tip on higher priced service but keep in mind they are usually priced this way because they require a longer time allotment. Tips aren’t required but I guarantee your stylist truly appreciates them, I know I do, without them I don’t think I could sustain my career in the industry.

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  41. Brittany Joy says:

    My stepmother is my hairstylist and I get my hair done every week and I still tip her. If it’s not in your budget, don’t get your hair done.

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    1. Jonnel Ford says:

      It’s not about a budget it’s more so preference.

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  42. I’ve been tipping my hairstylist for 15 years. There may be those days I need to get my hair done and I may not have the money and she still does my hair done. There are those days I may need her to come in on her off day because I have a special event or I’m going out of town. She will do that and, because she does, I always compensate her for that. I give her birthday presents, she gets a Christmas bonus, and I support any special event she has. My hairstylist always looks out for me and I make sure I look out for her as well.

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    1. And you are the type of client we break our backs for. We’ll come in early, stay late, come in on days off, bump other appointments, come to your home or allow you to come to ours. We recognize your gratitude and we appreciate it.

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  43. Sometimes…if I have enough! It’s not like they make $7.00 like waitresses. They easily make $75+ an hour…Ha! I wish I made that.

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    1. They have to pay for their chair etc

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    2. $75 an hour? Nah. $65 for a style. 50% to the salon owner. 10% product costs. %14 taxes. She’s at $18. Took 2 hours to do your hair? She just made $9 an hour.

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    3. Negative. How much they make depends on how long and how much they apply themselves. I don’t know who told you these women aren’t making money! You can work hourly, commission, etc.

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  44. Them #prices be #outrageous , hair stylist makeup & charge !!!! Don’t know who comes up with this mess on this page I just got plaits much #cheaper, @NadineThorpe Every time I look up a price increase chart up

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  45. I’ve been in the industry for 9+ years and I invest thousands of dollars per year on continuing education and top products and it shows in my service. My clients see the progress and tip accordingly. I’m always appreciative! I also make sure I give myself a raise quarterly because although I make a lot of money I’m buying EVERYTHING. Stylists shouldn’t depend on tips but it’s a great incentive and I make sure to give excellent service with or without it.

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  46. They are the #worst with a lot of dam nerve, wht also gets me who the heck #works in #highheels doing hair talking on the phone from the time I sat my ass in the chair until going under hairdryer I’m like dam can you get off the phone and #scrub my hair really good it still itches & she catches a dam attitude. And someone say #tip , yes #Tip not going #back #unprofessional behavior !!!!! I’m never tipping with those #already high rates , I only tip @ restaurant.

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  47. Lol! I’m with you on that. Once I’m not satisfied with their work I never go back. I need to start submitting reviews to these places.

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  48. Yea I’m not tipping on an already expensive style and I can continue to get my hair done if I want because it’s my money

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  49. I ain’t tipping I’m already paying a arm and a leg for my hair. It’s not even about cheap but if i pay $100/$200 for a hairstyle why do i still have to give you more money. And people saying if you can’t afford to tip then you shouldn’t get your hair done, your statement is truly foolish but you can always come tip for me if thats how you feel.

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    1. I was just going to say that! That makes absolutely no sense.

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  50. My mom raised me that way. She always sent me with tip money for the shampoo person and for my stylist as a child. So it’s what I know.

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  51. Kandace Kent says:

    If I’m already paying over a hundred dollars what am I tripping you for?? As a thanks for doing my hair well?? That’s what you are suppose to do! It’s a service.. I don’t tip a plumber for unclogging my toilet or a construction worker for fixing my roof! Now if your stylist goes out of their way and squeezes u in for an emergency.. Yes u should tip because they went out the way.

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  52. The hairstylist keeps the woman on fleek remember that

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  53. How do you not tip your stylist? I’m so confused by this.

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    1. Because I already paid for the service? I tip people who get paid little to nothing/commission not someone who just made $100 off me in 1 hour. A lot of stylist these days are not passionate about their job they try and fit in as many clients as possible. I haven’t been fully happy with anyone’s service in years. Im always disappointed every shop I visit. I’m talking hairstylist and the nail lady. I just recently crotched my twists in and they came out great w/ tons of compliments! Better than any work a hair stylist has done on my head.

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  54. When they say they use top products they mean the same ones that are available in your local beauty supply store. I have no problem bringing my own products. That should clear up any problems and take 25% off the price. 🙂

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    1. I do the same bring in my own products and was charged even more. But I always tip the shampoo girl, sometimes more if she doesn’t splash water down my back.

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  55. Ashley Blue says:

    When they went above and beyond yes. When they’re sneaky quoting me prices but adding on other services to raise the prices then no I don’t tip. I don’t have a stylist now so it doesn’t matter

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  56. Yes I tip my stylist I love her to death and she takes great care of my hair

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  57. Yea i do when I can afford to. She does an amazing job! So she deserves a tip

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  58. I tip 20% + and even more at Christmas. Same for my dog groomer.

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    1. Nia Hughes says:

      Me too. 20% but in some rare instances 15%. I budget the tip in with the service cost.

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  59. Tipping to me, is only for over & beyond exceptional service; it is NOT just a given…

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  60. I thought tipping was common practice..I tip my hairstylist & my sons barber every time

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  61. I was raised like that so I do. Lol

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  62. Jonnel Ford says:

    Not classy to call one names because they are not doing something you’d do! Tip if you want to or don’t! Hairstylists set THEIR OWN prices for the most part. If you need a tip that bad add it to your prices. I am all for tipping If they squeeze you in, come to you, or do something beyond the services you are already paying for.

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  63. I always tip my stylist as much as possible. She has gotten my hair back to its healthiest point since my mom did my hair. Lord knows where I would be without her. I also tip my nail tech and eyebrow lady. If someone is providing you a service that you are very happy with why not give them something extra?

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  64. Tracy Motley says:

    Most times yes because I appreciate the services ..also I try and make sure to give my sons extra cash to tip their barber as well…

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  65. I tip my sons barber,because I feel it’s right. Also I think he provides a excellent service.

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  66. Tipping is all about the service!!! All service jobs should be tipped!!! If you give crappy service you get a lecture from me not a tip!!! I was a waitress and a hairstylist. I have been blessed.

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  67. Trea Hollis says:

    I’m not tipping if I get a weave. I’m already paying 200+ dollars. Now if I get a wash n style, I will.

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  68. I do for special services, I.e. color, weave, or cut, Especially if it’s not the shop owner. But my mom started me on that. It’s less common out here I guess.

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  69. Amen…as a stylist I agree with this article!

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  70. All these African American woman on here saying they don’t tip is such a dsmn shame….. And this is why I’m happy working in a predominated white salon. We got to do better my ppl. I understand if you feel like your stylist was very unprofessional which I have to agree a lot of African American hairstylists are than you don’t tip. But if your stylists did a great job and also gave you great customer service than you should ….

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  71. DarkEmpress says:

    I ALWAYS tip. I think it’s sad that black people always want discounted break neck prices from their community. Your local hairstylists, your local restauranteur has to charge really competitive prices because if they charged what their service is with upfront, most of us would seek out the lower cost. However, if we were eating at a white owned business or getting a service at a white owned business we wouldn’t balk at the prices. I tip the woman who does my braids at her house, because she does a great job and keeps timely appointment . I think we as a community need to tip and I also think the quality of service in black salons has to improve. I have not been able to find someone who can cut natural hair.

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  72. Shydeia says:

    This was interesting to read. I tip good service as well. It used to be hard in high school when my stylist was 100 and up though. But now as a junior in college with a love for constant change in my hair and I go to the barber for my haircut has helped a lot! And I can tip a good amount.

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  73. Cassandra says:

    Tipping for me is just common practice, regardless if the service is $100 or $500. I think if I got get service, it’s pretty disrespectful not to tip…

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  74. Jovoni says:

    As a Stylist and Super-budget conscious person in general, the sad reality is that I DON’T expect my clients to tip. I just don’t. But I’m adamant on tipping others in restaurants, taxis (uber even though it’s included) and the like (service based industries). I know their struggle but it’s not worth the energy to explain or persuade why tipping me is an essential. Fortunately I have a pricing structure that helps me balance out, not be as prosperous as most people THINK, and tell my clients that the best tip they can give is a referral. The Universe always provides in one way or another and by way of new clients you don’t always miss the tip.

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  75. Jovoni says:

    It is unfortunate though, that just judging from the tone of the majority of the comments here that Hair Stylists are in general not respected enough to even consider tipping.

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  76. KaliBee says:

    These comments are a trip. I tip out of appreciation for the service and the hairstylist , nail tech , waiter/waitress or whomever.

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  77. Adriana says:

    I tip 20% every visit. I get a wash & style every 2 weeks which is $35 so the extra $7 tip isnt a big deal but ill admitt when i get my sewins which as previous posters mentioned are pricey shelling out that 20% tip hurts lol But my stylist does a great job & always fits me in when i need her & i appreciate her!

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  78. Bee says:

    Quite frankly, I don’t care how this sounds, but I’m not tipping if you make your own prices that exceed $100. My former beautician, when I was relaxed, would get to keep the change at times because she used to only charge me about $60 and under. And she helped my hair grow like crazy! Why am I tipping you and your prices are already excessive?

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  79. Shanika says:

    It’s simple.If you can’t afford a tip, you can’t afford the service you are having done. If your hair cost more than 200 then u tip accordingly. If you can’t afford it then you really can not afford the service in the first place. If you go on vacation and can’t afford to tip them you can’t really afford tinge vacation. If you can’t really afford the service it’s okay. But don’t blame it on the fact that they don’t deserve the tip. Understand that you are having a service done that you really can not afford in the first place.

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  80. Depends. If she’s working out of her house, nope. In a salon, of course.

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    1. Why smh? If you’re working out of your house the money is going in your pocket. In a salon the money is going to the company you work for. Sooooo…

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  81. Melba Rogers says:

    I tip everyone that provides a service hair, nails, waiter etc… You’re supposed to…..

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  82. All of these negative comments about tipping is why I don’t work with the general public

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  83. You should tip anyone providing you a service…maybe this is American culture but I am American so therefore….

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  84. It sounds like you all go to wack hairstylists.

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  85. T.will says:

    I have a rule anyone doing a personal service, like housecleaning, waxing, or hair I give them a flat $20 tip each time. My hair stylist now does not charge me the additional $15 for a trim or $25 for a deep conditioning. It definitely pays to overtip, it always has its benefits.

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  86. If you can’t tip for services don’t go, it classless not to tip especially when it’s good!!!

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