The â€œUh-oh, how much do I tip?â€ phenomenon plagues even the most frequent salon and spa visitors. Here are few simple guidelines to help you stay in your salon professionalâ€™s good graces.
- • Tipping isnâ€™t mandatory, but it goes a long way toward endearing you to your service provider. Twenty percent is the average, but salon professionals frequently receive more, depending on guest satisfaction.
- • Avoid the discount faux pas. Always tip on the full value of your service when using social media discounts or coupons.
- Stylists arenâ€™t the only ones who rely on gratuities to enhance their income.Â Massage therapists, manicurists, facialists and assistants should also be remembered.
- Itâ€™s no longer a hard-and-fast rule to avoid tipping salon or spa owners when receiving services directly from them. Tipping the owner is more common in todayâ€™s environment.
- Many salons provide envelopes for gratuities. Ask a receptionist or a manager if you arenâ€™t sure about your salon or spaâ€™s tipping policy.
- Unless thereâ€™s a strict no-gratuity policy, your salon professional likely will expect a token of your appreciation for quality service.
â€œCash tips are always nice because we get them right away,â€ says Tara Stevens, a massage therapist with Salon Del Sol in Chesterfield County. â€œI donâ€™t receive it until my next paycheck when itâ€™s added to a credit or debit card.â€ She adds, â€œI always give my best despite the tip, but gratuities are definitely an important part of my income.â€