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Old 11-17-2012, 12:36 PM
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Hair salon tipping question..

Hi guys! I know I don't post much anymore, but, I read everyone's posts and you all are great advice givers.

I have been growing my hair out for locks of love, and it is finally time for the big chop. I have located a higher end salon to cut my hair, and give me pretty highlights and such. I know HOW MUCH to tip the shampoo girl and the hairdresser, but, when it comes to the physical act of tipping, I feel awkward. Since this salon only receives tips in cash, do I just hand each person the money like its nothing? Do I hand the shampoo girl her tip and say "thank you", or is that arrogant? Do I chase the hairdresser down when she is with another client? Do I give her her tip right when she finishes and before I pay? Do I trust the receptionist to hand her the tip if I just give it to him? What do you guys do?
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:04 PM
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I would ask if they have envelopes at the reception counter. The salon I go to has envelopes and you can put each person's tip in a separate envelope with their name on it.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:22 PM
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Where I go, there is no shampoo girl, the hairdresser does all of it. She does a good job and I am not a high end hair salon kind of woman anyway, lol. I go to JCP salon.
The hair dresser also rings me up at the register and I either hand her the tip in cash or have it added on to the bill and she takes the tip out of the register.
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I just had my hair cut and highlights. No shampoo girl. I had to pay at the front desk and I just didn't feel right having the girl at the register give it to her. So I walked back into the salon part and gave her the tip directly. But it does seem like there should be a better way to do it. You hate to interrupt when they are with another client. Or what if they are not around (like in the rest room or something) when you go back after paying to tip them?
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:48 PM
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Oh and most important. That is so great that you are giving your hair to locks of love. Very nice!
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:55 PM
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My place has envelopes at the front counter and a lock box you drop them into. You might want to ask how they work the tipping though. Were I go when you make the appointment you stylist does cut, color, and shampooing. However if its busy she might have someone else (one of the " helpers" ) do the wash or color (if its a touch up). She then gives them part of the tip you leave her. I didn't know this until I asked for a second envelope one day and they told me.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:41 PM
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Okay, first of all, THANK YOU for wanting to tip the shampoo girl! I have been an on-off shampoo girl at 2 salons for about 10 years now, and being 6 feet tall it is sometimes backbreaking work, especially if I'm working with dark, all-over hair color and long hair. I can spend as much as 5 minutes bent over a bowl shampooing, scrubbing, trying not to sweat on my charge... Not every hairdresser tips the shampoo girl out either; I work with some women that will tip me out at the end of the day, and other hairdressers give me nothing no matter how many colors and perms I finish for them.

In regards to tipping, it's really a personal choice. Honestly, I'm delighted when a client approaches me and says "Thanks, you did a great job," and proceeds to hand me a tip. It tells me that I did a nice job and they appreciated it. As for tipping your hairdresser, some people like to hand them the money and others are okay with leaving it with me (I work the desk as well). I always give them the choice, as I can understand if someone's not comfortable leaving a $20 bill with a person they hardly know. My salon offers little envelopes you can write a note on and leave it for your hairdresser, those work very nicely. If you don't want to do the envelope or leave the money with the receptionist, I think it's acceptable to quietly approach your hairdresser and lay the tip on her station and say "Thanks." Trust me. They'll never be upset with you for tipping them.

And kudos to you for doing locks of love! I always get a kick out of women/girls that do that, it's always so fun to watch.
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