How Much to Tip Hairdresser: A Complete Guide

Dear Challenger, Welcome to The Ultimate Guide on Tipping Your Hairdresser!

As you know, getting a perfect haircut or a new hairstyle can make us feel happy and confident. However, we cannot ignore the fact that the hairdressers’ hard work behind the scenes makes it all possible. They cut, color, and style our hair, paying close attention to the details to make us look our best. These professionals play an essential role in our lives, and tipping them for their effort is the right thing to do.

But how much should you tip your hairdresser? Are there any industry standards, and what are the best ways to tip? If you are looking for answers to these questions and more, read on, as we’ll cover everything you need to know about tipping hairdressers.

Table of Contents

Introduction What is Tipping? Why Tip a Hairdresser?
What are the Standards? How Much to Tip? When to Tip?
How to Tip? Alternatives to Tipping What if You Are Not Satisfied?
Frequently Asked Questions Conclusion Closing Statement with Disclaimer


Tipping is a common practice in many professions, including the hairdressing industry. A tip is an additional amount of money offered voluntarily by the customer to show appreciation for the services they receive. In most cases, it is not mandatory, but it is often expected as a sign of gratitude and acknowledgement for good work.

While tipping is a way to show appreciation for the hard work of a hairdresser, it can be confusing to determine the appropriate amount to give. Many factors come into play, such as the quality of the service, the location, the salon’s reputation, and the stylist’s experience. In this article, we will guide you through everything you need to know about tipping your hairdresser.

What is Tipping?

Tipping is an act of gratitude and appreciation for the services received. In the hairdressing industry, it is customary to tip your stylist for their service. Tipping usually involves giving an extra amount of money, but it can also involve offering a gift or service, depending on the situation.

Tipping may not be mandatory, but it is an expected practice to help show appreciation for the service provided. Tipping usually happens after the service, and the amount given depends on the quality of the service, amongst other factors.

Why Tip a Hairdresser?

Tipping your hairdresser is an excellent way to show appreciation and gratitude for the work they have done for you. Hairdressers work very hard in a physically and emotionally demanding job. They work long hours, often standing for extended periods and dealing with various clients’ emotional needs.

Tipping helps show that you appreciate the time and effort they put into ensuring that you look and feel beautiful. Tipping can also help build a positive relationship with your stylist, making you more likely to return to that stylist in the future.

What are the Standards?

The standards for tipping your hairdresser differ depending on where you live and the salon’s location. The standard for tipping your hairdresser in Europe is around 10% to 15%, while in the USA and Canada, it is typically 15% to 20% of the total bill.

However, if the salon is upscale or if the services are complicated, it is expected to tip more. Additionally, tipping expectations may also differ based on the type of service received. For example, it is customary to tip more for a hair color service than it is for a simple trim.

How Much to Tip?

Determining how much to tip your hairdresser can be challenging, but there are general guidelines you can follow. As a general rule, you should tip your hairdresser between 15% and 20% of the total cost of the service. However, this varies depending on the quality of service provided, the location of the salon, and the stylist’s experience level.

If you have had a more complicated service or if you have several treatments, such as highlights or color, it is customary to tip a little more. Ultimately, tipping is at your discretion and should reflect how happy you are with the service provided.

When to Tip?

Tipping should be done at the conclusion of your salon visit. You can hand your stylist the tip in cash, which is often preferred, or add it to your credit card payment. If you are not sure when to tip, you can always ask the receptionist or stylist when you pay your bill.

How to Tip?

There is no right or wrong way to tip your hairdresser. However, some methods are more preferred than others. Cash is the most popular way to tip. It allows the stylist to see and receive the money immediately. Some salons have a policy against adding tips to credit card payments, so it’s always best to check with the salon first before tipping via card.

If cash is an issue, a gift card is also a nice way to show your appreciation. You can buy a gift card from a store the stylist likes or a popular store where they can redeem the card. This option is also great if you’ve enjoyed the service of a receptionist, shampooer, or assistant, and you’d like to show recognition for their hard work.

Alternatives to Tipping

Not everyone can tip their hairdresser on every visit. Sometimes, finances can be tight, or other elements may mean that leaving a cash tip is not feasible. However, there are still ways you can show good faith without tipping. Some alternatives include:

  • Writing a positive Google or Yelp review for the salon.
  • Telling friends and family about the salon
  • Providing a sincere compliment to the stylist
  • Bringing snacks or treats for the stylist to enjoy while they work

What if You Are Not Satisfied?

If you are not satisfied with your service, you will still have to tip your hairdresser. What you need to do instead is politely and respectfully let them know that you would like their services adjusted. A good hairdresser will be willing to listen to your concerns and address them appropriately.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I tip the salon owner?

Tipping the salon owner can be a tricky area, as some people argue that they are already taking a cut from each of their stylist’s earnings, they didn’t provide you with the service and the salon’s pricing structure. If you are happy with the service provided by the salon owner, you can choose to leave a 10% to 20% gratuity.

2. Can I tip with a credit card?

Yes, most salons accept credit card payments for gratuities. However, make sure to check with the salon first to see if it’s acceptable. Sometimes, credit card companies also take a percentage of the gratuity charge, so leave cash when possible.

3. My hairdresser is also my friend. Do I still need to tip them?

Yes. Your hairdresser worked hard to provide you with the service, even if they’re a friend. Tipping them helps show appreciation for the effort they put in to make you look your best.

4. Can I tip with a check?

Most hairdressers prefer to receive tips in the form of cash or gift cards. This is because checks can take a long time to process, and the funds may not be readily available, depending on the bank. Tipping with cash is the best way to ensure your stylist receives the tip shortly after service.

5. Is it okay not to tip?

Tipping your hairdresser is not mandatory, but it is customary to do so. It is a way to show appreciation for the work they have done for you. If you’re truly unsatisfied with the service, you could talk to the hairdresser or the salon owner to see if they could adjust the charges.

6. Can I split the tip between staff members?

Yes, you can split the tip between staff members. If you have several people working on your hair, you can ask the receptionist to split the tip between them.

7. Is it okay to tip a lesser amount if I’m not happy with the service?

No, if you’re not happy with the service, it’s best to communicate with your hairdresser about any concerns you have. If the work was not satisfactory, you could ask for adjustments or even leave and find a new stylist.


In conclusion, tipping your hairdresser is a great way to show appreciation for their hard work. It is customary to tip between 15% and 20% of the total service cost. However, you can tip more if you are satisfied with the service. Remember that tipping is at your discretion, but it should reflect how happy you are with the service provided.

Remember that there are other ways to show appreciation for your hairdresser instead of just tipping. Writing a positive review, telling your friends and family about their services, and providing kind words are excellent alternatives to giving financial compensation.

Select a tipping method that suits both you and your hairdresser. Don’t forget to check with the salon first to see if they have any specific tipping policies or preferences. Communication is key, so if you have any concerns about tipping or the service provided, it’s always best to voice them adequately.

Closing Statement with Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is to serve as a guideline only. Individual circumstances may vary, and it is ultimately your decision whether or not to tip your hairdresser. Always remember to check with the salon first before tipping credit card or ask for tipping policies. It is also important to consider factors such as quality of service and stylist experience when determining how much to tip.

We hope that this comprehensive guide has helped answer any questions you may have had about tipping your hairdresser.