How Much Should You Tip For Beauty Services?

There's nothing like stressing out over tipping to ruin the end of a great haircut, pedicure, or other treatment. Knowing the basics makes everything better for you-and your aesthetician. Here's what you need to know:

  • Twenty percent is a good rule of thumb for the person who performed the service. Throw in a little extra for more labor-intensive or truly spectacular treatments.
  • The owner of a salon should never be tipped.
  • Assistants should be: the right-hand people get $10 to $20.

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  • Pricey services have their own rules. Cindy Barshop , whose Completely Bare spas specialize in laser hair removal at $150 to $1000 a session, advises clients to give $25 to $40.
  • Always try to tip in cash. Otherwise, the technician has to wait until the end of the payroll cycle to get the money.
  • Finally, if you're paying with a gift certificate, the tip may not be included. If you're not sure, ask the receptionist to check.

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