If you're wondering if you should tip your hairdresser or how much to give her, consider proper etiquette along with the quality of service you have received.
Give your hairdresser a standard tip of 15 to 20 percent if you are happy with your hair.
Tip the shampoo person $2 to $5 if it is someone other than your hairdresser, particularly if he gives you a rejuvenating scalp and neck massage with your shampoo. If you visit a high-end salon, there often are envelopes available at the front desk to designate tip amounts when you pay for hair services. Otherwise, it is acceptable to hand the shampoo person a cash tip before you leave the salon.
Ask your stylist how she would prefer to receive her tip. Some stylists prefer cash because salons often charge hairdressers a processing fee to process a credit-card tip.
Consider the time your stylist has invested in your hair. Tip 20 to 25 percent rather than 15 if you only visit him quarterly and he spends three to four hours washing, coloring, cutting and styling your hair.
Don't forget your hairdresser on holidays and special occasions. While it may be difficult to shop for someone you only see every couple of months, specialty websites offer gift ideas.
While it may seem like a 20-percent tip is exorbitant, remember that most hairdressers don't receive health care or disability benefits, and they have to pay for their own supplies.
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