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    Tipping for haircuts?

    Do you tip for haircuts?

    My wife always does but I never have. At the most, it takes 15 minutes to cut my hair. The service I receive is fine but it's not like she shines my shoes and gives me a beer. I usually tip 10% for the wait staff at buffets and 20% and full serve restaurants. My reasoning for tipping them is they get paid next to nothing per hour and rely on tips. Everybody else who holds out a tip jar is making at least minimum wage as far as I know so I do not tip them. I just switched barbers (stylists?) because my longtime previous stylist decided it was time to be a stay at home mom. I went to the new one tonight. I am considering tipping her but have not decided for sure yet.

    Anyway, I am mostly curious about haircuts but feel free to share your other tipping thoughts too.

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    My daughter is a stylist. I go to the salon. I pay 9.00 to the salon, and tip her 20.00. Before that, I paid 18.00 for the cut, and 4.00 tip. Most stylists, are paid as sub-contractors. they get 35-45% of what they bring in. They pay their own taxes, their portion of social security, etc.

    I have a very long and wasted path in fast food and fine dining as a young person. I see how hard people bust their hump to provide good service, only to get a zero tip. I tip at Subway, Chipotle. The mailman gets 20 at Christmas. I have a lawn service come twice a year and cut the grass, when on vacation. One of my kids will leave a cooler with 4 drinks on the porch the day they will cut.

    I look at it as a cost of doing business. If I charge every one of my computer customers a dollar more, it more than pays for my generosity.

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    I don't have much hair on my head anymore. I usually either run the clippers myself, or my wife does it. I just do my entire head at a uniform 1/2 inch and call it good. I have a trimmer for my mustache and beard, so I can handle that for myself as well. Since I don't have much pelt topside anymore, I figure the only viable options are to keep it all short, or grow that fringe into a pony tail that hangs down to my ass.
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    I go to the salon in my local walmart to a lady I went to school with and have known since I was a kid, I generally tip her $2. I have no problem doing this because she knows exactly what I want and does it right every time, I've went elsewhere before and had it messed up so I figure giving her a tip is worth it for the good service.

    My issue is with the haircut price I pay at the salon. I pay the same price as a woman who comes in and gets her hair cut, shampooed, dried and styled even though from the time my ass hits the chair until I'm done is usually under 5 minutes. I wish they had a "clippers only" price, but oh well. The last few haircuts I've actually done myself at home because over the hot months I take the whole thing down to almost shaved.
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    What's the salon at Walmart charge? Prior to my recent change, my wife and I went to the same place. For me, they washed my hair and cut it for $16. I was in and out in 15 minutes. My wife is certainly in the chair longer but how long depends on what they are doing that day. A color for example takes a lot longer. She definitely pays more than $16 but how much it is varies. The new place I went to last night is for men only. The wet my hair with a spray bottle and then cut it. Again, I was in and out in 15 minutes. It cost $13.

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    Getting back to tipping, I think places need to charge whatever the true cost of the service is and the tip should be either non-existent or minimal. When I was in Europe (Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria) the norm was for minimal tipping because the staff was already being paid a reasonable wage. I think that makes more sense.

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    I usually go to a salon, $5 on a $25 service. If I need a haircut on short notice and can't get an appointment it's $4-5 on a $19 service at the barber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinnacle-Project View Post
    What's the salon at Walmart charge? Prior to my recent change, my wife and I went to the same place. For me, they washed my hair and cut it for $16. I was in and out in 15 minutes. My wife is certainly in the chair longer but how long depends on what they are doing that day. A color for example takes a lot longer. She definitely pays more than $16 but how much it is varies. The new place I went to last night is for men only. The wet my hair with a spray bottle and then cut it. Again, I was in and out in 15 minutes. It cost $13.
    Pretty sure it's $14, although typically when I go I have a $2 or $3 off coupon they email me. When I take my daughter, it's the exact same price although she's getting cut, washed, dried and styled.

    That just reminded me, one time years ago when I was a teenager, a stylist at walmart asked if I wanted my "beard" neatened up. At that time I had a tiny little bit of fuzz on my chin, I said "sure" and she literally probably snipped the scissors 3 times and I got a $9 "beard and mustache" trim on my bill....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinnacle-Project View Post
    Getting back to tipping, I think places need to charge whatever the true cost of the service is and the tip should be either non-existent or minimal. When I was in Europe (Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria) the norm was for minimal tipping because the staff was already being paid a reasonable wage. I think that makes more sense.
    Agreed. I was just talking with a coworker about this the other day. He just booked a cruise and was telling me what his total was with "all gratuities included". I was like "wtf"? Gratuities are supposed to be something you give for exceptional service, not used as a means to help places pay their staff. If they know they're automatically getting gratuities included, where's the incentive go give exceptional service?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3fingersalute View Post
    If they know they're automatically getting gratuities included, where's the incentive go give exceptional service?
    They still have a job.

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