From: David on
In article <vl0td41ejgmasd4tdemqh68slgcp2h8v02(a)4ax.com>,
Just Visiting <nospam-webextra(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Today we got a haircut that was $9.00/person. There were two of us.
> The bill was around $18.00. I tipped $2.00/hairstylist ($4.00 total)
> which made it 22% of the entire bill. Isn't that fair? Our cuts only
> took 15 minutes each. We get haircuts between 6-8 weeks. Am I being a
> cheapskate? Please don't slander me too hard if you think I'm wrong.

Why would you tip a hairstylist (or anyone) is the real question -
tipping is a degrading practice

David
From: krw on
On Sun, 11 Oct 2009 02:21:31 GMT, David
<postings(a)REMOVE-TO-REPLYconfidential-counselling.com> wrote:

>In article <vl0td41ejgmasd4tdemqh68slgcp2h8v02(a)4ax.com>,
> Just Visiting <nospam-webextra(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
>> Today we got a haircut that was $9.00/person. There were two of us.
>> The bill was around $18.00. I tipped $2.00/hairstylist ($4.00 total)
>> which made it 22% of the entire bill. Isn't that fair? Our cuts only
>> took 15 minutes each. We get haircuts between 6-8 weeks. Am I being a
>> cheapskate? Please don't slander me too hard if you think I'm wrong.
>
>Why would you tip a hairstylist (or anyone) is the real question -
>tipping is a degrading practice

Yeah, I just hate it when my boss gives me a bonus too. Money is just
so degrading.
From: Dave C. on
On Sun, 11 Oct 2009 02:21:31 GMT
David <postings(a)REMOVE-TO-REPLYconfidential-counselling.com> wrote:

> In article <vl0td41ejgmasd4tdemqh68slgcp2h8v02(a)4ax.com>,
> Just Visiting <nospam-webextra(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> > Today we got a haircut that was $9.00/person. There were two of us.
> > The bill was around $18.00. I tipped $2.00/hairstylist ($4.00 total)
> > which made it 22% of the entire bill. Isn't that fair? Our cuts only
> > took 15 minutes each. We get haircuts between 6-8 weeks. Am I being a
> > cheapskate? Please don't slander me too hard if you think I'm wrong.

Hairstylists work for commision (a small percentage of fees collected) or an hourly wage that is close to minimum wage. Some of them even PAY to work. This is known as booth renting. If you are a very good stylist at a high-end salon with clients booked months in advance, you can make decent money. More likely, you are earning close to minimum wage. It could be even worse than that. If you are booth renting and you don't have a lot of clients in a particular week, you lose money that week.

Some hairstylists are more dependent on tips than waitresses are. Keeping that in mind, I wouldn't tip less than $5 or 20% (whichever is larger) unless you were REALLY unhappy with the service. That would have been $18 for two haircuts, plus $10 for tips. ~$15 for a haircut is CHEAP. -Dave