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Question DetailsAsked on 4/29/2015

in hairsalons does one tip the owner, if he or she does the service?

my cut and color is done by the owner of the salon, are I'm expected to give a tip?

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Generally, one does not tip owners/managers - but I would say if the shop pools tips then it is really a tip to all the workers anyway, so maybe so. I would say if he/she works as a hairdresser pretty much full time, treat as you would an employee. If just works on clients on occasion or when there ius a backlog, then probably not.

Probably the nicest thing you can do for an owner is let them know you posted nice reviews on sites like AL, and let friends/coworkers know if you get exceptional service at any vendor's, so they get more business. Or if they have a "friend's" photo bulletin board, scrawl a big thank you across a photo to post there.

Another in-between solution - give a nice annual gift to the owner - box of chocolates, flowering plant, gift certificate for his/her favorite coffee or dunut shop they frequent daily, etc - I do that every year for our outstanding travel agent, for instance.

Also - a common practice is tip if other workers are getting tips if the service is one-time or sporadic (from that server, like a waitress at your favorite coffee shop for instance), but if the same person gives you regular service weekly or such (trash man, yard man, etc) then do an annual thank-you tip or gift.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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