How Much to Tip a Hairdresser for the Holiday?

Refer to your stylist's prices as a tipping guide.

Refer to your stylist's prices as a tipping guide.

Has your hairdresser gone above and beyond this year, whether it be fitting you in the schedule for a quick trim or taking extra time to get your highlights just right? If so, reward your stylist for a year of fabulous hairstyling. This extra gesture of graciousness won't go unnoticed next time you need a last-minute appointment.

Monetary Gifts

There are two levels of monetary tips to consider. If you tip each time you visit the salon, a holiday tip of $25 to $50 is appropriate. If you visit with your stylist often (at least once a week) and forgo a tip during each styling session, a holiday tip should mirror the cost of one session. If you frequent a variety of services, from low-cost trims to extensive coloring sessions, give an amount equivalent to one of the more expensive services.

Choosing Gift Cards

Sometimes giving cash doesn't seem appropriate. Instead, select a gift card. If your stylist is never without a cup of gourmet coffee, give a card to her favorite coffee shop. If you often talk about recent books you've read, give a card to a book store. If she gardens, splurge on a gift card for the local nursery so she can pick up something for the spring planting season.

Presents for Hairstylists

If you prefer to give a wrapped gift, keep it small. A box of homemade fudge or a hand-knitted scarf are personal, creative and appreciated. If your stylist wears funky hair accessories, splurge on a new hair clip or headband from her favorite retailer. Other gifts to consider include gourmet coffee, a fragrant candle in a glass jar or a small set of scented hand lotions.

How to Tip

Tipping can feel awkward, especially when your stylist isn't giving you a gift in return. If you have an appointment during the holiday season, casually express your gratitude with a simple sentence and hand her the gift. Place monetary tips or gift cards inside a greeting card. If you won't see your hairdresser for a few weeks, mail a small package to the salon with a card of thanks.

About the Author

Angela Tague writes marketing content and journalistic pieces for major brands including Bounty, The Nest, Lowe's Home Improvement and Hidden Valley. She also provides feature content to newspapers and writes health and beauty blogs for Daily Glow, Everyday Health and Walgreens. Tague graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications in 1999.

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