How Much to Tip a Hairdresser for the Holiday?

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

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