I will be getting my hair cut & colored at a salon in Covent Garden. How much should I tip the hairdresser?
P.S. I never NEVER tip - not even in a pub.
If YOU give a tip then you have more money than sense !
All LEGAL jobs give minimum wage, so no need to give a tip, unless you go to places that DON'T pay minimum wage ! ;-)
It was my understanding that one tips somebody who is an employee but not somebody who owns his or her own business. I do not tip my local barber (he charges £8 for an excellent cut, much better than anything I've had in central London) as he works for himself. I believe the rationale is that one would not tip one's lawyer or accountant, so it is in fact elevating the status of the hairdresser to refuse to tip. I quite agree that if my barber wants £9 or £10 he should just ask for it. I would in general be wary of paying a lot for a haircut. I appreciate that men's haircuts tend to be cheaper, but all the same, my partner pays very little for her haircuts and they are always very good. If anything, the cheaper ones have been the best. I believe she does tip, but only a couple of pounds.
I don't tip but know many do. Though just a £2-£5 depending on how much is done. I have been known to buy her a good bunch of flowers as a thank you :-)
If I was paying £50 - £100 I wouldn't think they needed a tip.
I don't live in London but I've always tipped, taxi drivers, hairdressers and wait staff around 10%. I've done this for my entire adult life (around 20+ years), my husband has always tipped, as have both our parents (in their 60's and 70's) and most of our friends, and no none of us is wealthy. I suppose it is just what you're used to, I personally would feel uncomfortable not tipping, but that's just me and each to his own. You should do what makes you feel comfortable, but 10% is sufficient.
I'm with jonathanquinn on the hairdresser - I don't tip the owner, any more than anyone tips me for doing my job but if there's a junior or a work-experiencing or a Saturday girl who washed my hair first, I'll slip her a couple of sovs.
I round up taxis and restaurants, never pubs.
Well said TravelloverO. Let's hope people read your very sensible comments and take heed.
fascinating how much ladies in London are paying their hairdressers ... I got so fed up trying to get a decent haircut at a reasonable price that now I only get my hair cut at a lovely little salon near my friends in Wales ... up there I get for £16 what it would cost in excess of £50 down here
and yes, I usually give the stylist a £3 tip ... she's an employee, not the owner
I think it must have something to do with the culture you are brought up in - there is no way on earth I would not tip my hairdresser, a taxi, waiting person, doorman, porter in fact anyone doing me personally a service but it is not something that is expected by the employees, but it does show your appreciation, so if you dont want to tip, dont.
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I was just idly considering a career change, with a possible £10 tip per haircut at, I'm guessing 8 appointments a day, on top of the salary, it starts to look quite lucrative. ;-)
You've met me and seen my haircut, it's maintained every 2 weeks with a £20 set of Wahl clippers. I'm lucky to have a low maintenance noggin so Trevor Sorbie doesn't see me as a valuable new customer, sadly.Edited: 09 May 2012, 10:46
I think it depends on how much the hair cut costs. If its above £70 i wouldn't tip as thats already a lot of money. My hair dresser charges £30 and is the best stylist I've ever had (and i've had a lot) so i always tip 10-15%