My hair dresser rocks. I feel totally confident that he will do a great job on my hair no matter what I ask for. The price of his service reflects that. For my ridiculously long hair, I pay $95 for a cut and color. Normally I tip him 20%, so I’ll give him $120. I only go every six months so it could be worse.
(Note: Yes, I fully realize that I pay a ridiculous amount of money on my hair. I know I could be donating that to feed kids in Africa for a year instead. It’s the one area in my life where I spare no expense. Everywhere else I penny pinch and I do often donate saved money to charities. So please, if all you’re going to do is tell me I’m a spoiled bitch for spending that much anyway, just don’t bother, I know it’s inexcusably expensive already).
After years of fighting my crazy frizz I’m going in for a keratin treatment. It’s a rare day that I don’t have a halo of frizzy fly-aways two inches off my head all the way around. Keratin treatments smooth down the frizz and make crazy hair more manageable. It also adds shine, seals in color so I won’t have to re-dye it nearly as soon, and strengthens the hair. Totally awesome right? Yeah, it’s going to cost about $200. Well I figure I’ll try it once and if I don’t 200 dollars love it I won’t ever do it again.
So here’s the thing: with keratin, cut, and color, it’s going to be about $300. I feel like doing my usual 20% and giving him $60 as a tip is insane. On top of that he’s going to be selling me some chloride and sulfate free salon-grade shampoo and conditioner, so with a $60 tip it could be more than $400.
Do I have to give my usual 20%, even if I’m spending $300 there? I was thinking of doing $40, on the grounds that I usually pay him $20 for wash, cut, color and styling, so I’ll give him another $20 for adding the extra thing I don’t normally do.
I like to be a generous tipper and all, and he does great work, but a $60 tip just sounds like as stupid amount of money.
What would you do, Lovelies? How much should I tip my hairdresser in this situation?