September 2 2014

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Beauty Etiquetter: On The Topic Of Tipping


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, email celia

The Quandary: I’m a regular at my nail salon. What’s the right amount to tip if I see the owner versus an aesthetician? The same or more?

The Expert in Residence: Jin Soon Choi of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spas in New York

The Advice: “From my experience, there are two opinions about which way to go. You either don’t tip the owner based on the American belief that the owner doesn’t need to be tipped because she or he directly benefits from the profit of the salon. Or you do tip the owner, and you tip a lot more than you would the regular aesthetician, because you feel special and honored to get your nails done by the owner. Personally, I think that regardless of the person you’re seeing, you should always tip because you’re receiving a personal service. I find that most clients tip between 15 to 25 percent and often more to the owners, although I don’t think that much is necessary.”

Photo: Courtesy of Jin Soon

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