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Beauty Etiquetter: Deciphering The Salon-Tipping Pecking Order


Serge-Normant-John-FriedaBeauty Etiquetter addresses your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail

The Quandary: “I always tip my hairstylist, but do I need to tip the shampoo girl, colorist, coat-check woman, receptionist who orders my latte…? I always feel like I need to tip the entire salon, which adds up.”

The Expert in Residence: Sean Gallagher, colorist and stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in NYC.

The Advice: “Who and how much you tip is an age-old question when it comes to beauty services. If you’ve received a color treatment and a cut or style, it is customary to tip both the colorist and the stylist—provided the work was done by two different people. Many people tip around 15 percent of the cost of the service, but the amount is at your discretion. If you feel your service was truly great, feel free to tip more. A small tip for the shampoo person and/or assistant is always appreciated—if you’re unsure who to tip, you can leave a little extra with your stylist or colorist and ask them to pass it along to their assistant. Typically there isn’t a need to tip a receptionist or a coat person, as tips are usually for services only. Additionally, if you are seeing the owner of the salon, you do not need to tip him or her either, as they receive the money you pay for the price of your service. As a rule, tip what you can afford and know that a thank-you note goes a long way!”

Photo: Courtesy of Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon NYC



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