According to top stylist at Frederic Fekkai, Elie Camoro, a tip of 20 percent is typical for a hairstylist. Tip more for special circumstances, such as having a toddler along or arriving late.
Other reasons to tip more are if the styling includes a shoulder massage or other bonus service or if the salon provides a last-minute appointment. Some women who have short hair that needs frequent styling tip less than 20 percent, but 20 percent is still customary. Tip the shampooer separately -- around $3 to $5 in big salons. In addition, stylists appreciate small gifts or a card around the holidays in recognition of their service.
The total cost of services is used to calculate the amount of the tip. If a coupon or promotion code was used to reduce the cost of the hair services, the tip should be calculated using the total cost before the deduction.
The word "TIPS" is said to be an acronym for "to insure prompt service."More accurately, it should be "to ensure prompt service," but tipping is an incentive for service providers to strive for service excellence.