Many people have heard that it is improper to tip the owner of the salon. This is especially true in a large salon where the owner has one assistant apply color, then possibly another do the shampoo and blow-dry. This type of situation is found in salons such as New York City’s Frederic Fekkai (hair cut $400) or Sally Hershberger (haircut $600). In these places , no, you do not tip the owner; you tip the assistants. In fact make this your rule of thumb for tipping; if there are assistants tip them and tip them directly. When I worked as an assistant many many years ago, precious little of the tips left at the front desk found their way to me.
Here in Sarasota, I have yet to meet a salon owner who does not accept tips. If you are unsure; ask. It is never rude or ignorant to ask someone if they accept gratuities.
Do you get better service by tipping? The answer should be no. A true professional always does his or her best whether a client is a tipper or not. What does make a client welcome to a stylist? Be nice and appreciative. Some of my favorite clients have never tipped me.
In summation, I do not own the salon and I do accept tips; but it is not necessary. Just be nice.
Update: I just read in Good Housekeeping Magazine that even salon owners appreciate tips; so you can never go wrong doing so.
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