I have been a hair stylist for fifteen years. In my experience my tips are 30 – 50% of my total income. By
not tipping or tipping poorly you are hurting our pockets. I often wonder why people do not tip sometimes. If you do not like your hair why do you come every six weeks? If you think the service costs too much please understand we do not get all that money.
1-Booth rental: If you go to a salon where your stylist rents a booth all kinds of costs are involved. They
are responsible for paying a weekly or monthly fee just to have a chair there. If they do not bring in enough money they still have to pay. On top of that they have to purchase all
their own supplies (which are not cheap). They also have to pay for insurance on their services in case anything goes wrong. There is no company assistance in paying for health care. There are no paid vacation days or sick days.
2-Corporate Salon: Your stylist is only getting a percentage of your service cost. Generally less than half.
They still have to buy clothes and makeup to follow dress code. They have to have their own cutting shears which they also pay to sharpen. Some places include clippers and blowdryers and some do not. One drop of a tool can cost $100 and up to replace.
Unless you get full-time status you generally do not get sick days or paid vacations.
Anywhere you go to get your hair done that stylist also pays for their cosmetology license and renewal fees. I made $18,000 last year including tips. That is charging medium prices with a good following. I rely on my tips to put gas in my car and for the grocery store. Not tipping is insulting. Tipping low makes us question if you were happy with your service. I look at a tip as a thank you for a job well done. Stylists do hair because we love it but we need to make enough money to live on as well.