Should you tip hairdressers?

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  1. #1

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    Should you tip hairdressers?

    Is this expected in Hong Kong? Even at very expensive salons? One tip to cover everyone (stylist, colour technician, little one that washes your hair)?

    I have to say I resent tipping when I pay an enormous amount of money for a largely average hair cut so rarely do it.... but want to know whether I should feel bad about this and understand whether it is expected or not.

    Any thoughts?

    Last edited by AlexandraF; 14-02-2009 at 07:42 PM.

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    I usually do but only if I'm truely happy with it, If its average or just o.k then I pay the standard price.

    One tip to be split between the stylist, the hair washer etc. Let them fight over the percentage split.


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    i go to this great guy that has a small place hidden away in tsing yi. he doesn't speak english, but he's always able to give me the haircut that i want. he only charges about $88, i always give at least $100.


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    I sometimes round up the $65 or so by $5 or $10 if I feel the guy's done a good job.


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    Tipping is such a personal and cultural thing. It's up to you. I always tip my hair dresser and we have a great relationship. Sometimes he doesnt charge me if i need a quick touchup snip. He tries to squeeze me in his schedule when possible. I get a great head massage from the hair washing girl. I always believe in tipping for good service.

    You might find it more enjoyable if you go to a salon that is affordable and tip a little. I see mine at least once a month. Having a good relationship with a good compatible hair dresser is almost as good as having a great partner.


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    The answer is Yes. From my "point" of view, tips can increase the value of one(self) and therefore making them serve more effectively.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lulumay:
    Tipping is such a personal and cultural thing. It's up to you. I always tip my hair dresser and we have a great relationship. Sometimes he doesnt charge me if i need a quick touchup snip. He tries to squeeze me in his schedule when possible. I get a great head massage from the hair washing girl. I always believe in tipping for good service.

    You might find it more enjoyable if you go to a salon that is affordable and tip a little. I see mine at least once a month. Having a good relationship with a good compatible hair dresser is almost as good as having a great partner.
    But where do I find such places? I always end up going to salons that cost HK$2000+ (I have colour as well as a cut). I honestly don't think they are miles better than others but it is important that I find somewhere that the technicians speak English well. I believe in tipping good service too but I get so annoyed that places like Tony & Guy charge much more here than Shanghai / Singapore that I don't do it. I'd be glad of any recommendations of good hair salons here.

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    Blimey - no wonder you resent tipping!!! I think that amount would fund my hair budget for the last 10 years ...(mind you, I only go ever 6 months or so and always look for a cheap place! never found language to be a problem in HK either).


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    My dresser barely speaks English and he always tells me I am fat. Where do you live? Does it matter to you where the dresser is.
    Its all by trial and error. I always go for the busy ones when I was looking. As long as they are clean, modern, go straight in. Good luck.
    My dresser is in happy valley and there are a lot in the area.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM:
    I sometimes round up the $65 or so by $5 or $10 if I feel the guy's done a good job.
    It's so good to be a man. a $65 haircut without extra treatment goes just fine on a man's head.