CALLIE’S ANSWER: Goodness! I’m going to tip someone who is doing my hair, nails and massage, etc. I want to make sure they will take care of me and not make me look bad. Don’t be a “scrooge.” Tip how you see fit.
LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: This is a difficult topic because a tipping amount is a personal decision, and it can get expensive adding a certain percentage to a beauty service that’s necessary but already a stretch for tight budgets that have only gotten tighter in recent years. However, I’ve been trying to get better about factoring some sort of tip into my costs, even a small one, as I truly like the people I go to for these services, as well as the work they’re doing to make me look better. I did not know for a long time that there even was a tipping expectation, but in recent years have come to realize this. The Emily Post Institute recommends tipping 15 to 20 percent of the bill for these services as a way to show appreciation.
HELEN’S ANSWER: Certain services require tipping and, although I am probably not a good tipper, I do believe in tipping something, and especially if I love the results. Hair salons and manicure shops are a part of the customer service industry in my mind and require a little extra. If my bill is $100 to $200 for color, cut or a perm, I might not tip as much, but generally for a hairstyle, I try for 15 to 20 percent.
GUEST’S ANSWER: Linda Miller, author of Fashion Matters blog: Yes, there is an expectation of a tip. Even though we’re paying for specified work — a $25 manicure or $90 highlights — manicurists and hairstylists seem to fall into the “service” category. Of course, so does a plumber. I don’t know the thinking behind tipping at the salon; I just do it, mostly because I really like the results I get from my hairstylist and manicurist.
Callie Gordon is 20-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. To ask an etiquette question, email firstname.lastname@example.org.