With Memorial Day behind us and summer in full swing, the demand for summer beauty treatments–pedicures, bikini waxes, spray tans–sky rockets.
Many of these services involve a technician–usually a virtual stranger–getting all up in your personal space. So how much do you tip? And what happens when you’re not happy with the service you received? Is it OK to totally stiff someone who just spent 20 minutes getting intimately acquainted with your bikini line? Awkward.
A few general guidelines before we break it down for you by service:
• Think of a beauty service the same way you think of restaurant service. If you weren’t happy, it’s totally OK to tip less, but make sure you have the right expectations going in (more on that in a sec).
• Don’t slink out of a bad service and write a nasty review on Yelp. Proprietors want to know what went wrong so it doesn’t happen again, and it will often mean a comped or hugely discounted service for you, as well as incentives to come back to the salon. Owners want you to be happy–unanimously, all the professionals I spoke to want to know when they effed up.
With that in mind, here’s what some beauty professionals said about how to manage your expectations when you come in for a service so you know what kind of outcome to realistically expect, and when it is absolutely OK–and even encouraged–to tip less. Read on for some tipping guidelines for spray tanning, waxing, nail services, and hair services.