I read your answer about how to tip during the holidays and have a follow-up question. I tipped the woman who cuts my hair every six weeks an extra $20 in December. I never tipped my old barber, because he owned the barber shop until he retired six years ago. Since then I’ve been going to a salon that cuts both men and women’s hair, and tipping $10 each time for a $30 haircut. She does a great job and so I decided this year to give a holiday tip. In the past I had noticed that other clients brought in gifts, such as wine, perfume, a wrapped boxed gift. Guiltily I handed her an extra $20 and wished her happy holidays.
She looked at me in disgust as if I didn’t appreciate her work. What did I do wrong? Her facial expression went from disappointment to repulsion.
–GW, Portsmouth, RI
Think of a tip this way. If it takes your hair-stylist 30 minutes to cut your hair and trim away at any stray strands on your eyebrows, nose, and neck and you are pleased with her work, then why wouldn’t you reward her at the end of the year with a generous holiday tip?
At the very least, giving her a gratuity equal to the cost of one appointment is expected. Just say at your January appointment, that you didn’t understand how much tip was appropriate. Add that you now realize that you should have given her more than twice as much as you did and give her another $20.
Next December bring her a holiday gift of at least $50.
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