Bad Manners At The Blow Dry Salon


Our friend Carrie just went to one of those blow dry salons for the first time – and she loved her $35 blow out.  But she was really put off by the signs displayed in the salon “suggesting” a $10 tip!

Since the blow out costs $35, a 20% gratuity would be $7.  But the salon’s $10 suggestion would put the tip amount at almost 30%!  Carrie thought it was really tacky of them to post signage about a suggested tip amount at all – especially one that so far exceeds the standard 20%.  So she ended up leaving what she thought was a generous tip – and what she always leaves for stylists – 20 percent

So, what do you think? Should Carrie have just sucked it up and tipped ten bucks?  Is it ever ok for the salon to post a suggested tip amount? Some of our friends think it makes sense given how reasonable the cost of the blow out is.  Others agree with Carrie and think it is beyond tacky for any salon to suggest a tip to their clients.  So … did the salon blow it – or did Carrie?

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3 Responses to “Bad Manners At The Blow Dry Salon”

  1. Molly says:

    A few thoughts here:
    Many of these new “blow dry only” salons are popping up and here in NYC (where the price is always $40.) they are very popular with tourists. Tourists from other countries where tipping is not so customary, are often confused about what to do and many business’ such as restaurants let people know the suggested tipping amount. So in this case, I just figure that the gratuity sign is for tourists.

    About the amount:

    I think Carrie should tip on how much time it took to blow dry her hair. I have fairly straight hair and don’t want any curl on the ends and don’t want any flat ironing, so I’m usually the most simple and quick blow dry the stylist will have all day. Many others, especially those with curly hair who want their hair blown straight, take a much longer time to blow dry. Hair sections are smaller and have to have more repeated passings of the dryer on them. often followed by some flat ironing. This is real pain in the butt work. So while my blow dry takes about 15 minutes, curly and/or frizzy hair ladies can take from 40 minutes to an hour. The salon charges the same for all of us and they could easily charge a $5. surcharge for hair that takes over a half hour to do, but they don’t.

    So, my suggestion is for Carrie not to take her annoyance of the management’s posted tipping suggestions out on the hair stylist…..which is like under tipping the waiter if you don’t like how the chef cooked a dish. If her blow dry was quick and simple like mine always is, then I think $7. is fine, however, if she took longer than most due to curly hair, flat ironing or other things such as asking for a change, then give the stylist the extra $3.00. If the $3.00 is a hardship she shouldn’t be going to blow drying salons.

  2. louie says:

    TIPS means “To Insure Proper Service”. This is the first question of value that needs to be determined in the service experience. For an establishment to Advise you of what amount to Tip is unbelievably obnoxious. Are you to be shamed into paying more than what you would pay for in a fine dining experience? I think not. What’s the matter here? To be shamed into doing something you think is exorbitant is wrong and plainly stupid.

  3. Sue says:

    I agree with Molly. My hair which is very thick and has a lot of curl to it also takes longer to wash, to cut, etc. takes longer for any hairdresser to do no matter what they are doing to it. In most cases I do not even have them blow it out or finish it because of the time it takes. I recently had a shampoo and trim and left a 25% tip for the hairdresser. My hair seemed fine at the time I left but when I did my hair myself the following day, I found that there is about a half inch to an inch difference between the left and right side of my head. Was I unhappy? A little but knowing my hair, I will just have it fixed next time because I will be the only one that really can tell.

Any Thoughts?