When you go to a hair salon, you have to worry about how much to tip your hairstylist. Tipping customs vary from country to country, and even within countries, there can be regional differences.

In this blog post, we will discuss tipping customs in Canada. We will give you some tips on how much to tip your hairstylist and information on when and how to tip other service providers in a hair salon.

Tipping is “a sum of money given to a person in addition to the basic price, typically as an expression of appreciation for good service.” This is also known as a gratuity. The tip is given directly to the service provider and is not included in the bill. The tip amount is at the customer’s discretion, but some general guidelines can be followed.

Before looking at the tipping guidelines, let me answer several questions regarding tipping in Canada:

  • When should tips be given?
  • When should tips not be given?
  • Why give tips?
  • What if I don’t have extra to give a tip?
  • Are there salons where tipping is not allowed?
  • How much should I give?

When should tips be given?

It is customary to tip 15% for all services provided in a hair salon in Canada. This includes the cost of your haircut, styling, and any other services you may have received. If you are happy with the service you received, you can give a larger tip of 20% or more. However, if you were not satisfied with the service, a smaller tip of less than 15% is acceptable.

When should tips not be given?

There are some situations when tipping is not expected or necessary in Canada. For example, if you only had a shampoo and blow-dry, it is not necessary to leave a tip. Tips are also not usually given for children’s haircuts or men’s haircuts.

Why give tips?

Tipping is not mandatory in Canada, but it is common to leave a tip for good service. Tips are usually given in cash, and the amount you give should be based on the quality of service you received. If you had a bad experience or felt that the service was unsatisfactory, you are not obligated to leave a tip.

What if I don’t have extra to give a tip?

If you do not have extra money to give a tip, it is perfectly acceptable to say so. Most hairstylists will understand and will not be offended.

Are there salons where tipping is not allowed?

There are some high-end salons where tipping is not allowed. These salons often have a “no tipping” policy to ensure that all of their clients receive the same level of service. If you are unsure whether tipping is allowed, you can always ask the front desk when you make your appointment.

How much should I give?

The amount you should give as a tip depends on your service level. If you are happy with your haircut and the overall experience, it is common to leave a tip that is 15-20% of the service’s total cost.

For example, if your haircut costs $50, a 15-20% tip would be $75-$100. If you received exceptional service, you might want to leave a higher tip. Conversely, if you were unhappy with the service or felt that it was subpar, you may want

In Canada, the standard tip for a hairstylist is 15-20%. If you have a $100 haircut, you should tip between $15 and $20. If you are happy with your service, you can always give a larger tip.

Some people choose to leave a 20% tip regardless of the cost of their haircut because they feel that this is a fair way to show their appreciation for the service.

When it comes to other salon services such as coloring or highlights, the standard tip is also 15-20%. For more expensive treatments such as Keratin, straightening, or extensions, you may want to consider tipping 20-25%.

It is always up to you how much you want to tip. If you are unsure, it is always better to err on the side of giving a larger tip. The people who work in hair salons provide a service that makes us look and feel good, so it is important to show our appreciation for their hard work!

Advantages of tipping

Tipping is not only a way to show your appreciation for good service, but it can also be a way to get better service in the future. When you leave a tip, you indicate to the hairstylist that you were happy with their work.

This will likely result in the hairstylist taking extra care with your hair the next time you come in to try and earn another tip.

The downfalls of tipping

While tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for good service, this practice has some downfalls. First of all, it can create an uneven playing field in the salon.

Some clients are more generous with their tips than others, leading to some stylists making significantly more money than others.

Additionally, if you are not used to giving tips, it can be easy to over-tip or under-tip your hairstylist.

This can be awkward and embarrassing, so it is important to know the standard tipping percentage before going into the salon.

In conclusion

Tipping customs vary from country to country and even within regions of countries. In Canada, the standard tip for a hairstylist is 15-20%. If you have a $100 haircut, you should tip between $15 and $20. When it comes to other salon services such as coloring or highlights, the standard tip is also 15-20%.

For more expensive treatments such as Keratin straightening or extensions, you may want to consider tipping 20-25%. It is always up to you how much you want to tip. If you are unsure, it is always better to err on the side of giving a larger tip.

The people who work in hair salons provide a service that makes us look and feel good, so it is important to show our appreciation for their hard work!