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Should I tip my hair stylist if they own the salon???

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OK - Let me debunk this horrible myth. Since I own my own practice, I get asked this all of the time at the end of a transaction whether or not the client should tip.  I say yes!  

Clients who don't tip the business owner/stylist are a rare breed but let me explain why this misconception even got started. YEARS ago when salons were larger and hired tons of hair stylists, the salon owner/stylist made money hand over fist, taking 40%, 50% or even more from their beauty operators. These commission splits helped offset expenses (rent, supplies, salaries, etc) and there became an unwritten idea that you don't tip Your hair stylist if they own the salon. In cases like yesteryear there is some validity (however we always appreciate our generous tippers). Today, the map of salon ownership and freelancing has completely changed with more and more people working independently. 20-30% of my annual income comes from gratuities and we rely on those gratuities immensely. Our scissors alone c…