Tipping is a custom that allows you to express appreciation for a job well done. But when it comes to salon, spa, and nail services, it can be hard to decide who and how much to tip — especially on a color job gone wrong. And while tipping is at your discretion, here are a few suggestions on amounts to give in a variety of circumstances. See the guidelines when you read more.
When it comes to salon etiquette, we all have a general idea of what to do. Don't run with scissors, keep your clothes on under the styling cape, and never ask the stylist why his hair color is so weird. But what about the finer points of in-salon behavior? Fouling up subtler salon social mores can really annoy your stylist, making it hard for her to do her job, and making it much more likely that you won't get the style you want. So how can you tell if your stylist has reason to be PO'd? To find out, just keep reading.
The recession has adversely affected salons across the US, but it's been disproportionally hard on small, locally-owned salons that cater to African-Americans. Apparently, with clients going longer and longer between appointments to save money and the popularity of formerly profitable treatments like relaxers on the wane, hundreds of shops have been forced to shutter. Their stylists then head to larger salons, often corporate owned.
It's already bad to have locally-owned businesses closing, but salons can be community anchors, and their loss is deeper than simply no longer having a neighborhood beauty parlor. Hopefully, the closings will finally get large salons to actively hire stylists who can work with very curly hair. But, being able to walk into your nearest salon and be sure that they can work with your hair no matter its texture still seems a long way off. What do you think the fallout from losing so many community salons will be, and do you think they'll make a comeback?
If you're a hairstylist, scissors may not be the workplace hazard you should be most concerned about. Recently, a British stylist's septum actually collapsed from infection created by years of constant exposure to hair. Apparently hair fragments can lodge themselves inside your nose, causing irritation and eventual infection. And if you're a stylist, the daily irritation can prevent any wounds in your nose from healing, leading to painful long-term injuries and eventually necessitating surgery.
Stylists can avoid the problem by wearing masks, but salons often won't let them do so, fearing it'll scare customers off. Would you be OK with your stylist wearing a mask, or would it just creep you out too much?
Like the Wii but saddened by its lack of salon-centric games? Then mope no more, my compatriot, for Redken has created Busy Scissors, a new game that "allows consumers to perm, color, shampoo, cut, blow dry, and style hair." You work your way up in the digital salon by helping "unlock each client’s inner potential by finding their unique outward style." The game hasn't hit stores yet, but you can check out the video below for a preview. Do you think you'll be getting busy with this game later, or not so much?
Here's the scenario: you're in the salon chair and you've requested a specific cut or color job. But then your stylist suggests something completely different altogether, and for inexplicable reasons, you cave under the pressure. (See photo of asymmetrical spiked hair with blond bangs for proof. Not horribly hideous, just not the Winona Ryder pixie I dreamed of.) I'm always willing to listen to my stylist, who's specially trained to adapt cut and color requests for my specific texture, face shape, and undertones. However, I've left the salon with goofy results more than I care to admit. Have you ever had a salon experience get out of control, too?
Yesterday while hitting up the food court for lunch, I passed by a Bare Escentuals makeup station on wheels parked right outside of Sugar HQ. While I didn't have time for a "makeunder," I couldn't help but check it out. I also couldn't help but wonder if girl at the counter's use of the term makeunder meant that I was in dire need to tone down my look, or if it was simply BE lingo used as a nod to the brand's natural-looking aesthetic. (I'm guessing the latter.) How about you? Whether it's a mobile salon or a skincare station to-go, do you break for beauty mobiles?
Lately I've been seeing descriptions of new salons that emphasize their design elements over the services offered; you'll find out who the architect is before you'll ever know whether they offer manicures. I'm not quite sure why this is happening — maybe with the economy down, salons are looking for ways to distinguish themselves — but it got me thinking: Are you willing to pay extra for a blow-out in that Frank Gehry-designed atrium or to sit in an Eames chair? I like a beautifully curated environment as much as the next person, but if a stylist is good, I'd be happy to get my hair cut in a back alley. Is that just me, though? Is going someplace nicer worth a little extra to you?
Wow, this place is very serious about brows. The May issue of WWD Beauty Biz profiles a salon and boutique in Beverly Hills called Billion Dollar Brows that caters almost exclusively to eye brows. Opened last Fall, the shop offers a menu of services ranging including brow shaping, brow tints, lash tints, and two special non-invasive lifts: the Billion Dollar Brow Lift ($75) and the Billion Dollar Face Lift ($155).
The shop is an extension of the Billion Dollar Brows product line, which was founded in 2004 by Natalie and Bob Plain. The husband and wife team launched with an offering called Brow Boost, designed to restore thinning brows, and followed soon after with other products, including a brow gel and lash condition. Later this year, Billion Dollar Brows will launch tweezers, scissors, and an extra-strength version of Brow Boost, according to WWD Beauty Biz.
I think we all understand the importance of good brow grooming, but would you visit a salon solely for eye brows? Tell me below.