From: Nicolle (188.8.131.52)
In Reply to: I'd always heard not to tip salon owner too....not sure what to do, don't want to offend either way posted by Lauren on May 30, 2007 at 7:46 am:
A great majority of the time my hairdresser has been the owner and I only tipped because I hadn't been informed I shouldn't. I still do.
I find tipping in general to be kind of embarassing/crass. It's like you slither over there and slip them some cash somewhere like they're an exotic dancer. HERE'S SOME MONEY.. WHERE DO I PUT THIS? YOUR WAISTBAND? (just kidding)
I want to give them $$, don't get me wrong, but it just the monetary handoff just seems like a "deal" of some sort to me. I'm not used to chasing people around a business asking them where to put cash I just whipped out for them.
An upscale salon in Chicago had a better way to handle it. There were envelopes at the front along with a little box. You'd put your tips in the envelopes, address them and put them in the box. Then throughout the day someone would empty the box and pass out envelopes.
Another less crass way to do it is to mail the salon owner or hairdresser a check, giftcard, etc. in a thank you note.
Credit cards are easy since you can just add it to the credit card receipt but one salon I was at didn't allow tips to be added to credit cards.
That was a long diatribe but I've always tipped and the owners always seemed very grateful for the tips. I just always feel very uncomfortable chasing someone around with cash.