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A cheat sheet on tipping do's and don'ts

Reward salon and spa workers
Reward salon and spa workers

Many workers in the beauty business get paid a commission only or minimum wage plus a small percentage of the fee. Remember them with these gratuities suggested by etiquette coach Hoffman.

Salon/spa tipping suggestions:

  • Massage therapist: 10 percent to 20 percent of the charge.
  • Hairstylist: 10 percent to 20 percent.
  • Manicure or facial: 15 percent.
  • Barber: $2 to $3.

Don't forget your four-legged friends:

  • Pet groomer: 10 percent for short-haired, if well behaved; 15 percent for long-haired, well-behaved dogs; and 20 percent for the not so well-behaved.

Your best gauge is to consider the service you're getting and to give what's appropriate, says Hoffman. "Any tip given with a genuine smile and a 'thank you' is better than nothing at all," she says.

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