Not sure how much you should be tipping your nail tech? Check out our blog post for a breakdown of what is standard, and when you should go above and beyond.
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The Standard Tip
The standard tip for a nail tech is 20 percent of the total bill. For example, if your total bill is $40, you should tip $8. This amount can change based on the level of service you received. If you had a great experience, you may want to tip a little more.
15-20% of the service cost
Nail technicians provide a valuable service and should be fairly compensated for their time and effort. The standard tip for a nail tech is 15-20% of the service cost. This amount can be increased if you are happy with the level of service received.
When to Tip More
It’s always good to show your appreciation for a job well done, but how much should you tip your nail tech? Depending on the level of service, you may want to tip more for exceptional service. Here are some guidelines for when to tip more.
If the service was exceptional
There are a few general guidelines to follow when it comes to tipping, but ultimately, you should use your best judgement and tip according to the level of service you received. If your nail tech went above and beyond to give you an exceptional experience, it is appropriate to tip 20% or more.
If you received a complimentary service
If you received a complimentary service, such as a hand massage or extra coat of polish, it’s always nice to show appreciation with a larger tip, says Level. Think 15 to 20 percent of the total bill.
When to Tip Less
Tipping your nail tech can be a confusing ordeal. You may not know how much to tip, or when it is appropriate to tip less. Here are some guidelines to help you navigate the world of tipping your nail tech.
If the service was poor
If the service was poor, it is not necessary to tip as much. A good rule of thumb is to consider the quality of the service in relation to the price you paid. If you paid $20 for a manicure and the service was poor, a $5 tip would be appropriate. If you paid $50 for a manicure and the service was poor, a $10-$15 tip would be appropriate.
If you experienced pain during the service
Although it’s always beneficial to reward good service with a tip, there are certain situations in which you may feel inclined to tip less than the standard 20%. If you experienced pain during your service, for example, you may want to leave a smaller tip or no tip at all.
How to Tip
Tipping can be a confusing topic, especially when you’re getting a service done that you don’t do regularly. When it comes to tipping your nail tech, you have a few options. You can either tip them in cash or you can add the tip to your credit card total.
Cash is always best
When it comes to tips, cash is always best. Your nail tech can take the cash and use it right away, without having to worry about processing a check or waiting for cards to clear.
If paying with credit, tip on the pre-tax amount
If you’re paying with cash, it’s always appropriate to tip on the full amount of the service. However, if you’re using a credit card, you should tip on the pre-tax total. For example, if your manicure costs $40 and the tax is $3, you would tip on $43.
What Not to Do
A lot of people don’t know how much to tip their nail tech and end up not tipping at all or tipping too little. This can be a big mistake because your nail tech is probably working very hard to make sure you have a good experience. Here are a few things you should avoid doing when it comes to tipping your nail tech.
Don’t not tip
It is customary to tip your nail technician 15-20% of the service cost. However, if you feel that the service was not up to par, it is perfectly acceptable to leave a smaller tip or no tip at all.
Don’t tip with change
From leaving a big tip to never using your cell phone, here are the top 10 things you should never do at the nail salon.
1. Don’t be a cheapskate.
It’s pretty much standard to tip 15 to 20 percent for manicures and pedicures, so don’t low-ball your nail tech by leaving a measly five or 10 percent.
2. Don’t use your cell phone.
Not only is it rude to be on your phone when you’re supposed to be relaxing, but it’s also dangerous. If you must take or make a call, step away from the nail station to do so.
3. Don’t ditch your appointment.
If you can’t make it to your appointment, give the salon a call at least 24 hours in advance so someone else can take your spot.
4. Don’t bring food or drink into the salon.
Most salons have a no-food policy for hygiene reasons, so refrain from munching on snacks while you get pampered. And while that glass of wine may sound tempting, alcohol is generally not allowed in nail salons.
5. Don’t try to haggle over prices.
Nail salons generally have set prices for their services, so trying to negotiate a lower price is generally not going to get you very far. If you’re unhappy with the price of a service, it’s best to take your business elsewhere.
6. Don’t bring young children along with you .
Nail salons can be noisy and chaotic places, which can be overwhelming for young children. It’s best to leave them at home with a babysitter or family member so they (and you) can relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
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