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If I am not going to the hairdresser during the holiday season, should I still give her a "holiday tip?"?

Asked by jca (35989points) December 20th, 2010

I last saw the hairdresser in late November and will not go again until January. Should I still give her a holiday “present” or am I excused from it since I will not be seeing her during the holidays?

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Taciturnu's avatar

I think that depends on what your relationship with her is like, and what you’re willing to do. It’s a tough year for a lot of people.

If you have a little extra, it’s a nice gesture.

Seelix's avatar

It depends on how long you’ve been with her and what your relationship is like, as @Taciturnu said. If things are tight for you right now, don’t worry about it. If you have a little extra, she’d probably appreciate it very much.

marinelife's avatar

If she is your regular hairdresser and has been for sometime, I think you should give her something extra in January.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I didn’t know you have to give your hairdresser a holiday tip. Must be an American thing.

RedPowerLady's avatar

When it comes to giving tips the first true test is if you have the money. In all honesty when going someplace when a tip is expected you should figure it in the costs so you know you have enough. With something like this though if you can’t give then you can’t give and a thank you card will suffice. A thank you card is great no matter the circumstances.

My second thought is how often do you see your hairdresser? If it is on a regular basis and they do good work then I would say your hairdresser does deserve a holiday tip even if you don’t see them in December. There are still holidays in January and in November so missing Christmas doesn’t exempt you from the obligation. Anyhow, as I see it, it is more of a “year well done” gift than a “merry christmas” gift. This of course only applies if you do have the money to give a tip.

janbb's avatar

If it isa hairdresser you see regularly, I would suggest you either stop by and give them a card and a tip or tip them at your first appointment in the New Year. I do not give out many tips at the holidays, but I do give my haircutter a nice tip. As @RedPowerLady says (hi there!), if you do not have extra money, then you could forego it.

Pandora's avatar

It would depend on how long have you gone and seen only her. And how difficult is the cut. If its always just a quick maintance hair cut and you tip every time, then I wouldn’t go out of my way.
If however the haircuts are always a long process, (weaves, dye jobs, curling, staightening along with the cut and style) and she always does an excellent job and takes her time, then I would tip her.
If you are always a generous tipper than I may also not go out of my way because she no doubt already counts you as a reliable and generous customer and she may not expect something for Christmas from you and she won’t want to jepordize any future generous tips.

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