A poll on Irish news website thejournal.ie is showing that only 17% of clients always tip their hairdresser, whereas 36% never do. The majority of the respondents - almost half at 46% - answered 'sometimes'.

But thanks to the website's strong angle on user interaction, there is also no shortage of comments on the article giving valuable consumer insight into the reasons people decide whether or not to tip.A very common opinion is that hairdressers already earn at least minimum wage and that there seems to be no sense in tipping at the salon when you wouldn't tip others on a similar wage in other jobs like fast food or retail. A few hairdressers weighed in with the response that it's a hard job where you're always on your feet for relatively low pay. Some compare Ireland to the US, where tipping is expected (though not mandatory). The simple fact is that people don't feel they should pay out additional money on top of the basic cost of the service.

Then there are those who always tip. These are the ones who empathise with the low pay that a lot of hairdressers get, especially those who don't own the salon, and even more so juniors. Most of those who do tip tend to leave the change behind, paying about 10€ for a 9€ service or 15€ for a 12-13€ service.

One person raised the point that she has the works done at the hair salon by about three different people, meaning that she doesn't leave a tip because she wouldn't want to tip one, but couldn't afford all three.

The biggest affecting factor in leaving a tip seems to be the value a client attributes to their salon visit, whether it comes down to affordability or an exceptionally good cut or overall service, adding in things such as a relaxing head massage. But many things can contribute to somebody NOT leaving a tip - including one person's reason, "I usually tip before she starts clipping on condition she doesn’t ask me if I’ve any holidays planned".


Read on for a few select answers...

"Always, except that one time my hair got burnt by a madwoman with a hairdryer on volcanic heat setting"

"No! expensive enough as it is"

"Always tip, its rarely the hairdressers that set the costs and you can be damned sure they don’t get the majority of what you pay for their work."

"I tip for outstanding service and attention to detail. At the end of the day hairdressers do look after the way you look."

"Since when has this been ‘common practice’?
Never… That’s when"


What do you think of these results? I'd be interested to hear from hairdressers and clients alike with their views on tipping.