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When you’re at the nail salon and the aesthetician is done with your nails, there’s always a slightly awkward moment where you’re fumbling in your bag, wondering how much you should tip.
Well, this guide is aimed at solving this problem for you once and for all. Below, we talk about how much to tip nail salon stylists for different services, including pedicure and nail paint.
Should You Tip at the Nail Salon?
Most people wonder if getting their nails done is the same as getting a haircut or a blow-dry. Do you need to tip your manicurist or nail aesthetician? Yes, you do.
According to Julie Kandalec, who does celebrity manicures in New York City and has founded the Masterclass Nail Academy, “The tip should be part of the final price that a client expects to pay,” she says. “For example, if your service costs $50, you should see it as costing $60.”
Therefore, you should pay at the nail salon like you would at a spa treatment or a hair salon. It’s not only good etiquette but also helps you foster a good relationship with your nail aesthetician.
More importantly, nail technicians do not bring home a lot of money. According to Nails Magazine, the average earning of a nail technician per week is $653. However, 74% of these technicians said they provide their tools, equipment and supplies, spending up to $400 a month on the essentials necessary to perform their job.
Good To Know
Even if you use Groupon or another coupon app to get the nail services, you should tip the manicurist. In that case, you need to base your tip on the actual fee the service costs and not the discounted price.
How Much to Tip Nail Salon Stylists?
You should tip 15% to 20% at the nail salon, according to Jodi R.R. Smith, the founder of Mannersmith and an etiquette consultant.
She says that “If you are supremely pleased, you can tip more, or if you are disappointed, you may tip less.” Therefore, your tip amount can increase or decrease based on the level of service you have received from the nail aesthetician.
Meanwhile, Christa Cole, a nail artist based in Los Angeles, says you should tip 20% or more since anything under that could make the nail artist feel underappreciated.
She says, “If your nail tech did an amazing job, please don’t hesitate to tip them what you feel they deserve. Showing your nail tech that they are appreciated will make them go above and beyond for you every time.”
Establish a Solid Relationship and Tip Accordingly
It’s also important to note that your relationship with the nail artist also determines what you tip them. For instance, if you have a good relationship with them, you might tip 20%.
But if you are in the process of developing a relationship, you might want to tip more.
At an Austin, TX salon named Lacquer, nail technicians get an average of 18% tip for their services. …….