Hair Salon Dos and Don'ts

I recently found a hair salon and stylist that I just love.  She did an amazing job on my cut and color, and I want to establish a great relationship.  I brushed up on my hair salon dos and don'ts so I would be sure I was respectful and tipping appropriately for the service.


How much you tip depends on a lot of factors, but it should be 15 to 20 percent of the total.  If you like the service, tip more.  Stylists in higher end salons expect a tip closer to 20 percent, even though the cost is higher.  If someone other than your stylist washes your hair, tip $3 to $5, and don't assume that your stylist shares the tip like waitresses do.  


If you are getting a new cut or color, take a photo.  Your idea of light blonde and your stylist's idea of light blonde may be completely different, so show her exactly what you want.

Voice Concerns

If you think the stylist isn't doing something how you want it, don't be afraid to ask questions.  Be polite, and you may save yourself from a cut or color that you didn't want.  

Natural Hair

Your hair should be clean and unstyled when you walk in to the salon.  The stylist wants to see how your hair behaves before you straighten or curl it.  This will help her cut your hair the best way for your hair type.

Now that you know hair salon dos and don't, you're ready to get a great cut and feel comfortable at the salon!