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Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by DireWolf » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:17 pm

I usually get my hair cut at Great Clips. But a new barbershop offers a lot more services for a slightly higher price. Does a 20% tip seem reasonable (similar to tipping a server at a restaurant)?

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Post by GoldenFinch » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:21 pm

Yes. Nice barbers deserve nice tips! :happy

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Post by ClevrChico » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:23 pm

I tip 20% at my local barber shop. $15/cut + $3/tip. This is a fairly large metro area, and a majority of customers do tip.

I've found I started getting better cuts once they knew me and I tipped.

When I lived in a small town, tipping the barber/owner was unheard of.

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Post by poker27 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:24 pm

I go to great clips as well, and I always tip 5 bucks. I figure this person is doing me a service i can't live without. I have been contemplating going to or at least trying out a nicer place that charges 45-60 bucks for a cut. I imagine that these individuals are compensated moreso than the people at great clips since they get to decide how much they charge. So I plan to tip 20% there.

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Post by InvestorNewb » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:30 pm

I bought a hair clipper and shave my own head. That's the boglehead way.
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Post by samsmith » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:35 pm

Go to Haircuttery. Tip $5

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Post by tim1999 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:35 pm

Haircuts here go for $14-$18 whether it's "Joe's Barber Shop" or Supercuts unless you go for some yuppie place like "American Male". National chain I usually tip $5 because they do a great fast job and get paid hardly anything. Self proprietor I tip $1-2 since they keep all the money and from what they say in loose conversation, many under-report to the IRS since it's a 100 percent cash business.

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Post by RonBurgundy » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:40 pm

I also go to Great Clips and am lucky to always be able to have the same woman there cut my hair. I used to always give her $5 but recently started giving $6. I have no idea how much they're paid but I assume it's not a lot so I'm happy to give a generous tip. :sharebeer

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Post by Toons » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:40 pm

DireWolf wrote:I usually get my hair cut at Great Clips. But a new barbershop offers a lot more services for a slightly higher price. Does a 20% tip seem reasonable (similar to tipping a server at a restaurant)?


Seems reasonable to me :happy
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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:46 pm

$14 haircut + $6 beard trim + $5 tip = $25. They open at 10, but it's right down the street so the 2 hair ladies know me and let me in early. Considering how bald I am, I should get a serious discount, but whatever :)

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Post by jbuzolich » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:06 pm

I don't go by percentage but do frequent Great Clips for myself and our son. Usually tip $3 each or round up if I have a coupon. Not a bad intake for a ten minute clip.
Also love their mobile app for checking in. One of my top three time savers on my phone!

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Post by ddurrett896 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:48 am

$16 cut + $4 tip = $20

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Post by saladdin » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:56 am

Nope. Never.

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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by alpenglow » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:11 am

InvestorNewb wrote:I bought a hair clipper and shave my own head. That's the boglehead way.


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Post by prudent » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:12 am

I go to a BoRics ($14) and tip $5. They don't do appointments for haircuts but if I go and the person I use is really backed up, she'll tell me when to come back so I don't have to wait the whole time. When I come back, she'll take me next. A couple times I just went to the next available person but I wasn't happy with the results.

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Post by Sheepdog » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:18 am

My barbershop charges $5...I give a $2 tip. :dollar
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Post by Sidney » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:29 am

InvestorNewb wrote:I bought a hair clipper and shave my own head. That's the boglehead way.

Actually, Bogleheads prefer steady growth and taking a little off the top every now and then to keep things balanced. Going to 100% skin smacks of timing.
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Post by climber2020 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:39 am

I'm very picky about my haircuts. Places like Great Clips invariably mess it up. Found a great local hairdresser who cuts it for $30, and I tip $10.

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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by lthenderson » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:45 am

I haven't paid to get my hair cut since 1980. Figuring 6 trims a year at $15 a pop invested in an S & P 500 index fund the last 35 years at an average 10% growth, that's nearly $27k in my pocket already.

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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by N1CKV » Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:47 am

My favorite place to get a trim closed shop. Owner cut my hair and usually left a $1-2 tip.
After he closed shop unexpectedly I needed a trim in a haste so I swung in to Supercuts - worst haircut in my life.
I was headed home right after anyway, so I reexamined at home, next morning I went to Sally's Beauty Supple (with a hat on) and purchased a set of Wahl Clippers. My wife fixed my haircut. Since then she does all of my haircuts, probably the last 3 years at least now. She doesn't always do the best job, but I'm not too picky, basically shave the sides and back and clip the top to just long enough to brush, blend between.
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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by Abe » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:41 am

I live in a small town. We had one barber, but he died a few years ago. He charged $6.00 for a haircut. No one tipped, and he didn't expect a tip. Since he died, I go to another larger town to get a haircut. I now pay $12.00 for a haircut, but I don't tip except at Christmas time. I remember when you went to the barber; he cut your hair; you paid him and everyone was happy. I didn't even know barbers expected a tip until my barber died and I had to go somewhere else to get a haircut.
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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by Abe » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:52 am

Sheepdog wrote:My barbershop charges $5...I give a $2 tip. :dollar


Sheepdog:

That's my kind of barber. :happy
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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by crg11 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:53 am

$16 + $4 tip for me. They do a good job and I go every ~3 weeks.

I have thought about going shorter and just using clippers myself, but always afraid of messing up and then not having any recourse until it grows back.

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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by Sheepdog » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:33 am

Abe wrote:
Sheepdog wrote:My barbershop charges $5...I give a $2 tip. :dollar


Sheepdog:

That's my kind of barber. :happy

Yes, he is, and I only see him every 3 to 4 weeks (not much hair left after all.) My wife's hairdresser charges her only $14 a week including tips, $45 for permanent and that's cheap for her. But, my Old English Sheepdog's trimming costs $75 to $85 several times a year. You can see where I stand.
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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by PowDay » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:42 am

$25 Cut, $5 Tip,

Lunchtime haircuts in downtown Boston.

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Post by tim1999 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:56 am

I just remembered that I usually bring my barber a case of his favorite beer around Christmas time. He puts it in the shop fridge for all to enjoy.

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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:04 pm

I pay $12, and give a $3.00 tip. For that I receive a haircut, and at least one cold beer, sometimes more.

Around Christmas I drop of a case of beer at the shop.

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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by MikeWillRetire » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:18 pm

$18 for the haircut and a $7 tip at a nice non-corporate barber shop in Baltimore. Love the place.

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Post by fareastwarriors » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:39 pm

$9 for a cut, $3/4 tip.

it used to be $8!

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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by Abe » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:58 pm

Sheepdog wrote:
Abe wrote:
Sheepdog wrote:My barbershop charges $5...I give a $2 tip. :dollar


Sheepdog:

That's my kind of barber. :happy

Yes, he is, and I only see him every 3 to 4 weeks (not much hair left after all.) My wife's hairdresser charges her only $14 a week including tips, $45 for permanent and that's cheap for her. But, my Old English Sheepdog's trimming costs $75 to $85 several times a year. You can see where I stand.


You and your wife's haircuts are cheaper than the dogs. I guess that's fair since it's more hair. Just curious, do you tip the dogs barber? :happy
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Post by Texanbybirth » Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:00 pm

$12.95 cut and $4 at a suburban Dallas place. I've been going since I was a boy, but now it's privately owned and not the chain it used to be. I prefer it that way, as the ladies are nice and let me in early.

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Post by rs899 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:24 pm

When I was working it was Great Clips $14 and $2 tip.

Now I have retired and it's a $5 place down the street and I still tip$2.

I really have so little left on top that I should just shave it myself, but I hate to shave my beard as it is so why would I add to that irritation?

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Post by spectec » Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:55 pm

For a long time I had my hair cut by a business client who charged $25, plus I always tipped her $5.
Then she moved out of town and I had to find someone else.

Now I go to a guy in a small shop across the street from my office.
He does a better job, and he charges me $12.
So I pay him $20, and I feel like I'm still saving $10 per cut.
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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by oc4boxer » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:36 pm

I can't resist a good tipping thread.

I tip $1-2 on a $20 haircut. Looks like this makes me cheap.

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Post by communipaw » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:40 pm

From my experience there's a difference between tipping an employee and tipping the owner / sole barber owner.

I've been tipping $7 on a $20 haircut to the owner of a barber shop that employs a half dozen barbers.

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Post by kjvmartin » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:48 pm

$17 cut and $5 tip every 3-4 weeks depending on my schedule. They know exactly what to charge my card, don't even have to ask.

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Post by gscook3 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:33 pm

$10 haircut (in Cambridge, MA), tip $5 b/c i can't believe i found a $10 haircut that close to Boston. Percentage-wise it's crazy but it's better than Supercuts/Fantastic Sams cuts i've had costing in the $15 neighborhood before tip.

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Post by miles monroe » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:40 pm

i don't think i'd want to go to one of those barbers that drink beer while they work. :)

2 serious questions:

1. is it possible to buy a pair of clippers and do it yourself?

2. i use greatclips and have always had a coupon to use. does anyone know who takes the hit on the discount; the individual barber or greatclips?

oh, and to answer the question i generally tip $3.

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Post by Garco » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:41 pm

I've had the same barber for 25 years. I have less hair, but his prices have gone up. I like him, and he does a good job.

He charges $16 at this time. I pay him $20.

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Post by Miriam2 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:13 pm

Sheepdog wrote:But, my Old English Sheepdog's trimming costs $75 to $85 several times a year. You can see where I stand.

Yes, Sheepdog - but your Old English Sheepdog looks stunning :happy and computer literate as well! Always makes me happy to see him!

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Post by stemikger » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:41 pm

DireWolf wrote:I usually get my hair cut at Great Clips. But a new barbershop offers a lot more services for a slightly higher price. Does a 20% tip seem reasonable (similar to tipping a server at a restaurant)?


My Father was a barber and I followed in his footsteps right out of high school. After Hairdressing school, I was a working barber in New York City for 8 years. This was over 20 years ago. At the time, we charged $12 to $18 dollars for a men's haircut and the average tip was $5. $5 was considered the norm, $2 to $3 was on the cheap side, and anything over $5 was considered extra generous. I personally appreciated a tip no matter how large or small. I know some of the other barbers would say things if they received a $2 tip no matter what the price of the haircut was.

Even though I was mainly a barber, I also cut women's hair. The best tip I used to get was from a steady client who would get a perm on short hair. I charged her $75 for the perm and she would (are you sitting down) tip me another $75. Needless to say, I used to love when I would see her name in the appointment book.

The shop was in New York City I realize other parts of the country don't even charge these prices today. I was never insulted or upset by a small tip, but what did bother me was when one of your stead customers would go to another stylist. That was a clear indication they did not like the way you cut their hair.
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Post by dratkinson » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:47 pm

If offered the senior discount, then barber can keep it as tip. If not, then not.

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Post by PlayingLife » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:22 pm

$16 for a cut, and $7 tip. I'm not as giving as I should be to charity but I do at least try to be generous with tipping...especially when I see people working hard and I know they aren't loaded.

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Post by Mitchell777 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:01 am

I usually go to a one man shop. He, or his father before him, have been there for 70 years or more. Charge is $10.00. I give him a couple xtra dollars tip and $5 or $10 at Christmas. Not looking forward to him retiring, although at 75 he deserves it when he wants to go

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Post by John3754 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:05 am

I bought professional quality clippers (the same ones the barber uses) 20 years ago for $50 and haven't paid for a haircut since.

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Post by JimmyD » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:23 am

My haircut is $15 and I always tip $5.

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Post by TxAg » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:29 am

I tip $4 on a $12 cut. Took me a long tome to find a good, inexpensive barber in the big city.

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Post by BlueFin » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:59 am

I never understood tipping the owner of a business. I thought tips were to compensate employees when their employers are too cheap to pay a living wage.

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Post by htdrag11 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:40 pm

Super Cut senior discount, $13 + $3 tip.

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Re: Tipping at a Barbershop

Post by Buckeye » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:57 pm

I get about 15 haircuts a year. $12 + $3 tip.

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