October 31, 2021

How Much to Tip a Barber

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Tipping is a huge part of any service industry. But how much should you give to your barber? Let's unpack proper barbershop etiquette.

A clean shave and a good fade can make you feel like a million bucks. And once you find a barber that gets it right, you always go back.

So, how much should you tip as a thank you for their valuable services?

Get the tipping breakdown below.

How much do you tip a barber for a haircut?

You should tip 15% - 20% of the entire bill for good service. You can tip more for exceptional service or less if you felt the work was inadequate.

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Should you tip 20% on a $30 haircut?
For good service, it's customary to tip your barber 20% for a $30 haircut. The final amount you'd expect to pay is $36.

Haircut tip amount based on location

How much you tip may change depending on your area. This is what you should know about the following locales:

  • New York City - 15% - 20% of the total bill
  • Canada - 15% - 20% of the total bill
  • United Kingdom - Tipping is less common in the UK and only done for exceptional service. You can tip your barber a few extra pounds for their work or 10% of the total bill.

How much to tip cheat sheet

Using 20% as a tipping baseline, here's what you'd expect to pay for the tip:

  • $20 haircut - $4 tip
  • $25 haircut - $5 tip
  • $30 haircut - $6 tip
  • $35 haircut - $7 tip
  • $40 haircut - $8 tip

How much do you tip a barber at Christmas? An additional holiday 'bonus' of $15 - $30 is a good way to thank your barber for all their work throughout the year. If you've been going to them for a long time, you can even tip a little more as a more personal 'thank you'.

How much do you tip at hair salons?

The standard tipping rate for hair salons is 15% - 25% of the total bill. Hair salons have a reputation for dealing with more complex services such as coloring or styling.

How much to tip hairdressers on a $100 haircut?
If you decide to tip 20% for a $100 haircut, you'd tip $20.

How much to tip hairdressers on a $200 haircut?
If you decide to tip 20% for a $200 haircut, you'd tip $40.

How much to tip hairdressers on a $300 haircut?
20% on a $300 haircut would come out to $60.

Bottom line

Having a great barber is important for your day-to-day life, and a generous tip is a good way to foster this relationship. Be sure to tip more during the holidays as a "thank you" for a year of great haircuts.

This small gesture will surely be noticed and is a nice token of appreciation.

Amber Kong is a content and creative at CreditDonkey, a personal finance comparison and reviews website. Write to Amber Kong at amber.kong@creditdonkey.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest posts.

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