October 10, 2021

How Much to Tip Nail Salon

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You should absolutely tip after getting your nails done. Keep reading to find out just how much to tip for a mani, pedi, acrylics, and more.

Nail techs rely on your tips to make ends meet.

After they've spruced up your toes or fingers, a tip is the best way to say 'thank you.'

But tipping a beauty professional is a bit different than tipping for pizza delivery. Use this quick nail tip cheat sheet for your next mani-pedi.

How much do you tip a manicurist?

The standard hospitality rate is 15%, but you're generally expected to tip 20% at nail salons. This is similar to the standard tipping rate for massages and spas.

You can always give more if you really enjoyed the service.

Calculate How Much to Tip Nail Salon

Is $10 a good tip for nails?

You should tip 20% for your manicure. If your manicure was $50, then $10 is a good tip since it's 20% of the original service price.

So, the total price for a $50 manicure, including a 20% tip, would be $60.

How much do you tip for a $60 pedicure?

Following the standard 20% tip rate for nail salons, you should tip $12. This means the total price for a $60 pedicure is $72.

How much do you tip for a $50 pedicure?
You should tip $10 for a $50 pedicure. This follows the 20% standard tip rate for nail salons.

How much do you tip for $100 nails?

If the original price of a manicure is $100, then you should tip $20. The final cost you should expect to pay for the service is $120. This follows the standard 20% tip rate for nail salons.

Do you tip for nail repair?

You should pay 15% - 20% for nail repairs. For nail repairs and quick polishes, your tip should reflect the skill that went into the service.

Even if it seems like a simple service, your tip should fairly compensate the artist for their time.

How much to tip a nail salon for acrylics?

If you're satisfied with your acrylic nail service, you should tip 20% - 25% to your beauty professional.

How much should you tip your nail tech for Christmas? Anywhere from $25 to $50 is a good amount. If you have a nail tech that you see regularly, a modest Christmas "bonus" is a good way to thank them for all their beautiful work throughout the year. Or, you might give them a small gift that you think they'd like.

Nail Salon Etiquette

If you're satisfied with your manicure or pedicure, you should always tip your beauty professional. But how much you tip can vary depending on the price of your service. The tip should be part of the final price you expect to pay.

Here are some etiquette tips to remember for your next trip to the nail salon:

  • Always arrive on time, or even a little early. Nail technicians keep a tight schedule of appointments, so punctuality is appreciated.

  • Come in with an idea of what you want. If you take way too long to pick a color or design, the nail tech might feel rushed to finish before their next appointment.

  • Try to keep toe and finger-wiggling to a minimum. Excessive movement makes it hard for manicurists to keep a steady hand! If you're ticklish, just let your technician know.

  • Have a very specific design in mind? Come in with reference pictures and describe your vision in detail. This makes nail techs' jobs easier and you're more likely to leave the salon happy.

Bottom line

There's nothing like a fresh coat of polish on your nails - you feel more confident, feminine, and all-around put together.

Plus, the ceremonious process of cuticle clipping, vitamin E oil, and, of course, picking out your color is therapeutic and relaxing.

A 20% tip is a nice way to thank your nail tech. If you're unhappy with your service, you can tip lower - 10% - 15%. But if you have a regular relationship with your beauty professional, give positive feedback to let them know you appreciate their work. Or even give them a small gift. All of these things go a long way.

Amber Kong is a content specialist 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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