How Much Should I Tip a Barber?

by Kathy Adams

While tipping your barber is not required, a tip from 15 to 20 percent of the haircut cost is a fair tip amount. Adjust the tip as you see fit based on quality of service, amount of time spent on the haircut or for extra services such as shampooing or a shave.

Barber Tip Basics

While 15 to 20 percent is a general guideline for barber tips, offer a tip of at least $1, as handing out change may seem insulting. If the haircut cost nothing -- for instance, if the barber offers a free cut after every 10 -- tip based on the normal price you pay for the service. If others shampoo your head or give you a shave at the barber shop, tip them at least $2 each. If you feel the barber service is either exceptional or lacking, adjust your tip as you feel necessary. An extra tip may be offered around the winter holidays as a gift; give $5 to $20 or an amount that seems fair to you based on service and how often you visit the barber.

About the Author

Kathy Adams won several investigative journalism awards from the Associated Press. Adams has ghostwritten several books and content for A-list musicians' websites. She is equally at home repurposing furniture and found objects into art as she is managing bands and community gardening efforts, running non-profit organizations and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals.

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