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Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:43 pm      Reply with quote
Is it still the standard 15-20%?

If not, what is the appropriate amount?

IPL, skin-tightening, laser hair removal treatments are quite expensive. Bumping up the cost by 20% makes the cost all the more prohibitive.

What is your policy?


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Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:55 pm      Reply with quote
I never had the laser treatments, but I did Thermage, and no, I did not tip them since I believe I was already paying $1,800, so to add even 10% to that figure would kill me.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:56 pm      Reply with quote
Do NOT tip you are paying enough for god sake! Especially in a drs office setting you never tip.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:59 pm      Reply with quote
lucyluc wrote:
Do NOT tip you are paying enough for god sake! Especially in a drs office setting you never tip.


Totally! Can you imagine women getting a boob job waking up from the surgery and hand a tip to the doctor?
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:02 am      Reply with quote
Thank you all for your input soi far.
I can't stand the practise of tipping. I have always used the example of "Do you tip your nurse at the doctor's or in the hospital? I don't, and I don't tip at McDonald's." I also wouldn't tip a librarian or UPS man. But in regular salons it is expected. A single IPL treatment at a regular salon/spa might cost $300, and laser hair removal treatments can be $200-$300 on individual areas, like if one is doing one's underarms. There are places in NYC that are actually cheaper than that, even.

So I am not talking about $2,000 treatments necessarily. Would you still say not to tip? I feel pretty insecure in some of these snooty places, and in one place, they had a free promotion, and I asked about tipping and was told that 20% was customary by the receptionist, but of course that is probably what she was instructed to say. I didn't even have 20% on me -- the usual charge for the service was $200 -- so I left 10%. The next time I went in with a gift certificate, i left 15%.

What is the standard percentage you pay a hair colorist or other type of aesthetician?
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:17 am      Reply with quote
I never tip for treatments, only for massages at a spa or haircuts at the salon. As many different IPL's, Fraxel, resty, botox, facials and juvaderm's as I have experienced I would be broke! Laughing

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Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:59 pm      Reply with quote
you have to understand they are making quite a lot more money than than say a waitress in a coffee shop.
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:47 pm      Reply with quote
I never tipped my laser treatment aestheticians. Am I suppose to? But I do get it done in a Doc's office. I don't think I can afford tipping them anyways Rolling Eyes

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Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:20 pm      Reply with quote
I heard you NEVER tip in a drs office.
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:15 pm      Reply with quote
alibabka wrote:
Is it still the standard 15-20%?

If not, what is the appropriate amount?

IPL, skin-tightening, laser hair removal treatments are quite expensive. Bumping up the cost by 20% makes the cost all the more prohibitive.

What is your policy?


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I wouldn't tip because of the price of the service. The people at the spa would have to wrestle with the choice of having you as a return customer or someone who won't come back because of cost.
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