We got so used to tipping that it’s considered rude if someone doesn’t leave a tip at a restaurant.
But how about other service businesses like beauty salons?
In this article, we’ll talk about whether you should tip for laser hair removal and how much.
Should you tip for laser hair removal?
The answer is YES, you should tip for laser hair removal, but it is not mandatory.
Hair removal treatments are medical procedures, so if you feel that they have offered exceptional service or gone out of their way to include other services not paid for, you can tip them.
Give them what you feel like giving without having to calculate a certain percentage.
When tipping becomes mandatory, it stops being a tip but an additional charge of the service.
How much to tip laser hair removal?
This is optional too. It depends on where you use the services.
Some small areas will cost you $10-$20, and a medium area will cost you $20-$50, while a large area will cost you $50-$80.
So if you are satisfied with the services, typically, you should tip 10-20% of the original price. And if you get such a costly service like $1000-$2000, then 5%-10% is enough.
3 appropriate ways to tip a hair removal technician
Noticing the sign
Many laser centers usually alert their clients if tipping is expected or not.
To help you not feel obliged to tip if you don’t want to, they put up notices stating clearly that you are not required to tip.
If the laser center accepts tipping, it will advertise the fact that tipping is not included in the treatments.
Asking receptionists or workers
Don’t be afraid to ask the receptionist what the tipping etiquette is when you book an appointment.
It might feel awkward at the time, but it’s better than embarrassing yourself (and the technician) at the time of payment.
Asking friends and family who have undergone laser hair removal
Since they have firsthand experience, they will be in an excellent position to tell you whether or not tipping is required at the particular laser center where you are going to visit.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
In short, no. Laser hair removal works by heating the hair follicles to stop new hairs from growing.
This puts the hair follicles in a state of dormancy for an extended time — much longer than with shaving and waxing.
When the hairs grow back, they’ll be lighter, more delicate, and fewer in number.
This is the best way to prepare for laser hair removal
You should shave the treatment area entirely before treatment. Your legs should be shaved no sooner than 24 hours before your appointment to avoid irritation.
Do not wax, tweeze, epilate, or use chemical depilatories between laser treatments.
Tipping for the laser hair removal treatment is common, but not mandatory.
Just tip them when you want to tip as the service is beyond satisfaction, for example.
But before you do that, feel free to ask the receptionist or your experienced friends in advance to avoid awkwardness between you and the technician.
We hope that with the information we’ve just given, you can have the best preparation to make your hair treatment go smoothly.
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