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Do You Tip For Laser Hair Removal? How Much Should You Tip?

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Published by Aida Turner

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Tipping for a service is an age-old practice that has been carried down from generation to generation.

This practice is gradually becoming a gesture to show respect to the waitresses for serving us well, and it is supposed to be a show of appreciation to the service provider.

Yet the question here is, how do you tip for each type of service, specifically for laser hair removal?

So to resolve this concern to prepare for the next hair treatment without awkwardness, in this article, we will give you thorough instructions for the practice.

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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 they have 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, then it stops being a tip but an additional charge of the service.

How much to tip laser hair removal?

This is also 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 put up a notice stating that tipping is not included in the treatments. 

Asking receptionist 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 a long period of time — much longer than with shaving and waxing.

When the hairs do grow back, they’ll be lighter, finer, and fewer in number.

This is the best way to prepare for laser hair removal

The treatment area should be shaved completely prior to treatment. Legs should be shaved no sooner than 24 hours prior to 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, and we have to state that it is 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 going smoothly.

See also: The 14 best laser hair growth products

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Founder & Hair Beauty Specialist

I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty and make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!