Gratuity: a custom tendered to certain service sector workers for a service performed or anticipated.
“My mission this month is to implore to all ye Divas & Kings to hear and be enlightened of the cordial salon custom called tipping. ” – Tahnee M. Hairstylist
BEAUTY – In the glamorous world of Hair I would like to discuss a few things that I think is important for patrons to keep in mind when receiving hair services by any stylist in the industry. Every customer anticipates the sensation of feeling beautiful, gorgeous even outstanding because of the talents and skills of every stylist. I have engulfed my talents with romanticized notions of being more than an aboriginal woman who has mastered the art of hair; for those who are about to be rocked, are rocked by fairy godmothers and sisters of hair!
As a Master stylist between hair extensions, color corrections and the many creative cuts my job is physically demanding. You would think that such a physically demanding job, hair stylists would have benefits, paid vacations, or sick days. The truth is most salons don’t even pay hourly; truth is most salons operate on a commission basis.
Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely in love with my profession! This industry has taken me to a higher place of thisness in my life. No amount of money can replace the ever so respected institution of trust between client and stylist. However in the defense of countless and very talented aboriginal stylists, we must make a meaningful push to earn a living. My mission this month is to implore to all ye Divas & Kings to hear and be enlightened of the cordial salon custom called tipping.
To avoid sounding like I’m bashing or verbally throttling anyone, but sometimes stylists do take some unnecessary heat from patrons who either are having a bad day, are hormonally emotional or some other fantastic reason. Not that I would be ungrateful for the privilege of accommodating someone’s hair needs and desires, it’s just sometimes a very welcomed endowment to see a little something as incentive for the effort spent by stylists. In observance of such a diversely ethnic clientele of the salons I’ve experienced, and I do humbly apologize for stating for what I feel I must; clients of aboriginal decent are the ones who rarely feel that a gratuity is necessary. Salons and stylists alike do realize that it is costly to have hair services rendered; for example, product & hair service combined with gratuity does more than often does appear perhaps a bit much.
For everyone’s benefit, the following is a breakdown of salon costs and what stylists receive. Depending on the contract between stylist and salon; for the most part salons pay a 50/50 or a 60/40 percent commission, like I said it depends on the contract, there are some but very few that pay an hourly wage. Today my beloved divas and venerated Kings I will entertain you with a 50/50 percentile break down. Let’s say a stylist brings in 4000.00 every two weeks, out of that 4000.00 it is then split in half, of the stylists half the salon then deducts an 8 to 10 percent for product cost , colors , perms, waxing, and make-up. After this is determined then the Grand Huba takes his share (Revenue Canada), once taxes are deducted a stylist is roughly left with 1200.00-1400.00 depending on services. Upon my onset to the industry and learning this astounding portion of data, I then made an unfaltering drive to become Tahnee M. Masterstylist and earn the trust, respect and rapport of any patron who sits in my chair. I thank all those who have contributed as I am blessed with some very thankful and generous Divas and Kings. Catch me next month.
Hey y’all this month’s product recommendation are two of my favorite styling sprays and although there are so many good hairsprays to choose from (I could no sooner choose a star in the sky) these bad girls hold a special place in my hair world and I have rocked many do’s with these mama’s.
TIGI Master Piece Hair spray (right) is my multipurpose go to hairspray. This spray is packed with massive shine and has a light to medium hold with flexibility. I mainly use this as a finishing spray or when I’m curling hair. I love how it doesn’t leave the hair feeling hard and crunchy.
Tip – When round brushing damp hair I like to spray Master Piece at the roots to mid shaft. It gives luxurious shine, volume and hold. Spray over finished style to lock in hold.
TIGI Hard Head (left) has strong hold and control, it dries instantly. The more you use the harder it gets. Hard Head has subtle shine and conditions as it controls the hair. Great for all climates and weather, it can withstand humidity and powerful winds. This hairspray is genius, especially for updos and more serious styles. I have natural curly hair that can frizz on humid and rainy days and this bad mama rocks my do.
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(Photos provided by Tahnee M.)