By Terez Howard
As the hilarious Dwight Schrute once said on The Office, “Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair.” And the punch line, “I did, however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.”
But, seriously, should we tip a Sisterlocks consultant or trainee?
My husband tips the barber that does his hair. Of course, the traditional 10 to 15 percent of $15 isn’t much. What if your price tag is the usual starting price for a Sisterlocks consultation, locking day and the first follow-up visit, or $550? What if you’ve got some length and high density and have to pay $850? What if the price is even higher than that? Then we’re talking about a tip between $55 and well over $100. That could possibly pay for a retightening!
This is a great question. The tipping range for any service usually falls between 10-15 percent (so anywhere from $55-$110 for an installation). From experience, a very small percentage of my clients tip, however, I’ve always tipped my locktician at least $10 during my retightenings…$5 and up would be appropriate.
What I did and what I do
I decided that I was not going to tip for my installation. Maybe this wasn’t the best choice, but the price was so high that I could not afford to give an adequate tip. I felt that a small tip would be meager in comparison to the price. Since Phyllis said most of her clients don’t tip, then I didn’t think that my consultant would be surprised when she did not get one.
On the other hand, I tip for every single retightening. This is a tip that I can afford. Not only that, I feel that if I did not tip her, it would parallel not tipping a delivery boy or a taxi driver. Yes, like Dwight said, I am capable of delivering food and driving a taxi. But, I’m not actually doing it!
With my Sisterlocks, I admit that at this point in time, I am neither capable to do nor do I do what my consultant does. She deserves a tip more than the person that delivers my food or drives me in a cab. She does something that I can’t do, and she does it well.
I’m curious. Do you tip your Sisterlocks consultant?