Tipping is one of those things that is far more stressful than it needs to be, especially when you are trying to figure out how much to tip at the nail salon. Why? Because unlike your hair stylist, you generally don’t frequent the same person religiously every time you need a polish touchup. Plus, basic nail appointments are often quick services (maybe you've even heard of the ten minute pedicure), so excessive tipping might not seem as necessary as, say, a full set of highlights would, but it's just as intensive and deserves to be treated like any other beauty appointment.
So here’s the rule of thumb when it comes to tipping at the nail salon: 20% is your baseline. But this is where it gets slightly more complicated. Consider the service involved before leaving your gratuity. If you got a quick polish change — we’re talking no spa pedicure, massage, or exfoliating scrub, then it’s fine to leave 15%. If you got a more complicated service, like a gel manicure, you may want to consider leaving 25%. But when all else fails and you aren’t sure what to do — 20% is your fail safe number.
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