There’s a general rule of thumb in the service industry, if you don’t like the service, don’t tip, if you did like the service, leave a tip. Because of this rule, if you don’t leave a tip, your stylist automatically assumes that you didn’t like them or the work they did. If you come back repeatedly and don’t tip it sends this message “You do adequate hair but I’m only here because I have no other choice and I kind of hate you." Now, as a rule of politeness, stylists will always pretend to not notice (the lack of) tip when ringing you through. However I will tell you now, they remember who tips and who doesn’t. It’s a weird superpower, they know exactly who tips, how well and how often. This isn’t exclusive to stylists, this is true for anyone in the service industry that earns tips. They lock that shit in their brains till the grave. They may not remember their parents birthdays but they will always remember who does and does not tip.
I am not joking when I tell you, that if you don't tip whoever is giving you a service, no matter what tip based industry they are in, they will automatically assume you hate them. If you repeatedly do this, and repeatedly request them, you have unknowingly created the greatest mind game of all time with your stylist. Unless you're a sociopath and that's your end game, just leave a tip.
I can already hear you "but what if I didn't like the service or something?" Then you need to tell them. I know, I know "but that's what not leaving a tip was supposed to mean. They should know by that that I didn't like it." Yes and No, like I said before, sometimes people just don't tip but they loved the service, and other times its because they hated it, but unless it's vocalized, no one will ever know. I mean, don't be a dick about it, but let them know if there's something you are unhappy/not satisfied with. More often than not, if you politely vocalize what it is you are not satisfied with, and the person takes pride in their job they will gladly help you out and resolve the issue. We certainly don't want you to leave here sad; we want you to not only love your hair but the service in general.
How is anybody supposed to get better if they don't know what they are doing wrong? It's the same reason my nephew swears around me all the time, because I think little kids swearing is hilarious and am too busy laughing to correct it. I basically just encourage this bad behavior. (Btw, this is why I never get asked to babysit). But you see the correlation of that analogy, right? I hope so, because I thought it was golden.
Pro Life Tip: You catch more flies with honey rather than with bitchiness. Just like flies, humans don't respond well to bitchiness. What I'm trying to say is this: if you have an issue you'd like resolved and come in guns a blazing, rude and start off by belittling people, you are less likely to get what you want. Basically, if you act like an asshole, people probably won't want to help you, weird right? But really, when's the last time you wanted to help someone who treated you like garbage? If you come in, assert what it is you need resolved or clarified in a respectful manner, people will be more likely to bend over backwards to make sure you get what you need to keep you as a customer, because that is they type of client businesses want - nice, respectful ones. No business's main demographic is rude assholes. If you go in somewhere, are rude and scream that you're never coming back unless you get what you want, chances are, that business is going to let out a huge sigh of relief, say something internally like "thank fuck" and they probably won't give you what you want, or go over and above for you, because then there is the chance that you'll come back and they'll have to deal with you all over again. *I'm well aware that there are exceptions to everything. However, give people the benefit of the doubt, don't assume someone did something just to piss you off, chances are, they probably didn't. Sometimes mistakes are made and miscommunication happens. My philosophy is the following; Treat everyone with respect, until they give you a reason not to. This goes for everyone, on both sides, not just clients and customers but also those providing services and helping customers. Point is, don't be shitty. The world is already overflowing with awful things, don't add to that shit pile.
Anyways, I hope I helped show you how the tipping system works, why you should be a good person and why communication is key. I get that my rants are long and generally pretty angry sounding, and I should clarify one thing; I love my job. One of the main reasons I love my job is because of all of the amazing people that come into the shop on a daily basis. I'm lucky in that the amount of awesome people that come here far outweigh the amount of jerks that come in, in fact, I can count on one hand the amount of terrible people I've met here in the last 5 years. So where does all of my rage for rude customers come from? I used to be a server, at an all day discount breakfast restaurant... located off of a freeway... on Sundays...