How much to tip the barber for a haircut?

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    slominer
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    How much is considered normal to tip the barber for a haircut? Is it more for a haircut plus trim?

    What is the typical price range frum barbers charge for a haircut? And for a haircut plus a beard trim?

    Is using non-frum/non-Jewish barbers inappropriate? Are their prices generally more/less than frum barbers?

    #1584816

    slominer
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    On a related note, I’ve noticed that in heavily frum neighborhoods there are very few barbers. Is this because frum families are much more likely to do-it-yourself and give their children haircuts at home? (Or even the adults taking haircuts at home.)

    #1584824

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    Whatever you like. Tipping allows employers to get around minimum wage laws.

    #1584918

    CTLAWYER
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    There are no frum or Jewish barbers in my vicinity. A standard haircut costs $20 USD and $2 for trimming facial hair.
    $22 fee
    $5 tip to barber
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    If the shop owner gives the haircut, no tip because he gets the full $22, whereas employee/contractor barbers typically give owner 40-50% of the $22.

    #1584909

    CTLAWYER
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    @1 Tipping does NOT allow employers to get around minimum wage laws. In those states which have reduced minimum wage rates for tipped employees, employers MUST comply with the laws. Here in CT, if a tipped employee does not receive enough tip income to make up the difference between reduced minimum wage for tipped employees in a given workweek, the employer must pay the shortfall to the employee.
    Thus if the barber has to report to work and there is heavy snow each day and no customers, he still will earn the full minimum wage.

    #1584932

    takahmamash
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    I pay ₪35 total – ₪30 for the haircut and a ₪5 tip.

    #1584945

    iacisrmma
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    Prices vary. I use a barber who charges $14 for haircut with a eard trim and tip $2. Regular hair cut is 8 and most people top $1. Another neighborhood barber charges $23 for haircut w/ beard trim.

    #1584948

    slominer
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    takahmamash: With a trim or a haircut only?

    #1585047

    ChadGadya
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    Depends on the haircut. If he does a bad job, I usually tip him at least 90 degrees.

    #1585339

    takahmamash
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    slominer: Just a haircut, which is very reasonable. That’s why I tip the guy, I don’t think he charges enough.

    #1585349

    👑RebYidd23
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    CTLAWYER, that is the law. It is not necessarily the reality.

    #1585472

    1
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    CTLawyer What you’re saying is true but it still helps them get around not paying $7.25 out of their own pocket. I know what the laws are in regards to this.

    #1585782

    CTLAWYER
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    @1
    See my reply to RebYidd23

    ALSO>>>>most cutters in barber shops are NOT employees subject to minimum wage. They rent chairs from the owner in exchange for a percentage of sales (same with beauty salons). They are independent business people/contractors.

    #1585761

    CTLAWYER
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    @RebbYid23
    It is the reality here in CT
    The wage enforcement division of the CT Dept of Labor is vigilant about minimum wage abuse and the minimum is $10.10 here.
    I would never patronize an establishment that does not comply.
    Those Yidden who refuse to report other Jews to secular authorities for breaking these laws should at least refuse to patronize the offenders.

    #1585686

    CTRebbe
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    CT lawyer-you are in the wrong part of CT. I just got a haircut today for $5. Even with a 20% tip, it’s hard to beat. No, he is not Jewish. Considering the whole thing takes 7-8 min. it’s not a bad living

    #1585974

    DrYidd
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    15% to 25% to an employee, depending on the time spent. in theory, nothing to the owner.

    #1585956

    Joseph
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    How can you trust your peyos to a goy barber?

    #1585982

    CTLAWYER
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    @ct Rebbe,
    It’s not always about getting the lowest price. My $20 haircut is well below the average price in the area. I am comfortable with my barber, who has cut my hair for the past 30 years, as well as my sons, sons-in-law and some grandsons.
    I have little hair left, so that I have about 4 cuts a year. I can afford the $60 more than you pay without affecting my family or the tzedaka I give. I would not take my patronage away from this hard working barber, who has gone out of his way to accommodate us over the years. 15 years ago I broke my leg and was in a rehab facility for 12 weeks, he heard about it from my son-in-law and on his own came to the facility to cut and wash my hair without accepting payment so I would feel better about myself.

    #1586671

    Avram in MD
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    slominer,

    “How much is considered normal to tip the barber for a haircut? Is it more for a haircut plus trim?”

    Assuming you like the haircut/trim you got, a normal tip I think is around 20%. Tip generously if you like your barber and intend to be a repeat customer.

    “What is the typical price range frum barbers charge for a haircut? And for a haircut plus a beard trim?”

    I don’t have a frum barber, but my barber charges $15 for a haircut, and an additional $4 for a beard trim. I tip $4 to $5, to bring the grand total to $23 or $24. This price is quite reasonable, even low for the area, and his work is top notch – with both attention to detail and about as fast as I’ve seen.

    “Is using non-frum/non-Jewish barbers inappropriate? Are their prices generally more/less than frum barbers?”

    As long as the barber can understand and follow your directions on how to cut your hair, I do not see why it would be inappropriate to have a non-Jewish barber.

    #1586868

    Genya
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    If your haircut is $12, anything less than a $4 tip means you are either cheap or poor.

    #1587109

    iacisrmma
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    a 33% tip? Tell me the last time you went to a restaurant and left a 33% tip. I have rarely seen tips greater than $1 or $2 in Brooklyn Barber shops.

    #1587022

    BaltimoreMaven
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    As others have said, I cut my own hair and that of my minor sons and have saved thousands of dollars over the past two decades. We cut our hair more frequently than many other people. I cut my daughter’s hair until she realized it was crooked.

    #1587228

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    CTL I wasn’t aware of the barber renting chairs arrangement. However this isn’t 100% of the case among barber shops. Tipping allowances still allows EMPLOYERS to avoid paying EMPLOYEES the full minimum wage from their own pockets.

    #1587230

    Joseph
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    Baltimore, what do you use to cut your own hair?

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