When it comes to tipping for eyelash extensions, several clients wonder what would be an appropriate tip for a lash extension service.
It is generally accepted that salon services like hairdressers or nails receive anywhere from 15% to 20% tip. But what about eyelash extensions?
To find out, I did an interesting case study. I pulled all the transactions from my lash salon, Divine Lashes, and compiled the results. I wanted to know how much tips clients leave on average. I thought my findings were very interesting and wanted to share them with you.
So, how much do you tip for eyelash extensions?
On average, clients tip 20.27% for their eyelash extensions services. The vast majority of clients leave a tip between 15% and 25%. Tipping should remain at the complete discretion of the client to show appreciation for the service received.
In this article, I will show go in-depth about the tipping etiquette in the eyelash extension industry and share the results of my case study.
Let’s get started!
How Much Tip Do Clients Give for Eyelash Extensions (My Own Experiences)
If you do search online what is the standard tip for eyelash extension services, you might find various opinions with different ranges.
While they are interesting, I wanted to have a better understanding of how much clients tip their eyelash stylists on average.
Lucky for me, I happen to own an eyelash extension salon with a strong team of lash stylists!
The idea was born.
I decided to collect all the transactions from the current year and compiled the results in Excel. This looks like a lot of work at a first glance, but it isn’t. I simply extracted the transactions from my terminal and voilà!
Microsoft Excel did its magic. The results?
- Clients tip 20.27% on average for their eyelash extensions services.
- If a tip was given, clients tip 22.49% on average for their eyelash extensions services.
- A majority of clients leave a tip between 15% and 25%.
Did these numbers surprise you?
After all these years in the lash industry, I expected something around 20%. Finding that clients tip 20.27% on average only confirms my intuition.
What I found interesting is the second number, the 22.49% average for clients who did leave a tip.
As you probably know, the average is a calculation heavily skewed by outlier numbers.
It’s hard to have a bigger outlier than 0%!
Yes, some clients decide not to leave any tips. It’s uncommon but it does happen. And it’s totally fine.
Therefore, I decided to remove the 0% by curiosity. It turns out that if the client decided to leave a tip, the average is slightly higher at 22.49%.
The decision to leave a tip to your lash stylist is a personal one. You shouldn’t feel pressured to leave a tip. Tipping your lash stylist should reflect your appreciation for the service and care you received.
Should You Tip for Eyelash Extensions?
Tipping is a cultural norm that has been around for centuries. In most countries, the standard service charge is about 15-20% and many people think this includes a tip.
Depending on the situation, people will often leave a tip, sometimes not. But what tipping etiquette looks like varies widely from person to person and even from state to state.
Tipping for eyelash extensions is always appreciated, but not required. Leaving a tip is a choice. It allows the client to show a level of appreciation for the service received.
There are plenty of reasons why you may choose to tip your lash stylist or not.
Why You Should Tip Your Lash Stylist
When you book an appointment at an eyelash salon, you’re trusting that professional with more than just your lashes. You’re entrusting them with your time, too.
Here are 4 reasons why leaving a tip for a lash stylist is a good idea.
- Leaving a tip is a way of showing appreciation for the service you received.
- Leaving a tip shows that you appreciate how much time and effort was put into your lashes. Applying eyelash extensions is very meticulous work that requires years of training to perfect.
- Leaving a tip helps with the livelihood of the stylist.
- Leaving a tip helps build a rapport with your lash stylist.
The amount you tip should be relative to the value of the service you received. If you’re generally happy with the service, you can tip a little more.
Why You Shouldn’t Tip Your Lash Stylist
The idea of not leaving a tip can make some people feel awkward or even guilty – but there are a few reasons why you may choose not to leave one.
Here are 3 reasons you could decide to reduce your tip or not leave any.
- You’re broke. You should only leave a tip if you can afford it. Some people just can’t because they are going through a rough patch in their life. Some might say eyelash extensions are a luxury service and I generally agree. But for some women, lash extensions are a necessity!
- The service was bad. There’s nothing worse than getting terrible service. If you are unsatisfied with your lashes, if the stylist is rude or doesn’t listen to your needs, if the whole experience is not enjoyable, you can certainly let the stylist know by no tipping.
- It’s hard to know who receives the tip. A tip should always be directed to the lash stylist who performed the service and no one else. Also, it should be 100% allocated to the stylist. The salon shouldn’t take a cut under any circumstances.
Do You Tip for Eyelash Extensions at Home?
When you’re looking to get your lash extensions done, you can decide to go to a lash studio or a lash artist working from home.
It begs the question.
What is an appropriate gratuity for eyelash extensions when going to a home-based stylist?
While it is true that lash artists working from home will not have the typical salon overhead costs, they still have to pay for their products and tools.
Today, I’m a lash stylist who works in a salon (my own!) but I have worked from home for several years before that.
From my own experience, I can say that my clients were just as generous when I used to work from home. I receiving roughly the same tip percentage as I am receiving today.
Most clients leave between 15% to 25% when I worked from home. Of course, I can not speak about other lash stylists and these are only my experiences.
When it comes to tipping for eyelash extensions, the choice is personal. My case study found that clients on average tipped 20.27% of their service total cost for eyelash extension services – that means if your bill was $100 then you would leave a $20 tip on top of what you already paid.
Fun Fact: Did you know that eyelash extensions cost on average $164 for a classic set? Find out how much people spend on classic, hybrid, and volume lash extensions here!
Some people are more generous or less depending on what they can afford and how much value they see in our services. The vast majority of all customers left between 15% and 25% gratuity.
If you’re not sure about how much to leave as a tip, start with something small like 10%. You can always bump up your gratuity if you have an amazing experience!
Finally, I just wanted to leave you with a picture of a beautiful set of lashes I have done recently. Just because 🙂 You can see more before and after pictures of lash extensions here.
Additional Readings on DivineLashes.ca: If you’re interested in learning more about eyelash extensions, check out my guide on classic vs hybrid vs volume lashes, the best lash styles for different eye shapes, all the points to cover to get the most natural-looking lash extensions, and my case study on eyelash extension prices.