27 Oct
Blonde On Blonde

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

Last week I went to my good friend’s hairdresser for a hair cut, eyebrow wax and partial highlights. The woman did the highlights, but they came out way too blonde. She then toned them down, but they were still way too blonde, so she had to tone them down again. The third time was the charm, and they came out fine after four long hours at the salon.

Before my appointment, I looked up tipping etiquette and read that 20% was a good tip. My question is: I tipped this woman $20 (more than 20%), but I was there for four hours, so was it enough? Or was I a bad tipper?


Hairy Situation


Dear Hairy Situation,

Finally! Finally we get a question here at The Mouthy Housewives that actually falls into my realm of expertise. I mean, let’s be honest here: I don’t know jack about mother-in-law issues, Facebook problems or how to throw down in the bedroom, but just give Ms. Wendi a question about blonde highlights and boom—girlfriend’s all over it like Dr. Joyce F#$@ing Brothers, man!

(There might be a slight chance that my ponytail’s too tight today.)

I’m assuming from what you said that you don’t live in California, Texas or Florida where there’s no such thing as “way too blonde.” And that probably means you’re not a Real Housewife or a Tiger Woods mistress, either, which is a shame because I’d really like to become friends with one so I can get discounts at Bebe. Anyway, unlike you, I like my highlights to be as blonde as possible so I look like Dog the Bounty Hunter and nobody bothers me at school drop-off time, but it’s okay if you don’t agree. The world needs subtle blondes, too.

Now, regarding the hairdresser’s tip, I totally think you did the right thing. If you were clear with her from the get-go as to your expectations, it was her job to make you happy no matter how long it took. Plus, you were more than generous with the 20%. (But does that $20 mean you got all of this beauty done for $100!? If so, where do you live? Do they have wine bars and Super Targets there? Can you send me some real estate listings?)

The next time you get your hair done, I’m sure things will go much smoother and the hairstylist will know exactly what you want from her. And then just one short hour later, you can leave your generous 20% tip and go on your merry blonde (but not too blonde) way.

Good luck!

Wendi, TMH

8 Responses to “Blonde On Blonde”


Comment by Anti Rodent.

I was told that, you don’t even have to tip on your first time. That said, 20% to me sounds good. Anything more and they should have offered you open bar….IJS


Comment by rojopaul.

Considering it had to be re-dyed several times and you gave up 4 hours to beautifying, I think you were more than generous. On second thought, though, maybe this is an evil ploy by hair dressers everywhere to get a bigger tip for multiple attempts or depending on how long you are there! Don’t take MY advice, though. I’m 41 and still trying to win the battle of not dyeing my hair yet. I will beat the gray, dammit!!


Comment by writingmama04.

Great topic today since I am going in for my quarterly blonde seasoning tomorrow. 20% seems very fair – even for the best stylist. When you add up color plus cut fees($$chaching$$), my stylist makes a gross hourly wage more than my husband makes. And she doesn’t even have an MBA! I’m seriously thinking about sending my girls (not my son) to costmetology school rather than the tired 4-year-higher-ed-solution. BTW, I totally agree with Wendi – there is no such thing as being too blonde.

Lisa Reply:

Why not your son? You want him to make less money?

thepsychobabble Reply:

Really. Way to hold a boy down!


Comment by HellTygr.

Yes, for me, three attempts reduces the tip, not inflates it, ignore the time spent.

Unless you weren’t clear on what you wanted when you sat down, but I’m going on the assumption you did. You tipped plenty. 🙂


Comment by MKW.

I actually got the haircut, highlights, and wax for 30.00!! You get 50% off your first service for being a new client. I know, a STEAL, right!!!!!

And Yes, We have Super Targets and wine bars!! 🙂


Comment by Ali.

Im a hairstylist, and I think 20% is a totally fair and appropriate tip. Hairdressers may appear to make money hand over fist, but the money our awesome clients pay us not only has to cover our living expenses as well as the cost of supplies(color, capes, brushes, booth rent, products, clips, combs, scissors,etc etc etc) or big fat commission to the salon. Good tippers get preferential treatment too.
PS… send your sons to hair school, they’ll make WAY more than female stylists.

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