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Some tips on HOW and WHO to tip

It goes without saying that you expect excellent service whenever you see your aesthetician, massage therapist or hair stylist.  But to be fair, appreciation goes both ways.  Your beauty service providers also expect to be treated with respect for their time, efforts and expertise.  The best way to show this, of course, is through tipping.  If you are like me, you want to make sure that you are using the proper etiquette when it comes to tipping you hair stylist or nail technician.  You want to make sure you are not undertipping, or overtipping for that matter. Case in point: How much should you tip the shampoo girl or the person who blow dries your hair?  Often times these days, you can end up seeing three different people just for a simple shampoo wash and style. So, to give you a little guidance in the tipping department follow these simple suggestions:

Aesthetician

15% to 20%, preferably in cash.  Some day spas will only accept cash gratuities.   In some cases, tips are included so make sure you double check.  Leave the tip in a separate envelope at the reception desk.

 Hair Stylist

15% to 20%

Shampoo Girl/Guy:  $2 to $5

BlowDry Girl/Guy:  5$ to $10

Manicurist

15%

Masseuse

15% to 20%  If the person doing the massage also happens to be the owner of the business, some people agree that a tip is not necessary.  However, I always like to leave a little something extra.

How much do you tip?  I’d love to hear if you do something differently.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Get clear, beautiful skin once and for all! (What to look for in an aesthetician )

When I was a teenager, I had HORRIBLE skin.  My face was riddled with acne and scars.  I jumped from dermatologist to dermatologist to find that one person who could give me clear, beautiful skin.  However, it wasn’t until I was able to afford regular facials and skin treatments did my skin started to drastically improve.  Finding that perfect aesthetician wasn’t an easy fete either.  When I moved to the Washington, DC area years ago, I finally found the best person who was able to suit me and my needs. Now, I have people asking ME what I am doing to make my skin look so great.  So, I want to share with you some of the key things that led me to this wonderful resource, ONE of the secrets in my arsenal.  Oh BTW, her name is Germaine Williams, at the Red Bloom Spa in Bethesda, Maryland!  

Knowledge-Does your aesthetician have a working knowledge of products, procedures and skin conditions?  More importantly, does he or she know what specific things will work for your unique skin type?  What works for one does not work for all.

Cleanliness-Is their spa/work station clean and organized?  Also, does he or she take time and care in their personal appearance and cleanliness?

Professionalism-Is he or she punctual and professional?  Are you kept waiting even though you are on time for your appointments?

Great Chemistry-To me, this is very important Do you genuinely like this person?  Could you see yourself going out to lunch or grab a cup of coffee with this individual?  You don’t have to be best friends but you should at least feel comfortable to carry on a decent conversation with your aesthetician.  It really makes a difference!  What do you look for in an aesthetician?

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella