Tips & Advice
Do beauty salons offer gift certificates?
Yes, many beauty salons offer gift certificates, which allow the holder to purchase goods and services. Beauty salon gift certificates typically have a cash value that indicates the amount of the goods and services that the certificate can purchase. For example, a $50 gift certificate can be used to purchase $50 of goods and services at a salon. The certificate can also be purchased for something specific, like a hairstyle or manicure.
What is the proper amount to tip at a beauty salon?
The proper amount to tip at a beauty salon is 20 percent. This holds true for all services provided at a salon, whether it's a manicure or a haircut. If you've been assisted by more than one professional, you can break the tip down so that everyone you've worked with is compensated. In cases like this, you'll need to specify how much cash goes to each person, or you can simply put the cash in separate envelopes. A tip of $2 to $5 is appropriate for assistants who shampoo and/or prepare your hair for coloring.
How often should hair be cut?
If you want to keep your hair at a set length, it's best to get a cut every four to six weeks. If you're growing your hair out, you can space your haircuts at four- or six-month intervals. Haircuts can help address unsightly split ends, so if your strands have this kind of damage, scheduling a cut may help improve your hair's appearance.
Should customers wash their hair before arriving for a haircut appointment?
Washing your hair before arriving for a haircut appointment might be a good idea if you want the salon to provide a cut and not a wash. In this situation, washing your hair beforehand will eliminate tangles, and this will make it easier for the stylist to work with your hair and give you the cut you desire. Many salons include a wash with the haircut, and, in cases like this, washing your hair before arriving for a haircut appointment might not be necessary. If getting hair colored, it is best to not wash it before the appointment, the color clings better to slightly dirty hair and the dye or bleach might burn your scalp since it won't have the natural oils to protect it.
How far in advance should a beauty salon appointment be booked?
If you want to guarantee a spot on the schedule, it's safest to book your beauty salon appointment days or weeks in advance. This is especially important if you're working with a stylist who has a busy schedule. However, many salons offer same-day appointments. If you're making a same-day appointment, it's best to call first thing in the morning.
What type of services do beauty salons offer?
Beauty salons offer a wide range of services designed to help you look your best. Some beauty salons specialize in cutting, styling, and coloring hair. Other specialize in skin care, and provide facials and treatments that are designed to improve the health of your skin. Then there are those that pamper your nails with manicures and pedicures. Some salons provide hair removal services such as electrolysis and waxing.
Does operating a beauty salon require a license?
Operating a beauty salon does require a license. Beauty salon operators must obtain a cosmetology license, and these are issued by the state government. There are different types of cosmetology licenses, which vary based on the service that is being provided. For example, there are different licenses for barbers, aestheticians, and manicurists. Each employee providing a service in a salon must be properly licensed. Licenses need to be regularly renewed, and the intervals vary from state to state.
What is the difference between a hot tub and a spa?
There are no technical differences between a spa and a hot tub. Both spas and hot tubs are tubs with built-in jets used for relaxation, therapy, and entertaining. The terms are basically interchangeable. The two types of spas or hot tubs are portable, and custom-built or in-ground. Traditionally, in-ground or custom-built are more often referred to as spas. There are no real functional differences--spa just sounds more sophisticated.
There are several different types of hot tub jets to choose from, and each is unique in design and function:
Most jets are adjustable by turning the nozzle extension to increase or decrease flow.
- Rotational jets move the water in circles.
- Directional jets move the water in a specific direction, which you can aim or adjust yourself.
- Pulsating jets have two holes in the center, so when water pressure is applied, the center spins, creating a water stream that alternates between the two holes, resulting in a pulse-like performance.
- Multi-massage jets have several smaller holes that create individual water streams when water pressure is applied.
- Ozone or cluster jets have a single center section that water flows through, and are usually not adjustable.
How much does it cost to operate a hot tub?
Operating costs hot tubs depend on your local utility rates, but the national average is about $0.40 per heating hour. Weather, location of the hot tub (indoors vs. outdoors), condition of the tub, the fit of the lid, and frequency of use, are all factors that can add to the bill. So, keep your tub maintained accordingly to keep the costs down, and lower the temperature when you will not be using it for extended periods of time, like going on vacation.