How Much to Tip a Waxer?

by Nanette Delaney Burton

Spas and salons provide customers with cosmetic services intended to help boost their overall -- or their overall feeling about -- their appearance. Some people may be confused about the standard gratuity to give the person (or people) involved in their beauty treatment.

Standard Tip

Standard etiquette for gratuity is the same after a beauty treatment as it is after a meal at a restaurant. A tip of 15 to 20 percent of the total prior to tax displays satisfaction with the service provided.

Special Treatments

When receiving lengthy treatments such as a full-body wax or if someone went particularly out of her way, a tip larger than 20 percent shows appreciation.


Waxing is done by an esthetician. Estheticians may spend extra time with first-time customers, large areas of hair removal or specific requests.

About the Author

Nanette Delaney Burton, mother of three, began writing professionally in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego in political science (American politics and law; minor in psychology). Burton is currently working on her Juris Doctorate.