As a former salon owner and employee, any tip is appreciated. Some more than others! Sadly, the average hairstylist or nail technician does not make a liveable, consistent wage. Of course there are rare exceptions. It is a job without any benefits (insurance, paid vacation, pension, sick days, etc.) that requires an enormous amount of physical labor that eventually takes a toll on the body. Continuing education is a must in the industry to keep up with the latest techniques, products, etc. Tip what you can afford and what you think is fair. I'm asking that you keep in mind there are always costs associated to that simple pedicure or haircut the client is unaware of. I wish we could up the price point to give us a fair, liveable wage that wouldn't require depending on tips to get by. Unfortunately, we can only charge what the market is willing to pay.