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Ask Chuck: Should I tip or not tip? Which is kosher?

By By Charles Colson
March 7, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 6, 2013 at 9:07 p.m.


Chuck, please help me out with something I need to clear up. I'm not sure when it's kosher to tip. Sometimes I go to a salon owner and other times to a regular stylist. Should I be tipping both?

Oops, how should I tackle this one? After being asked this a number of times, I contacted several salon owners and got the same answer. We certainly wouldn't complain if customers did tip us also. We haven't figured out yet who advised tipping some and not tipping others ever got started. We are all in a business of serving people.

However, we feel it is definitely the business of the patron themselves and how they feel most comfortable. Some people feel it is not kosher to tip the owner of a salon because they feel the owners make the bulk of the money. In many cases, this is not true. In fact, the salon owner is responsible for all servicing of their employees, to make sure they are doing their best for their clients.

So, some owners may be working double time and a half. This is quite true in many types of businesses where service is their most important product in order to keep everyone happy and a desire to return often. Just go with your gut feeling, and we will maintain that just having you as a client could be our best tip ever.

My hair is color treated, and I use conditioner every time I style it, however it is more dull lately. Is there something I can do to bring it back to life quickly?

Believe it or not, the weather conditions we have had recently have a great impact on the hair maintaining a shiny appearance. The wind alone can do as much damage as the heated sun in the summer. Harsh winds can easily sap shine from your hair. How would you like a neat trick of a home remedy to help you out?

Just add one half of a teaspoon of olive oil to your conditioner, then condition your hair as usual. This touch of hydrating oil increases shine and rinses out easily. Now your hair will look glossy and not greasy. This will also act as a perfect sun screen for much of the elements outdoors.

So olive oil can be beneficial for the hair as well as cooking. How 'bout that? There are also glazes available at your area beauty supply stores just to add sheen to all types of hair. Again, keep 'em all guessing about why your hair is all of a sudden more beautiful.

I think I made a mistake and chose the wrong dark color for my hair. It actually looks like I dyed it black. Several salons seem to shy away from taking my hair lighter. What is this all about?

If you have purposely or mistakenly dyed your hair black or almost black, it is extremely difficult to immediately bring the hair back to a lighter shade because usually it is like taking shoe polish off and going backward. Many times, this results in a very expensive process in order to maintain the hair in good condition. Several factors come into play. Even if you want light streaks added, it is difficult to take the color past a dark golden shade.

However, there is hope but it takes several weeks to achieve a lighter shade safely. Eventually, the very dark color will fade to usually a medium brown, and at that point, you can begin the process of lightening to many levels and still keep the hair in good condition. Please keep in mind that haste does make waist, and coloring your hair wisely will keep your hair much more healthy.

So, before you choose too dark of a shade, remember it is more sensible and reasonable to go from light choices to darker rather than the reverse. On the other hand, few have found that they do look more attractive as a brunette. Take the gamble at a slower pace. Call a professional for best results. Check out my next column for Easter frocks and frills.

Charles Colson is an area hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to crcolsonrmt1@sbcglobal.net or call 361-575-5331.

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