Give Your Barber A Nice Tip

a nice tip
a nice tip
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On Thursday, I went and treated myself to a nice haircut. Not only did I need to get rid of the mop that laid on the top of my head, but I also wanted to get a little boost of confidence for a big interview that I have on Monday. 

Pro tip: no matter who you are, if you need a little extra boost of confidence, go get your haircut. Or styled. Or permed. Or anything. I don’t know why, but it works. 

Alright, the truth is going to come out. Not only did I need a haircut, but I also had a coupon for 50% off that needed to be used, and being the frugal individual that I am, you better believe I was going to take advantage of a 50% off coupon. 

Apparently, though, I am not as frugal as I thought… and I’ll get into that later. 

I got to the barbershop and an individual by the name of Feather was cutting my hair. I had to check the name twice and even asked for a business card just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Yep, I was all good. Her name was actually Feather. 

Personally, I think it’s a cool and unique name. But what was even better than the name was her as a person. The entire time that she was cutting my hair she was making me smile and laugh. The haircut itself took roughly 45 minutes, but it felt like I was only in the chair for maybe 15 minutes tops. 

It’s always a treat when you have a barber who not only has some fun with what they are doing, but also a barber who does an amazing job and makes you look good! As I said, she did an amazing job. After the last haircut that I got, which was well below average, anything was going to make me look better, but she exceeded all of my expectations.

Maybe it’s a correlation that we all need to follow a little better. You know, if you have more fun with something, maybe you will naturally do better with that something. Just a thought. 

When the haircut was over, I got out of my chair, handed her the coupon, and my haircut came out to a whopping total of $13.00. That may have been the best $13.00 I had ever spent with how good I was feeling about myself. 

I asked Feather what her plans were for the night, and she said that I was actually her last customer. She said she was supposed to be done with work thirty minutes prior to the time that it now was, so she was just going to clean up and go home. 

Now, I don’t know about you, but if I were in her shoes, I would have rushed through that haircut as quickly as possible so that I could get home. That’s actually the exact opposite of what she did, though. She took her time, was focused on perfecting every little detail, and genuinely seemed happy the entire time she was cutting my hair. And yet I was making her stay past her scheduled time.

When you go get your haircut and can leave feeling better about yourself than you did when you first went it, give your barber a nice tip. Let’s be real, they hold all of your confidence in the tips of their fingers… literally. One slip and your hair and confidence could be a mess for weeks. 

That $13.00 haircut turned into a $33.00 haircut. I don’t know how the barbershop pays Feather, but she left me feeling so good about myself that I wanted to give her a $20 tip. I had never met her before, I don’t know any details about her life, but I can assure you that I will be going back to get my haircuts done by her from now on. 

Maybe it’s your barber, maybe it’s a server who constantly filled your water or soda, or maybe it’s an Uber driver that made you laugh. Whoever it may be, if somebody puts a smile on your face, give them a little extra tip. You never know how much a nice tip can help to make a difference in somebody else’s life.

Michael Bonnell

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