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I never remember how much I'm supposed to tip the hair washer at the salon or the facialist. I always think I have a general idea, but I'm never certain when I'm handing over my tips.

This morning I was reading the FabFitFun website, and they had a guide to tipping. So I'm going to post their information here so I don't forget! 

Server: Gone are the days when 15% was standard. 18%-20% is now the norm, even more for exceptional service. Yes, you can leave less for terrible service, but remember that people have bad days and that a tip is actually a part of the server’s salary.
Bartender: $1-$2 per drink or 15%-20% of the tab. If you order a beer, it’s OK to stay on the lower end. If your bartender is mashing mint for your mojito, tip more.
Food Delivery Service: Whether it’s pizza or a fancy night in, the delivery service guy deserves a good tip for braving the streets…not to mention the rain and snow that makes takeout so perfect. Think 10% to 15% of the bill and no lower than $2.
Food Pickup: 10% is a fair amount for those who pack up your dinner.
Hairdresser: 15%-20% of the total is the standard. Yes, this can get expensive if you’re getting a cut, highlights and a keratin treatment, but that’s the price we pay for beauty. If you have a separate hair washer, make sure to slip them $2-$3 as well.
Manicurist: Again think 15%-20%. If you have separate mani and pedi people, you should split the tip and give half to each person. And remember, cash is key. Many nail salons won’t let you tip on your card.
Massage/Facial/Waxing: No surprise here — 15%-20% is the norm.
Taxi Driver: 15% of the fare with a $1 minimum. Plus, if he loads your bags, add $2 for the first and $1 for each additional piece of luggage.
Bellhop: Like the driver, think $2 for the first bag and $1 for each additional piece.
Doorman: $1-$2 is right when he grabs you a cab. More if he loads your luggage.
Hotel Housekeeping: $2-$3 per day, left before turndown each day throughout your trip.
Pet Groomer: 10% — more if your pet is challenging or super dirty.
Valet: $2-$5 given to the guy who opens the door for the driver. If there is more than one person taking care of your car, don’t worry, the tips should even out in the end.
Car Wash: To me this really depends on how dirty your car is and I have been known to have a very dirty car. Anywhere between $3-$10 can make sense.
Final Tip: Although it may not always be practical for our own wallets, overtipping is never frowned upon. Be generous to those who deserve it.