Social Dilemma - Who Do You Tip?

Got an interesting email yesterday from Linda who asked if I could put forth this social dilemma.  I think it's an interesting one, because it's something I always struggle with too.  So here we go.  Linda writes, "I always understood that if your hairdresser owns the shop, a tip is not necessary, as they do not have to pay a rent on a chair. Is this true, or is it up to the customer, what is the protocol?"  I understand how Linda feels, because even if they own the shop, aren't they paying a mortgage or rent on the shop, so does that mean I should tip them?  I never know what to do, so I end up tipping everyone, which I'm okay with, but then you get into how much and what's appropriate.  So help us out.  What do you do in this situation?   Do you always tip or are there situations when you don't?   Help!!

This photograph taken on July 29, 2013 shows a hairdresser washing the hair of a client at a salon in Taipei.  AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG        (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

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