“Do you have a friend discount?” “Can I get this for free since I’ll be like your guinea pig?”
“That” girl, who’s asking for discounts from her stylist, is a jerk and nobody likes her!
Your stylist went to school, passed boards, continues their education, in many instances pays rent to have a place to work, and provides their own supplies. All of these things cost money. For most people, they don’t have to pay money to go to work. You show up, punch in, work, punch out, go home. And at the end of the pay period you take home a check.
Imagine going to work, working all day while standing on your feet, you’re so busy you barely have time for a pee break, and you can forget about lunch. Now imagine your employer not paying you for HOURS because your friend came into your place of business. That’s not fair! You worked hard! You busted your ass doing the best possible job you could do. And you don’t get your full compensation just because you know someone who came into the business. That sucks! But that is exactly what “that” girl is asking for when she asks for a discounted or free service. “That” girl is asking her stylist to work while being uncompensated!
Your stylist can’t call up the electric company and ask them to take $X off her bill because she’s been giving discounted or free services away all month. The electric company doesn’t care. Your bill is what it is no matter who you know! Likewise your stylist can’t walk into Walmart and get a discount on their groceries and diapers because they know a cashier! It doesn’t work that way! And what do you think would happen if the price of your stylist’s groceries and diapers came out of the paycheck of their cashier friend? That’s not fair! Why should the cashier pay for the stylist’s things? “That” girl is asking for exactly that! By asking for a discount she is asking for her stylist to pay for her service out of their own pockets.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “We’re besties”, “We’ve known each other for years”. “We’re close, we go way back”. And that may be true. But in many cases if that were true you’re probably already getting a discount and to ask for more is just plain rude! Stylists base their prices off what they need to work and provide for their family and doing hair is work! And no one wants to work for free! So don’t be “that” girl, nobody likes “that” girl.