This is Lina. Lina has been doing my nails for over a decade. Yes, I have had the same nail person for twelve years. She is literally the best in town, working out of a humble little shop in a strip mall in Hollywood. I started going to Lina when she worked at a nail salon on Fairfax, down the street from the thrift stores and the Jewish delis. I lived just one street over and would walk to the little yellow salon for an $8 manicure every other week. It was an indulgence I allowed myself even when I was unemployed.
Then I moved a little bit east and for a few years I drove all the way back to Fairfax even though in Los Angeles there are nail salons on every corner. A few years ago Lina moved east, too, so now we're both in Hollywood and I fight traffic to see her twice monthly, maybe a little less now that I have moved to shellac.
Lina knows my friends, my kids, my mom, and my sister. She asks about my travel plans and tells me frankly when my lip could use a little wax. I tip her well on every visit and then for the holiday season I give her a card thanking her for keeping my hands looking great all year 'round. In the card I include the equivalent amount of cash for a one full appointment of manicure/pedicure/wax/foot massage.
Besides Lina, I give a holiday tip to my hair stylist and my waxist. These are people I see regularly, have seen for years, and provide excellent service. If I exercised, I would also tip a trainer. But I don't, so I don't.
Holiday tipping can get expensive, but try not to skip it. These people are rarely salaried and in many cases are operating as mini-business owners within their establishment. It goes without saying to offer a year-end tip to anyone who serves you regularly such as your mail carrier (who technically isn't supposed to receive cash), sanitation worker, doorman, and of course anyone who helps with your home like a housekeeper or lawn service. But somehow it's easier to remember those folks than it is to remember those who keep you beautiful during the year.
You can read a full holiday tipping guide here.