In Grandma's day, the Hair Salon was a daytime social gathering place for women; a place for friends to meet and be made while perms set and peroxide developed. Over time fashions changed, salons became barren and bleak and not much time was left for chatting to neighbours.
Thankfully, The Powder Room sits perfectly between the comforts and ideals of the past, paying homage to days gone by. There are two floors; downstairs is dedicated to cutting, while rooms on the second floor are devoted to treatments, colour and special occasion hair. Each room has its own personality and being upstairs you are away from the hustle and bustle, able to enjoy great music, interesting magazines and a fun atmosphere.
The Powder Room started out in Newtown in 2004; in a stripy vibrant shop with a collection of recycled fittings and fixtures, an in-house artist and the idea of a welcoming space for hairdressing. The Powder Room quickly grew with talented stylists and a great bunch of loyal clients and in 2011, having outgrown it's space, The Powder Room moved to Upper Cuba Street. With its gold signage and familiar milieu/surroundings the salon has blended well into the historic Wellington area.
We believe that good hair should come naturally so we work with you to create a style to suit you. All of our creative stylists are also expert colourists who are committed to regular ongoing training; tell us about your dream hair and we will give you ideas and inspiration. Being a Sustainable salon, we are dedicated to making sure your own green and ethical values are met, our stylists all follow the same vision of one where we seek to inspire and to be inspired both creatively and consciously. All our products that we use are cruelty, sulphate and paraben free and our Kevin Murphy colour line is cruelty free and PPD free.
Into the mien/looks of a bygone era? We have a range of accessories and makeup for you to create your vintage look at home, or book in with us for your next special occasion.
Sustainable beauty is our vision for The Powder Room. We are dedicated to offering you the experience of an eco friendly community salon; a place to park your bike, earth friendly cleaning agents, recycling and much more. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Our prices are charged by the time it takes to do amazing hair rather than by your gender.
Olaplex Treatment (Add onto service): enquire for pricing
Kevin Murphy Treatments (Add onto service): enquire for pricing
Choose either Moisture, Thickening or Strength
Demi & Permanent
Short from $125.00
Medium/Long from $150.00
Extra Long from $180.00
Extra colour used $10.00 per 10mls
Fab Pro 3 min - $70.00
Retouch Colour 60 min - $110.00
Retouch Colour 90 min - $150.00
Foils - includes toner
1/2 Head $140.00
3/4 Head $170.00
Full Head Retouch $170.00
Full Head $200.00
Malibu C $110.00 per hour
Ombre - includes toner Medium $140.00 Long $170.00
Bleach & Tone (includes Olaplex)
2nd Application $50.00
Lust Colour - Price per tube
Perms & Cezanne Smoothing
$150.00 first hour
$100.00 per following hour
Brow & Lash Tinting - Please enquire
Going Green has been a natural and resourceful progression for The Powder Room. The Powder Room setting is an historic building which was saved from demolition in 2005 during the construction of the Inner City Bypass. It has been brought back to life with the recycling of its original timber panelling and matai floors. With Insulation and heating and cooling in an efficient clean way, the building has been moved and transformed into a comfortable, modern, character filled, beautiful salon.
Click here to see the building during its move :: Transit NZ Wellington Inner City bypass
The Interior of The Powder Room was fitted out by salon owner and designer Mark Ussher. Mark custom built workstations and recycled 1950s hood dryers into chandeliers. Other features with a nod to the past include the front desk made from old glass shower doors, the 1960s shampoo chairs upstairs in the colour lounge and an amazing 1930s glass chandelier. Locally made were the waiting chairs, coat rack and coffee table, deco mirrors and signage.
When things are locally made it keeps local crafts people in work, saves on freight costs and fuel. The Powder Room is proud to have one off bespoke pieces for future generations.
Wherever possible, the salon uses recycled treasures and furniture but some salon fittings need to come from overseas. By purchasing high quality items, these become less likely to end up in the landfill.
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Still looking for a reason to come and see us, heres some of the recent feedback we have received from clients coming to see us for the first time.
"Amazing, so happy with my new style". - Vikki
"Very friendly staff and fun atmosphere" - Claire
"Just had my first appointment i'll be back for sure" - Katie
"For the first time in a long time i left the hairdressers feeling elated just so happy" - Jude
"It was perfect, best salon experience ever, everyone was welcoming and kind" - Anna
"I much appreciated the strand test in advance and been so through with the consultation rather than just going for it" - Laura
"I have already recommend you to all my friends" - Kate
"Very happy with my cut, just wish the head massage could go on forever.. " - Dallas
"Keep up the great work guys" - Sue
"Enjoyed the whole experience, the decor was like a trip down memory lane" - Jeanette
"I felt so pampered, my new colour is just what I wanted" - Bernadette
"Thank you for the updated look, I was stuck in a style rut" - Lee
"Super happy with my style, the massage chair was awesome see you next time" - Sarah
"My stylist understood exactly what I wanted and I loved discussing ideas for the future" - Eve
"Going to the hairdresser is one of the few luxuries I allow myself - I felt really comfortable and relaxed in your salon, I read so many amazing magazines " - Hannah
"I had a great first time appointment, I had been anxious about seeing a new hairdresser and the worries were for nothing thanks" - Diana
"AMAZING! I seriously enjoyed my haircut today, it was very enjoyable and I learnt lots too and why certain treatments are good etc. Also advice about colour which I’m considering" - Terese
"This was honestly the best salon experience I’ve ever had. I’m definitely coming back" - Rebecca