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The Powder room

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.

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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.

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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.

















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Our prices are charged by the time it takes to do amazing hair rather than by your gender.


15 min
30 min
45 min
60 min
75 min

If this is your first visit to The Powder Room for a Colour we may need to do a complimentary consultation at least 24 hours before your appointment. This may include a skin patch test or strand testing your hair to ensure the best possible outcome for you.


Olaplex Treatment from $25

OLAPLEX is an innovative treatment that will transform your tresses’ fortunes. with a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level, OLAPLEX formulas seek out broken bonds in the hair (which are caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical damage) and repair them, restoring compromised hair to former glory.

Kevin Murphy Treat Me $30
Inspired by the latest skincare ingredients, the TREAT.ME range is a collection of ‘made to order’ in-salon treatments that deliver deep conditioning, shine and long-lasting nourishment. Plant derived ‘Super Proteins’ help to strengthen and repair everyday damage caused by heat styling and chemical treatments. Select from a range of treatments that include Repair, Nourishment, Volume and Density, and Anti-Ageing – it’s like treating the hair to a high-tech facial.


Short from $125
Medium/Long from $150
Extra Long from $180
Extra colour used $10 per 10mls

FOILS - includes toner
T-Section from $120
1/2 Head from $150
3/4 Head from $170
Full Head Retouch from $170
Full Head from $200
Full Head -Thick/Long Hair from $240
Extra colour used $10 per 10mls

MALIBU C from $110 per hour

Retouch from $148
Short from $178
Medium from $208
Long from $238
2nd Application from $50

$150 first hour
$100 per following hour

Lisa Perigo - Haven Therapy - available Tuesdays only
Sublime Eye Treatment $40 - or $30 with another service
Lash Tint $25
Brow tint $25
Brow shape maintenance $25
Brow shape, tint & lash tint $60
First time brow consultation with brow tint $50

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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

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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.

To be named the the Sustainable Salon of New Zealand is a huge honour for us and we are always seeking out new ways to be more socially and environmentally responsible below are some of our commitments.

  • We are proud to use Kevin Murphy colours, a company that has high sustainable practices for the industry. All the retail products we stock are cruelty, sulphate and paraben free.
  • We supports and use a renewable energy company to run the electricity
  • Our magazines get a new lease on life being recycled to local hospitals
  • Our left over product containers get filled with plants to generate oxygen
  • We use eco friendly green cleaning products
  • We use paper packaging and recycled paper
  • Coffee is fair trade & organic
  • We use reusable gloves
  • We use Rockfoil which is a NZ invention and a tinfoil alternative, and when we do use tinfoil we recycle it and use recycled tinfoil for highlight applications
  • We strive for a zero waste policy in the salon, particularly when colouring hair
  • Lights and electrics are turned off when not in use
  • Water flow reducers are fitted to basin taps
  • We are renewable energy advocates for the WWF
  • Bills and statements come electronically
  • We have systems in place for minimising all waste including composting, reusing and recycling.

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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" - Veronika

"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

The Powder room


270 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: 04 385 2989
For enquires please email Cuba@thepowderroom.co.nz

Salon Hours

Tuesday 10 - 6
Wednesday 10 - 7.30
Thursday 10 - 7.30
Friday 10 - 7.30
Saturday 10 - 6

Cancellation Policy

Out of consideration for others, we kindly ask that you provide a minimum of 24 hours notice if you wish to change or cancel your appointment. If insufficient notice is given, a 50% cancellation will be incurred. No shows will be charged at full price.


Free one hour carparks outside the salon, paid parking from Able Smith Street down Cuba Street or coupon parking (first 2 hours free) up Thompson Street, Nairn Street and Torrens Terrace (all off Webb Street).

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