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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 free and free of sulphates and parabens and our colour line Lakme 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 the mantra for Davines and fits well with our for 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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Wash, Cut & Blowdry $87 $62
Wash Cut & Blowdry Extra thick/Restyle $95 $70
Haircut with a Colour Service $67 $52
Fringe Trims $15* $15*
*Fringe Trims are complementary between regular booked haircuts
Wash, Cut & Style $67 $45
Boys Wash, Cut & Style $59 $40
Girls Wash, Cut & Blowdry $69 $50



Evo Fabulouso Pro or Lust Colours
Creative 'no commitment' colours to enhance, refresh, brighten and glass like shine
Short $25 (when added onto a cut )
Long $50 (when added on to a cut
Temptress Shine Treatment $30 (when added onto a cut)
Without a cut add on $50 for a blowdry


Our colour prices are worked out on how much colour is used and application time so prices are a guideline
New Talent pricing is 20% less for permanent colours and foils.

Prices include a blow-dry
Short from $120
Medium from $150
Long from $180

Lightener Foils include toner and blow-dry
Placement $100
T - Section $120
1/2 Head $150
3/4 Head $170
Full Head $200

BLEACH & TONE includes olaplex
Retouch $140
Short from $178
Medium $208
Long $238
2nd Application $50
Colour Correction From $350*
Colour Corrections involve lightening old colour to change your colour or fixing up a home colour job so it is tricky to give an exact quote. Please book in for a consultation so we can give you more of an idea of what you can achieve.

Smoothing and Perming

Partial from $150
Short from $250
Medium from $300
Long from $350
Long/Thick from $450

We use Cezanne Smoothing treatments and Davines Perm Solutions

Special Occasions

Wash & Blow dry - Short Hair $50 $30
Wash & Blow dry - Long hair $70 $40
Party Hair $70 $40
Simple Hair up $95 $50
Wedding / Complex Hair please book a consult for pricing

The Powder Room has stylists that are experienced in wedding hair and know how important your big day is. We are happy for you to bring a makeup artist into the salon while you are getting your hair done. There will be a charge for the room at $50 an hour. We do recommend a trial for the wedding to ensure it all goes smoothly on your special day.


Eyelash Tint $20
Eyelash & Brow Tint $30
Brow Tint $15

We also have a eyebrow/lash specialist who comes into the salon on Thursdays - please enquire about pricing for her when booking.



Insurance for your hair. Go Blonder. Push the envelope further without compromising the integrity of your hair.
Added to any other service from $30

Kevin Murphy ' Treat Me'

An in-salon experience, the TREAT.ME range contains full strength treatments with a high concentration of active ingredients. They are specific and targeted for a professional treatment system, Choose from strengthening or hydrating,The foundation for the KEVIN.MURPHY TREAT.ME range is skincare inspired ingredients that deliver deep conditioning, shine and nourishment with lasting results.

Kevin Murphy ' Treat Me' added to any other service for $30

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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 Davines an Italian company that has the highest sustainable practices for the industry, Bio diversity is supported and plant derived ingredients are used whenever possible. Waste and Packaging is minimal and Davines are committed to many socially and environmental projects around the world. All our Retail lines that we stock are cruelty free and 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" - 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