About Us

We are just a small team and that’s what our clients love, personalised service…and our atmosphere is that of one where everyone comes in for a chat.

We are interested in you, what you have been up to in the last 4-6 weeks, how your family are, what holiday’s you have been on and of course what we can create for you today.

Being head massage lovers ourselves, we understand how everyone in different as to what pressure you like, and will personalise your massage for the ultimate experience.

While you sit an relax, you can enjoy a range of fragrant T2 herbal teas, the best organic coffee in New Farm, Turkish iced tea, or a glass of champagne.

We have a client loyalty program and a recommend a friend program for those who like to come back time and time again.

If you’d like to get to know us a little more, here is a little about us…

karen sargaisonKaren S.

Powder Room's Artistic Director

The idea to create a hair and makeup studio, The Powder Room, was born from a vision while working and operating a high-end beauty studio in Chelsea, London. I came back to Brisbane, worked for a while with Brisbane hairdresser Stelios Papas in the salon and working in his creative team, with session styling. During that time I had the privilege of working with some of the best hairdressers around the world such as Trevor Sorbie, Antionette Benders, Joh Bailey, to name a few.

It seemed a natural progression to open The Powder Room in New Farm. It was a prefect choice for a boutique salon and makeup studio. My husband and business partner Paul, is commercial photographer who also runs a company called “Brisbane Headshots” and "4005 Creative".

Together we also create advertising imagery for large hair companies, it's the type of beautiful imagery you see hanging in hair salons on large banners.

What is your star sign? Capricorn

How long have you been hairdressing? 26 years short years ☺

What do you love about what you do? I love my clients and sharing, caring and lots of chats!

What do you like to drink? Usually a nice South Australian red (we are so spoilt in this country)

What do you talk about most? My Devon Rex cat I think, I’m a crazy cat woman, my family and my new love of hot yoga.

What’s your career highlight? Starting my own business, and seeing it grow, apart from our salon, we also have a Wedding business that looks after 600+ Brides a year as well as a successful commercial photography company “Brisbane headshots”

Your best hair tip? Don’t forget about treatments, they will make a colour really last…But also at home, they are the best way to get an amazing blowdry.



  • "The Powder Room is the best bar none!"

    Amanda | Bowen Hills
  • " I felt like Cinderella going to the ball. Great makeup and hair thanks again"

    Cicerly | Chelmer
  • "Best Coffee and Cuts :) keep me coming back for more!"

    David | Tenerieffe
  • " I always tell everyone I meet how great you guys are!"

    Dianne | Ascot
  • "Everyone asks me where I had my cut and colour done"

    Emily | Fortitude Valley
  • " I book up my appointments 6 months ahead, such a great experience"

    Eva C Hamilton
  • "My colour looks fantastic everytime and it lasts and lasts"

    Jacqui | Newstead
  • "You have the best service and the my favourite magazines"

    Janice | New Farm
  • "I am very particular about my cut and colour and it's brilliant every time!"

    Jenny | New Farm
  • " I love coming to The Powder Room, its my one escape"

    Margot | Toowong