The Green Room salon in Southsea is doing its bit for the environment and the community

A SOUTHSEA hair salon is making sure it plays its part in being as environmentally-friendly and socially conscious as it can possibly be.

Owner Bernice Hoepfner-King (left) with manager Kaylee Cobb (right). Picture: Habibur Rahman
Owner Bernice Hoepfner-King (left) with manager Kaylee Cobb (right). Picture: Habibur Rahman

The Green Room salon in Albert Rd recycles 99 per cent of its waste, including hair and chemical products, and works with charities to give back to the community.

It is a member of the Green Salon Collective which is ‘the original authority on salon sustainability throughout the UK and Ireland’. It recycles salon waste products and supplies education materials about sustainability with the industry.

The Green Salon Collective has used hair waste to clean up oil spills in the ocean, it safely burns chemical waste and discarded PPE to generate electricity, and recycles all used hair foils and other metal packaging.

As a member, The Green Room pays the Green Salon Collective to take its waste, and owner Bernice Hoepfner-King, 36, from Portsmouth, said it’s a worthwhile investment especially for the long-term impact on the environment.

She said: ‘The hair industry creates so much waste, I don’t think people realise how much of their waste goes to landfill. The way things are going I think everyone needs to make a little effort. It costs us around £1.50 per client and most clients are happy to pay a little bit towards it.’

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Bernice believes that The Green Room salon is one of very few green salons in the area, and isn’t confident that other salons are aware of their environmental impact.

Owner Bernice Hoepfner-King (far left) with staff, Hallie Wilkinson, Faye Campbell, Grace Jones, Paige Hayfield and manager Kaylee Cobb. Picture: Habibur Rahman

She said: ‘We recently did a beach clean-up and invited so many local salons to try and join us, and the only one that came was the other Green Salon Collective salon, even though we invited all the other salons around here, so I don’t think it’s their top priority.’

The salon also prides itself on being fully inclusive and welcoming to anyone who wants to come and get their hair done.

Bernice said: ‘We welcome everyone, people come here and feel comfortable because they know they won’t get judged here.’

The Green Room has recently taken on apprentices, which Bernice says is ‘very important, young people are our future.’

Manager Kaylee Cobb with a customer. Picture: Habibur Rahman

She is also keen to give back to the community by working with various charities, and is currently working with Motiv8 South, which helps young people, as their Christmas charity.

She said: ‘Especially with younger people, they’re our future and they’ve had such a tough year so the more we can do to help, the better.’

To book an appointment at The Green Room, visit or call (023) 9229 7219. To find out more about The Green Salon Collective, visit

Story by Sophie Murray

The Green Room Salon on Albert Rd, Southsea. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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