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The N1 hairdresser clients cross oceans to see

Sassoon and Aveda trained hairdresser Bernd Rossmanith-Shoulder has travelled the world, styled celebrities and picked up some top awards along the way.

Now Bernd runs Studio 4 in Islington – a bespoke salon that offers an exclusive, appointment-only service. His clients come from all walks of life.

“After more than 25 years of being employed it was time for a change” he said. “I’m much more flexible this way. I now look after my clients from start to finish.”

Promoting equality, he charges for his time and expertise not according to the gender of his client. He added: “I never understood why a gents haircut costs less than a ladies cut.”

Bernd is a master colourist and won the AVEDA Colour Harmony Award in Australia 2009. He now uses Oway ammonia free hair colour and hair care products which contain organic bio-dynamic ingredients.

He added: “I know it sounds really cliché but I love making people look beautiful. As a successful hairdresser, you need to take everything into consideration – not just their features but also who your client is, what they do, what they wear and whether they’re adventurous. I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients. I’ll always be honest and suggest something to make them look their absolute best.”

“Like any hairdresser I keep up with new trends and techniques. A lot of those have been rebranded and reworked though recently such as babylights or balayage. As an experienced hairdresser I have seen it all before.”

Bernd started his working life in admin for a construction company in his hometown in Bavaria, Germany. When the fashionable salon where he was a regular client offered him a part time job on reception, the seed was planted for a career in hairdressing. In the early 90s he started his training with Sassoon in Munich. After that he spent the next 25 years working with Aveda.

He moved to London in 1997 to work for Aveda as an educator. His work has taken him all over – from the Channel Islands to Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto.

Many of his clients have been with him for a long time, some as long as 20 years. One lady travels all the way from the Channel Islands twice a year to see him.

Last year he married his partner Chris Rossmanith-Shoulder at a ceremony at Islington Town Hall. “We were very lucky to be married by registrar Cynthia Green you might know from the Channel 4 program ‘Married at first sight’.”

(Mabel and Merlin)

When he’s not cutting and colouring hair, Bernd loves walking their two dogs. Mabel is a black Labrador who was rescued. Merlin is a foxhound lurcher mix. Bernd is a keen wild water swimmer – whatever the weather, he’s a regular at Highgate Men’s Pond.

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