On June 15, 2015 the District of Columbia Board of Barber and Cosmetology honored Eivind at the 9th Annual Practicioners Forum. The following is an excerpt from the program of the event.
We are proud to honor Mr. Eivind Bjerke as our 2015 Practitioner Forum, COSMETOLOGY Honoree. Eivind, originally from Grue i Solør, Norway, is one in a family of twelve children. He later moved to Oslo to become an apprentice and study cosmetology. Eivind fondly recalls the story told by one of his cosmetology teachers – “that his hands were too big, and that he would never become a good hairdresser.” Clearly he proved them wrong! He was quite popular among Oslo society, and the future Queen of Norway sought out his talent and services.
When Eivind arrived in the United States, he worked at Per of Georgetown, and quickly adjusted to his new lifestyle. His clientele rapidly grew, and soon President Johnson’s daughters appreciated his talent, skills and cutting style. Eivind also worked with President Carter’s Administration and became the official White House cosmetologist. Later, Saks Fifth Avenue, located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, appointed him to the prestigious position of Head Stylist. Thereafter, he became a partner with Lucien Sriqui, and started their business by opening, Lucien et Eivind Coiffure on WIsconsin Avenue. Eivind was also President of The Washington DC Hairdressers Association.
In 1988, Eivind teamed up with leaders in the cosmetics industry to collaborate on a visionary program, focusing on cancer patients; the project was called “Look Good Feel Better.” He is a spokesperson for the organization, and continues to be an active member by providing training for hairstylists, who also aspire to join the Look Good program.
In May of 2012, Eivind opened Eivind and Hans of Georgetown, Inc. At the shop’s opening, he and his partners held a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital, and raised $48,000, to donate to children living with cancer. He also collaborated with other charitable organizations and associations, and currently sits on the Board of EBeauty, providing cancer patients with hair and wig accessories. The American Cancer Society has honored him for his support and efforts, and he has received numerous local and national honors for his work with cancer patients.