Robert Dockstader

Goldwell Master Colorist Specialist/Stylist

I have over 15 years experience in the performing arts as a classically trained tenor. I have performed in operas with various groups in VT and NH, and 5yrs as a wig stylist for The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

Fresh out of school I joined Kingdom County Productions in the filming of “The Voices Project” which later was renamed “Shout It Out” as key hair stylist and makeup. That summer I knew I had found my love for the career of a lifetime. After a summer full of the silver screen I started the shaping of my career and my craft as an apprentice hair designer at Indigo in Burlington, VT. I was given much education and structure there which allowed me to continue my education and thrive as a young hair designer. I have worked first hand with educators from top companies such as Bumble & Bumble, Pureology, Goldwell, Paul Mitchell, and Kevin Murphy. I also sponsor the Miss Vermont Organization and work one on one with the reigning Miss VT and Vermont’s Outstanding Teen. I continuously refresh my education with Classes from Goldwell, The Goldwell Academy, Online Education through my and interpret them with my own artistic impression. I use Goldwell Color segments which include Topchic, Colorance, Colorance Intense, Nectaya (ammonia free permanent color) and Elumen (High Performance Ammonia free ). I take pride in my work and consult with you to determine what it is you are seeking to shape your style. As a courtesy to my clients, all of my services include a shampoo, conditioning, scalp massage and blow dry when necessary . The service times have been adjusted accordingly.

After two years of education, training and working as a Level II Hair Designer at Indigo, I decided to attain one of my life long goals which was to open a business of my own. In March of 2010 I opened Scherdiva Salon (Scher = German for Shears and Diva-meaning Goddess) . Scherdiva Salon has moved up in the world. We have now opened an 1100 Sq Ft salon located at 26 Susie Wilson Rd in Essex, VT. I offer high end services & hair care products at a reasonable price.h

Currently I am pursuing my certification as a Goldwell Master Colorist through the Goldwell Academy in NYC.  This certification requires completion of four intense trainings consisting of theory and hands-on demonstration of skill learned in the training and testing to receive certification.  I have currently completed two of the required courses and I am certified as a Master Colorist Specialist.   I take color seriously and the health of my clients hair is my utmost priority.

I welcome you to visit my space by booking a consultation which is free of charge by contacting me by phone or through my online scheduling provider Rosy Salon Software. It is a free service and in order to schedule online with Scherdiva Salon you need to register for a free account. Here you can view a record of your previous visits, schedule new appointments, and manage your existing appointments. Online Scheduling is key to my operation and time management. Although I do take walk-ins I am primarily booked by appointment only. If you haven’t noticed yet there is a link on the bottom of this page that says “Make An Appointment”. By clicking this button it will open to reveal my scheduling gateway. Go ahead and click it…. you know you want to.


September-Mid June
Every Other Wednesday 9-6
Thursday & Friday 9-6
Every Other Saturday 9-6
Sunday 9-5

Mid June-August
Thursday-Saturday 9-6
Sunday 9-5