Staff

We are committed to making you feel and look exceptional!

Our Artistic Directors, Rovina, & Royston.

We are passionate for beautiful hair. We believe that our 40+ years combined experience helps us reach your goals.
— Rovina, Artistic Director

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Rovina NUGARA, artistic director

Rovina has been a beautician for 25 years. She owned Salon Rovina, a Hair and Beauty Salon in Arlington, VA for 8 years prior to working at Kess.

She began her career as a hair stylist at 17 and was trained in Singapore and Sri Lanka with Tony and Guy from the United Kingdom. Rovina started her career as a stylist at Ramani Fernando Salons in Sri Lanka. She was quickly promoted to salon manager and won the Asian Competition for Hair and Beauty in 1998.

In the Washington, DC area, Rovina worked at Hair Gallery in Roslyn, before opening her own salon, Salon Rovina in Arlington, VA. Rovina's management style provided a family-like environment to all her staff and clients. Now at Kess, she continues to improve her skills through international training with elite educators and attends annual congresses to stay updated with latest trends. Rovina is passionate about teaching hairdressing to the junior staff and has trained many leading hairstylists who have gone on to start their own businesses.

For Rovina, hairdressing is more than just a job—it is a lifestyle and she enjoys seeing her customers satisfied by the products and services that Kess provides. The clientele she built over the years is a testament to her work.

 
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Royston Cooray, artistic Director

Royston has been working in the hair and beauty industry for 22 years, starting in his hometown of Colombo, Sri Lanka. His love for hair was inspired by his three sisters, who have been stylists and salon owner for over 20 years. As an ambitious hairstylist, he then moved to Dubai and earned the opportunity to travel to France at multiple occasions to first take then assist the hosting of many educational, coloring, cutting and technique classes at the Frank Provost Academy

After building his foundation as an advanced color and cutting expert, Royston worked at the Ritz Carlton hotel and the world renown 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab where he managed a team of 7 stylists for 4 years. His dedication, warmth and encouraging attitude set a positive feel throughout the salon. 

Among many of his past professional activities, Royston participated in over a dozen fashion shows in Paris (doing the hair and makeup of models), and successfully developed a new clientele at Salon Rovina over the past 8 years before moving to Kess. He is now regarded by his peers as a successful and creative stylist.

Royston specializes in balayage and highlights coloring services and also has a passion for designing short haircuts. With his passion and knowledge of the industry, Royston has developed a loyal following. He is dedicated to being the best hairstylist he can be. 

 

WENDY ECHEVERRIA, SENIOR NAIL TECHNICIAN

 

 
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INGRID, SENIOR STYLING ASSISTANT

Ingrid began working for Salon Rovina as a salon assistant about 5 years ago and has been with us ever since. She advanced to Senior Styling assistant and focused her efforts on coloring and highlights. Ingrid finds happiness in making people feel and look beautiful and you can always find her with a smile on her face!

 

SARITA, ASSISTANT

Sarita started working at Kess at the beginning of the Summer. She is focused on customer service, has a great attention to details and offers the best head massages in town! Sarita is also an expert at threading services: ask us for more details.