We are committed to making you feel and look exceptional!

Our Artistic Directors, Rovina, & Royston.

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

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.


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. 


Romany De Mel, Artistic Director, specialized in Weddings

Romany has been an extraordinary Haute Coiffure Stylist for over 25 years. She started working as a junior hairdresser in Colombo Sri Lanka in 1989. By 1995, she was promoted to Salon Manager and in 2005, she opened her own shop called Salon Romany.

Within a couple of years, her clientele grew so much that she had to expand her staff to a team of 15 employees, offering hair, make-up and skincare services,  Romany sustained national acclaim as one of the most-distinguished Sri Lankan Stylists and an expert in multiple religions’ bridal styling.

Indeed, Romany is known in Sri Lanka, for her beautiful, soulful and artistic wedding services. Sri Lankan brides, whether Sinhalese, Tamil, Moor, or Malay, are a beautiful blend of Western and Eastern tradition with their distinctive Western-style veil, their gorgeous silk sari varieties and lavish jewelries, Sri Lankan brides and their bridesmaids are a delight for the eye and a joy for the senses. Among many of her famous wedding clients, she worked for the wedding of Kumar Sangakkara, the famous cricket player.

Throughout the past 12 years, Romany was asked to join the Sri Lankan Association of Hair Stylists to judge beauty competitions and teach workshops. She was visible in fashion magazines and the Internet, with multiple articles of national circulation.

Her expertise is widely recognized by her fashion and design peers.  Ms. Sujewa Nelson, a renowned Interior Designer and Event Planner, states: “It is my opinion and sincere belief that she is at the top of her field, always ready to bring remarkable contributions as a creator or judge in hair competitions.”

She was personally invited by the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York to dress and style models for its first traditional Fashion Show in 2014.

Also in 2014, Romany styled China’s finalists for Ms. Universe 2014, both hairdressing and make up in the bathing suit segment.  Ms. Dinesh Chandrasena, well-known Sri Lankan fashion designer and owner of Red Bananah company, stated “As a token of our appreciation to China for allowing Sri Lanka to host the swimming suit segment of the beauty contest for Miss China, we promised our Chinese friends the best salon in Sri Lanka, also internationally renowned as one of the best Salon’s in Southeast Asia.  Salon Romany ensured that we would be giving the Chinese delegation the reassurances they needed for the grand finale television event.”

Romany is available now for you to enjoy her talent in the United States, at Kess H&S. Call to book her at your next visit for Hair Services or for a free wedding consultation.

Wendy, Sr Nail Technician


Wendy joined Kess in 2017 but she has been working in esthetics and nails for over 10 years. She offers facials, waxing and nail services and now our newest addition: eyelash tinting.

“I connect with my client by listening to their needs in order to help them achieve their skin goals,” she explains. 

She loves every aspect of her profession and many of her current clientele have been following her for over 6 years. Among many of her strength, she does wonders with application of artificial nail tips, acrylics or nail gels. If you choose, she does beautiful painting of designs on the nails or glue imitation jewels.

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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 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.