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Our Team (from the left to right): Farai, Tina, Ingrid, Rovina, & Royston.

Our Team (from the left to right): Farai, Tina, Ingrid, Rovina, & Royston.


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. 



Tina is a licensed Esthetician and skin specialist with an Esthetician degree from The International Dermal Institute (IDI). IDI is the difference between a licensed esthetician and a Professional Skin Therapist. From Brisbane to Boston, the Institute trains over 75,000 Professional Skin Therapists every year! With her experience in hair and skincare combined, Tina has more than 23 years of experience in the beauty industry.

Tina first started her career in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, working for the luxurious Taj Samudra hotel and was successfully hired at many international locations thereafter such as in Oman (at Isamusa Beauty Salon) and in Dubai where she worked at the prestigious Alexandre Zouari Salon, located at the Royal Mirage Hotel. In addition to working for others, Tina founded and managed her own beauty salon while in Dubai, employing a staff of 5 people and managed the staff of the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo, Sri Lanka for 3 years.

Tina finally arrived in Northern Virginia and has been equally successful here, demonstrating her craft to delighted clients.  Among many skills, Tina excels at bridal dressing, hairstyling, and waxing / threading, but Tina’s passion is for skincare and facials. Tina is a great listener.  She has treated adult and teenage acne with incredible success and can diagnose issues and address skin condition quickly, guiding her clients through a list of options towards a glowing and healthy skin.

She will be happy to arrange a personal and confidential consultation to discuss your skin care needs.



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!