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The Nova Vita Team

Owner – Rhonda Bernardi

A salon owner for over 16 years, Rhonda originally opened The Lounge at the corner of Oxford & Richmond downtown London. When opportunity presented a fantastic team of stylists that shared her vision and client mission, Rhonda and the team seamlessly transitioned from The Lounge into the prestigious Nova Vita.

Now at home in a warm and welcoming classic building of London’s heritage, Rhonda and the Nova Vita team ensure both client and community are at the heart of the business. By  spearheading  and participating in numerous community fundraisers and awareness events, Rhonda always strives to take care of our local community, with the Nova Vita team always ready to help.

Being an owner hasn’t stopped Rhonda from keeping up with her stylist training, travelling near and far to expand her knowledge of techniques and trends. Even with 20 years of hair experience she believes in continuous education and inspired learning.

With all her experience and knowledge, Rhonda loves to help and train many stylists (new, and educated) in the industry and is always looking for those who share her vision to join the team.

 

Georgie Sotiriadis: Colour Specialist

Georgie is Nova Vita’s colour technician specialist. She reveals her passion by creating a custom colour blend that accentuates and compliments your style; whether it be ombre, balayage, a colour correction, beautiful blondes, highlight and lowlight combinations, and so much more.

With training at the Wella Institute in London England, L’Oreal, Revlon, Vidal Sassoon, and continuous advanced courses through Aveda (including Colour Magic classes), her experience with color ensures a knowledge of what is achievable and safe for your hair.

Not only is Georgie Nova Vita’s colour technician, but she also offers extensive knowledge in the art of perming, straightening systems, Great Lengths Hair Extension installation, and has been in the industry for over 20 years.

Being a busy mother of two, Georgie can be found at Nova Vita on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Saturdays.

Kendra – Junior Stylist/Associate

Kendra is one of Nova Vita’s amazing junior stylists in training. With a true passion for the industry and a strong willingness to learn, Kendra makes an excellent addition to the Nova Vita team. She participates in any and all advanced classes to help hone her cutting and colouring skills, and offers junior pricing.

 

Dana Candy: Stylist

Dana is amazing in a wide range of services including men’s cuts, Great Lengths hair extensions, cutting, colouring, razoring, colour-melting, updo’s, and more!

As a hair extension technician, Dana can educate you on the many benefits of Great Lengths hair extensions and is one of the fastest installers at Nova Vita. She also loves updo’s and styles, creating beautiful looks for that special occasion. She also loves to give tips on how to style your hair at home!

Dana has completed advanced training through Aveda cutting, colouring, razoring, and colour merging courses; advanced Revlon styling and colour classes; and American Crew men’s services.

As a mother of twins, Dana is available on Mondays from 10am-8pm, and Thursday’s from 12pm-9pm.

Nora Hildebrandt – Stylist

Nora offers extensive knowledge in men’s cutting, short hair, and hair colouring. She is known for her precision men’s and women’s cuts, her talent at creating the perfect fade, creating a beautiful bob / “lob”, curly hair expertise, being very technical and thorough for every service, her ability to create beautiful vibrant colours, amazing updo’s and styles for bridal parties, and so much more!

Nora has completed advanced training through Revlon and Aveda.

Being a new mom, Nora can be found at Nova Vita on Wednesday’s from 9:30am-4pm and Thursday’s from 12pm-7:30pm.

Miguel Hurtado – Stylist/Makeup Artist

Unleashing his creativity, Miguel has extensive knowledge in colour, advanced men’s and women’s cuts, beautiful updo’s and styles for bridal parties, amazing makeup transformations, and so much more – you can trust you’ll receive an amazing look that accentuates your features, as Miguel is known for his ability to vision-craft and help you achieve a new look that suits you best.

Miguel started his career in Mexico and has since completed advanced training through Holt Renfrew, Tony & Guy, Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and has traveled internationally for various cutting, colouring and styling courses.

Julie Murphy: Stylist

Julie has completed advanced training through Revlon and Aveda, and is one of Nova Vita’s Great Lengths Hair Extension technicians.  She also completes a beautiful cut, colour, style, or a complete total hair transformation by installing Great Lengths hair extensions.
Not only is Julie well-rounded in the art of cutting, colouring and extensions, but she also creates great curl formations and can give you a new look for any occasion including special events and bridal parties.

Julie has traveled internationally for various cutting and colouring courses, as she has a true passion for continuous education.

Tuesday’s: 8am-2pm
Thursday’s: 1pm-9pm
Saturday’s: 7am-2pm

Sara Vandaele: Stylist/Makeup Artist

Sara has completed advanced cutting and colour training through Vidal Sassoon, Revlon, and Aveda. She creates beautiful cuts and colours, loves to do ombre’s and balayage, is an expert with curly hair, and is one of Nova Vita’s expert makeup artists. With her makeup skills, Sara can create a beautiful updo or style for any special occasion (prom/grad/weddings).

She always stays on top of current trends and will show you at-home maintenance tips and tricks with her extensive product knowledge.

In addition to her knowledge in hair cutting, hair colouring, styling, makeup application, and men’s cuts, Sara also provides services for Pravana Straightening System and is one of Nova Vita’s Great Lengths Hair Extension installers. She is also trained in Brazilian Blowouts and Loop n Lock hair extensions.

Shannon Kelly: Stylist

Shannon has completed advanced training through Aveda and Revlon, offering extensive knowledge in hair cutting, hair colouring, and men’s cutting. Shannon is also Nova Vita’s bridal updo expert, and loves to create a beautiful style for any occasion.

Shannon offers beatiful cuts for all hair types, but is exceptionally skilled with long and thick hair. She also loves applying highlights & all-over colour, and is skilled in the art of creating permanent curls and beach waves, Straightening Systems, and Loop n Lock hair extensions! She is known to create a beautiful ombre.

Mekea Springer: Junior Stylist/Associate

Mekea is one of Nova Vita’s amazing junior stylists in training. With a true passion for the industry and a strong willingness to learn, Mekea makes an excellent addition to the Nova Vita team.

She participates in any and all advanced classes to help hone her cutting and colouring skills, and offers junior pricing.

Mekea also brings many years of barbering experience and can execute a wonderful men’s cut.

Aujha Hastings: Stylist/Makeup Artist

Aujha has completed advanced Aveda training and continues to participate in ongoing education at every opportunity. Having advanced Aveda training includes what is known as “vision-crafting” where she can determine how a colour or cut can affect your face shape, which allows her to make better recommendations. Her favourite specialties include highlights, colour, balayage, ombre, colour-melting, and colour corrections. When doing a big change, she recommends coming in for a complimentary consultation to review every aspect of your desired look. She also loves to complete your look with a beautiful blow-out. In addition to being a stylist, Aujha is also a makeup artist which makes her an excellent addition to our bridal studio and prom preparation team.

Amanda Henry – Stylist

Amanda loves creating a beautiful ombre and balayage. She is also great with women’s and men’s cuts, Loop-N-Lock Extensions, updos, and styles for any occasion.

Amanda has extensive knowledge in Aveda and Revlon products, has taken Advanced Cutting at Vidal Sassoon, and participates regularly in advanced technique classes hosted at Nova Vita from both Aveda and Revlon.

Amanda can be found at Nova Vita on Monday’s, and Wednesday’s to Saturday’s.

Deyana Emad: Stylist

Deyana joined the Nova Vita team in 2014 and completed her training at Marvel in the Fall of 2013. Deyana takes part in many advanced technique classes hosted at Nova Vita from both Aveda and Revlon. She loves to hone her cutting and colouring skills on each and every guest she has. With a love for creating beautiful updo’s, styles  and superb blow-outs, she has been a part of the styling team for various fashion shows and fundraisers, and is a great choice for any special occasion. Deyana has a passion for creating vibrant & bright colors, and is also trained in Loop n Lock hair extensions. She is fluent in both Arabic and Assyrian, and has a wonderful, bubbly personality.
Deyana loves to work with Aveda products because of how natural and versatile they are for all hair types. She is also trained and taking clients for Brazilian Blowouts!

Amber Samson: Stylist

Amber joined the Nova Vita team in 2014, after moving to London from Calgary.  She brings over 12 years of experience in the industry.  Amber is highly trained with Aveda color and products, and has completed additional training with Vidal-inspired cutting classes & Jon Reyman classes.  Amber loves to do beautiful highlites and color, and is skilled in both long and short cuts and styles.  She especially enjoys big color changes & cuts, and looks forward to women’s short haircuts! She is well known for her skills creating beautiful ombre looks.

Kaylen Gracey: Stylist/Makeup Artist

Kaylen joined the Nova Vita team in 2011 and has completed several cutting and colouring courses, including the Aveda Academy’s Advanced Cutting program, adding to her training already completed through co-op programs and Revlon. Upon graduation from Aveda, Kaylen received the Academy Award of Distinction.
Kaylen will continue to hone her cutting and colouring skills by attending various classes. She will be one of Nova Vita’s skilled curly hair cutters and will provide knowledge for guests with curly hair. She is also trained in Loop n Lock extensions.

Kaylen has participated in various events, creating beautiful updo’s and styles, and is also one of Nova Vita’s expert makeup artists. She has a special passion for avante garde looks, which she has practised through photo shoots and competitions.

Melissa St-Pierre: Stylist

Melissa has completed advanced training through Aveda, Revlon, Schwarzkopf, and Vidal Sassoon hair cutting and colouring classes. She loves to create updos and styles for any occasion, including special events and bridal parties.
Not only does Melissa have extensive knowledge in hair cutting and colouring, but she is also great with perms & beach waves, and men’s cuts. She is an expert at installing Great Lengths Hair Extensions, as well as Loop n Lock hair extensions.

Melissa works Tuesday-Saturday

Caroline Levesque: Stylist

Caroline is bilingual and loves working with French guests!

Caroline has completed several advanced training courses in the art of hair cutting, razoring and texturizing, colouring, updo’s and styling, and Aveda product knowledge. She has also gained extensive hair knowledge through Redken, Aveda and Revlon. Impressively, Caroline has taught a hairstyling program at Collège Boréal!

In addition to hair cutting and colouring, Caroline executes a great men’s cut, and also loves to create unique updo’s and styles (with particular skill incorporating braids), making her an asset to Nova Vita’s bridal studio.

Caroline can be found at Nova Vita from Tuesday-Saturday

Lacee Scoyne: Stylist/Makeup Artist

Lacee has completed advanced training through Aveda and Revlon, and has continued to take several classes to enhance her cutting and colouring knowledge. Lacee loves cutting men’s hair, creating beautiful long-haired looks, working with various hair types, and is also one of Nova Vita’s expert makeup artists. Lacee is also trained in Brazilian Blowouts!

She loves to educate her guests about their individual hair type and provide knowledge about hair type-specific products from Aveda’s hair care lines. She also loves to provide one-on-one styling lessons to enhance your skill with at-home maintenance.

With her skill in creating updo’s and makeup application, Lacee is a great asset to Nova Vita’s bridal studio.