Giving Back

To our Community

Our Nova Vita team knows the importance of giving back to the community in which we live and work. We all work together out of passion and dedication to make a difference using our creativity and talents to contribute to various fundraisers for a multitude of local events and charities.


With our intent set on making a difference in the community, the Nova Vita team remains true to our values and always gives back. Please contact us if you’d like our assistance for fundraisers or charity events where our team of makeup artists and stylists can get involved.

Our Accomplishments

At Nova Vita

  • We founded the annual Little Black Dress Event in 2005. We successfully ran this event for 8 years, raising over $150,000 for Wellspring Cancer Centre of London & Tara Boom Children’s Foundation. The event included silent auctions, live auctions, a fashion show featuring multiple local businesses and over 15 models, and countless volunteers.
  • For the last 13 years, we have been eager participants in the Parkinson’s Cut A Thon.
  • We have been part of Diva Day for 9 years now. We donate our time and skill each year to a day of pampering and relaxation, in order to raise funds for the London and District Distress Centre.
  • We have participated in the Women’s Lifestyle Show for 14 years, both as vendors at the event, and also by putting on a fashion show. This showcases local designers & shops, as well as the talents of our staff of hair stylists & makeup artists.
  • Each year, members of our team participate in Aveda’s Walk For Water. This walk is a celebration of Earth Month, and focuses on the protection of our water resources.
  • We are happy to supply hair and makeup services for countless fashion shows associated with Western University and Fanshawe College.
  • We donated our time and skill to lend a helping hand with Western’s Head for the Cure, a campaign held at UWO to also raise money for cancer.
  • With your help, we donated over 1,000 feet of hair to Just Between Friends, a local organization dedicated to the making of wigs for those in need. We proved that help can be given without a monetary donation.
  • We annually hold a Christmas Toy Drive for the Children’s Aid Society. Each year, generous donations allow us to fill multiple truck loads with gifts for those in need
  • Raised money and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis seven years in a row and counting, by participating in the Telus Walk for Diabetes & the Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Continuous donations for Optimist, Hopes Garden, Hospice of London, Children’s Aid Society, St. Josephs Health Care, TaraBoom Houston Children’s Foundation, and Holiday Home Tour Auction for people with disabilities.
  • We participate in Earth Month each May with Aveda.
  • We sponsor children in Africa through Compassion Canada. Instead of staff members receiving gifts on their birthdays, a monthly charitable donation to a child in Africa is made in their name.
  • Every Spring and Summer season, the Nova Vita team supports Cystic Fibrosis research and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by wearing any colour other than black on Friday’s and Saturday’s, giving $2 each day to be collected until Fall.

Come Visit Us In The Salon!

Monday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday Closed

Meet Our Team

At Nova Vita Hair Studio & Esthetics

As a young entrepreneur, Rhonda Bernardi opened her first salon in 2000. After five years, her desire and passion for creating and leading an energized, dynamic team of optimistic professionals lead her to open Nova Vita. She took inspiration from the meaning behind Nova Vita, which translates to “New Life,” and put together a team of stylists that would breathe “new life” into her passion for connecting with the community and providing exceptional customer service. Several of the original staff members can still be found around the salon today!

Rhonda – Owner

Rhonda strongly believes in keeping her skills sharp and up to date. She has consistently sought out advanced education from widely recognized international pioneers in the beauty industry. Her portfolio includes Vidal Sassoon’s, John Raymond in Los Angeles, Toni & Guy, Revlon, as well as training frequently in Europe for the elite Style Masters! She has also completed her Great Lengths certification and frequently updates her skills with Aveda training. Rhonda’s true passion lies in curly hair, long hair, razor cutting and creating unique, customized new looks suitable for all of her guests! Rhonda cherishes her long standing relationships that she has created over the years and her new relationships with her guests and always looks forward to seeing their smiling faces!

Georgie – Colour & Perm Specialist

Georgie is our resident colour specialist! Her extensive knowledge in the colour world has always been a huge asset to our team. She specializes in colour corrections, highlights, all over colours, root colours, blondes and perms. Georgie has been in the industry for a vast number of years now, resulting in beautiful, long lasting colour results for all her clients.


Miguel – Stylist

Miguel is one of our master stylists! He is well known for creating flawless classic women’s cuts and his outstanding barbering techniques. With over 20 years in the industry, Miguel can help you create a new look or a classic style! His confidence in both cutting and colour is sure to leave you satisfied! Miguel specializes in highlights, all over colours, red toned colours and is especially passionate about women’s cuts! He can be found in the salon Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Deyana – Stylist

Deyana is well known for creating stunning looks from start to finish! Her wealth of knowledge as a colourist has quickly made her a favorite with all our guests! She specifically specializes in ombres/balayages, high-lights, all over colours and is truly an expert in creating flawless blondes! Deyana is also well versed in Men’s cuts, Women’s cuts and Kid’s cuts. Her passion lies in creating a unique, customized look for all of her guests! She is also one of our updo experts! She can help you create a stunning, elegant look for your wedding, prom, graduation or any special occasion. She creates effortless styles, suitable for any occasion! Her desire to keep up with current trends and advance her education has lead her to take classes with Vidall Sassoon, Revlon, Aveda and many more!

Jules – Stylist

Julie specializes in Nano-Link and Great Length Extensions, Highlights, Baby lights, all over and root colour and Balayage/Ombre. Julie is well known for creating beautiful blondes! Additionally, Julie’s attention to detail has made her an exquisite precision cutter, her specialty being long hair and a classic bob hair cut. Julie has been with Nova Vita since 2003! After graduating from Devoge Academy, she kept her skills fresh and current with continual advanced education with Aveda, Revlon Professional, Schwarzkopf and Salon Pro training with Jon Reyman in Los Angeles. Julie’s hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Sara – Stylist  

Throughout her career, Sara has become a very well-rounded stylist, specializing in many different areas of the beauty industry. Not only does Sara excel with short and long cuts, she always provides exceptional results with her colour clients, from highlights and balayages/ombres to colour corrections, Sara can do it all! She also provides many different services, such as both Great Length and Nano Link Extensions, she is also one of our resident “curly hair experts.” Sara has been with us at Nova Vita for 8 years, having been in the industry for almost 9! She is officially back from maternity leave and is available on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.  

Kaylen – Stylist

Kaylen specializes in precision cutting, creating incredible, clean haircuts for both men and women. She works well with textured curly hair and her bob cuts are some of the best in the industry! Kaylen is also passionate about colour services, specifically balayages and highlights, creating beautiful, natural looking blondes. She also specializes in creative colouring techniques using bright, beautiful fashion shades. Kaylen started at Nova Vita as a co-op student, working her way up the ranks to become a truly exceptional stylist. Having trained at the Aveda Academy in Toronto, ON. Kaylen is available Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Caroline – Stylist

*On maternity leave until October 2024*

Caroline has a passion for colour services and excels with balayages, ombres and creative colours, rose gold being her specialty. She can create a unique, stunning new look just for you! She is passionate about Men’s cuts, Women’s cuts, children’s cuts and specializes in creating elegant updos for proms, weddings and special occasions. Caroline has been a stylist for 13 years, having been with Nova Vita for the past 6. Her friendly, caring personality is one of the things her clients can’t get enough of, always greeting them with a big smile and warm welcome. Caroline is available in the salon Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Lacee – Stylist

Lacee’s extensive knowledge as a colorist has made her a “go-to” for our colour clients. She has become an expert in creating stunning blondes through highlights and balayages/ombres and thoroughly enjoys colour corrections. She also specializes in rose golds, greys and colour melts! Lacee truly is a stellar colourist! On top of that, Lacee is an expert in Men’s cuts including fades, using the classic scissor over comb techniques. Lacee first started at Nova Vita in 2012 after having graduated from The Aveda Institute in Toronto, ON. Lacee can be found at the salon everyday but Wednesday’s.

Chelsea – Stylist

Chelsea has been a crucial part of our team since 2019. She has trained at the London Beauty Academy and the Aveda Academy in Toronto. She enjoys doing men’s and women’s cuts, highlights and blondes, and is known for her stunning copper transformations. Chelsea is also one of our extension specialists, specifically nanolinks.  You can find Chelsea available to book everyday but Wednesday’s! 

Margo – Stylist

Margot has been in the beauty industry for 20 years, and brings to Nova Vita a skill set from doing hair around the world, most recently in Dubai! She loves to create natural, sun-kissed looks with her blonding techniques, and is a whiz with a blow dryer, already known for her stunning blowouts! Margo also specializes in our keratin smoothing treatment – eliminating frizz for beautiful silk-like results. Margo doesn’t work with short, pixie, or men’s cuts.  You can book with Margot Tuesday through Saturday.

Manuela – Esthetician

Manuela is a European trained esthetician with over 24 years of experience. She specializes in waxing techniques, using a Azalen hard wax, which can significantly reduce reddening and irritation to the skin. Manuela is well known for creating the perfect eyebrow, both with waxing and tinting services, to give a stronger, more defined look. Whether it’s Brazilian waxing, full legs or just a simple chin wax you won’t be disappointed! As a professional makeup artist, her expertise in Bridal, formal, Prom and special occasion make up will leave you feeling confident and beautiful! Manuela is also passionate about her European facial techniques, leaving her guests with a fresh, clean glow! Manuela can be found in the salon Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Sophia- assistant/junior stylist

Sophia is one of the most valued members of our team as one of Nova Vita’s treasured assistants! She started out as a co-op student and has also trained at the Sassoon Academy in Toronto.  She loves doing braids and updos and is a certified Babe Stylist.


Faiz - Barber

Faiz is our Barber who has trained in Montreal for 2 years and now here in London. He specializes in Men’s cuts and that perfect fade utilizing his clippers. He is available to book on Saturdays. 

Danika - Stylist

Danika loves doing lived in blondes, colour transformations, extensions, and haircutting. She loves making people feel beautiful and giving back to the community. Danika has been a stylist for 6 years, she initially started her training at Balaclava in St. Thomas and has since completed advanced cutting and colouring training at the Sassoon Academy and the Goldwell Academy in Toronto. She has completed the Babe Mastery Tour for hair extensions and is now a certified Babe Stylist. She has also completed Larissa Love’s advanced balayage training.

Fanshawe and Western students receive 20% off when booking with Danika!


Salina - Stylist

Salina - Stylist

Salina loves to do lived in balayage, highlights, colour transformations, and extensions. She has been in the hair industry for 5 years, she starterd as a Co-Op student at a local salon and attended Fanshawe College’s Apprenticeship program in Woodstock. She has done advanced cutting and colouring courses at both the Sassoon Academy and the Goldwell Academy in Toronto. She has completed Larissa Love’s advanced balayage training and is a certified Babe Stylist. Salina is currently working though Masters of Balayage.

Fanshawe and Western students receive 20% off when booking with Salina!

Micaela - Stylist

Micaela - Stylist

Micaela is passionate about all things curls, she loves educating clients on products and styling techniques. She also loves to do braids, cutting, highlights, blonde to brown transformations, smoothing treatments, and extensions. Micaela has been in the industry for 6 years. She initially started her training at Fanshawe college in Woodstock and has since completed advanced training for cutting and colouring at both the Sassoon Academy and the Goldwell Academy in Toronto. She is also a certified Babe Stylist and our in house tech guru.