MEET NATALYA ANDERSON, owner of Alya Salon
Stylist – Colorist – Wedding Specialist
From timeless up-dos to exquisite color, Natalya excels at anything hair. Dedicating her time to creating artistic expressions for her clientele based on their personality, lifestyle and hair type, Natalya is passionate about her craft and provides a very personalized service. Originally from Ukraine, she graduated from Pivot Point International Academy and trained in New York and Chicago. As an educator for Goldwell Haircolor International, she trained stylists on their product line and took part in beauty shows to showcase model’s hair. Natalya has also supplied hair and makeup services to T.H.E. Model Agency in D.C. She has more than 18 years of experience with bridal hair designs, advanced color services, and cutting techniques. She specializes in wedding up-do styles, multiple color highlights, precision cutting and curly hair. You can find more of her work at NatalyaStyle.com.
A Few Minutes with NATALYA ANDERSON
Q: How did you find your passion for hair?
A: I would say from my childhood. I was always styling my doll’s hair. When I was a little older, my grandfather always asked me to cut his hair. He said he loved it, but a few days later he would visit his barber.
Q: What inspired you to open your own salon?
A: I wanted to create an environment where everyone has an opportunity to grow and learn; a welcoming place where it feels like home. I have passion for learning and sharing that knowledge, so owning a salon and managing a team was a pretty natural fi t. My husband, Charles, is my biggest supporter. He encouraged me along the way and has provided moral support while taking the leap into salon ownership.
Q: How do you want Alya Salon & Spa to stand out from other salons? A: We want to be the best in the industry by providing outstanding customer service, being honest with our clients, and guiding them in all aspects of the beauty and health of their hair, skin and body. We are very selective in what products we use. We try to find products that are as natural as possible. We have ammonia-free color, gluten-free, paraben-free, vegan and eco-friendly products to ensure the health and wellbeing of our clients.
Q: What makes your salon unique?
A: It is really the individuals on our team who make us unique. From hair care and skin care to weekly waxing, we can help you look and feel your best. Our comprehensive hair salon services include haircuts (curly certified), hair color, hair styling, specialized treatments, and more. To relax and rejuvenate, we suggest indulging in our spa with a facial, skin therapy treatment, massage or reiki. To complete your look with waxing services with our master estheticians, and makeup applications with our makeup artists.
Q: How have you built this talented team of professionals?
A: I focused on hiring skilled professionals who are passionate, well educated, creative artists who share a belief that all client experiences should be engaging and enjoy unparalleled luxury and relaxation.
Q: What do you love most about your work?
A: The best moment for me is when our guest is leaving the salon, extremely happy, smiling with beautiful shiny hair and glowing skin. The biggest reward is to make someone happy. When you look good, you feel good, and you become more confident. Feeling beautiful is powerful to both body and mind.
Q: What are the most popular services lately?
A: Balayage, fashion colors, haircuts and massages. Balayage is so versatile as a coloring technique. It allows you to have the most natural-looking hair. You can then extend the balayage by adding fashion colors on top of it to create a unique look that makes a statement. As the fashion colors wash out, you still have that natural color underneath. Our clients also love that we offer massage. We have many of our clients coming in for a massage first and then having their hair services done.
Q: Tell us about your efforts to give back to the community?
A: We choose to support local charity organizations. We provided complimentary hair and makeup services for the leadership of Britepaths organization in preparation for their magazine photoshoot. Once we learned about their mission, we have continued to support this wonderful organization throughout the year by raising money and providing complimentary braiding, massages and raffles items at our grand opening, Viva Vienna, and October Fest events. We created avant-garde updos for all runway models at the ‘We Will Survive Cancer’ (WWSC) event. The last event we participated in was Dancing with the Stars’ DC Gala. We had so much fun working with local celebrities styling their hair. Lastly, we now support Vienna-based non-profit BRAWS, on their mission to support local women and girls living in shelters. We pay it forward. Together we can make a difference.
Q: We heard that you won a couple awards lately? Tell us more?
A: In November, we won Best Salon in Northern Virginia 2020 for architectural design. We are so proud of this recognition as Charles and I worked with a great designer and architect to bring our salon vision to life. We also won third place for Floats with Music in the Vienna Halloween parade. Our float theme was “Rapunzel with dancing hair fairies”. We all had so much fun at the parade!
For more information, visit AlyaSalon.com.