Staying Current

Current Salon
Since opening in 2012, Current Salon and Color Bar has received many top honors and much recognition as a top hair salon in the metro area of Washington D.C. Most recently they were nominated for best salon design for the North American Hairstyling Awards. 
Inside the modern space, guests relax in all that encompasses the pampering experience. Located in Ashburn in Northern Virginia Current Salon’s award-winning stylists offer both classic and contemporary cuts, styling, and color services, as well as Staying Currenthighly sought-after cosmetic treatments. For color services, Current offers everything from color matching to bold, multi-dimensional color, as guests find the color bar unlike any other in Loudoun County.
Current Salon is about more than just creating beautiful hairstyles - it’s about producing a personalized experience for every client, every time. And, the difference can be seen within each well thought-out detail making sure their clients know they have the stylist’s full attention. That sentiment goes for team members too. Every stylist is encouraged to continue investing time, energy, and training to bring the most innovative styles and techniques to Current clients.
The salon is a collaboration by husband and wife team Ryan Mallard and Nese Altas. As co-owner and managing director of the salon, Ryan’s focus remains on the management side of the business.
“One of the greatest achievements Nese and I have experienced so far is the overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the surrounding community. It goes to show that when you build something around what you love, that energy becomes contagious," said Ryan, continuing; "Loudoun County is filled with remarkable people, and we are honored to have a role in helping them look and feel that way, too.” Staying Current
“I love making people happy and then receiving hugs and gratitude when clients leave my chair feeling completely satisfied,” adds salon co-owner and lead stylist, Nese Altas whose professional career has been devoted to the salon industry. At the age of 18, Nese left her native Istanbul, Turkey and came to the U.S. without her immediate family and without knowing any English. However, she excelled in her hair profession through sheer determination, talent, and a deep caring for her customers. 
Nese stresses that her customers are an essential part of her salon. “I am interested in creating the best look possible for my customers,” she said. “If I don’t think someone’s hair looks just right I won't let them leave the salon until it’s perfect. I am a perfectionist and am honest. I bring these attributes to my customers.”
When not in the salon Nese is studying current hair trends. She also takes time out to visit Turkey where her immediate family resides.
Nese’s creative mastery is balanced with Ryan’s proven business and leadership skills, which has helped cultivate an incredible team. A native of Reston, Virginia, Ryan Mallard began his career in the mortgage banking industry where he focused his efforts toward leadership and management opportunities, creating a large team of successful loan originators. Ryan’sStaying Current leadership capabilities and strong mentoring skills along with a commitment to deliver the highest possible level of service are some of the qualities that have proven most valuable in his current role. His talents are a perfect complement to Nese’s strengths and ensure the overall success of the salon. 
“It has been a fantastic collaboration,” says Ryan. “Nese is an amazingly creative stylist and an enthusiastic mentor for our staff.  I enjoy the team management role of ensuring the highest level of service to our clients while helping to make the salon an enjoyable workplace for each of our team members.”
“I’m extremely proud of what our salon family has accomplished, both individually and collectively,” Ryan adds. “Our mission is to continue to support our team with their individual goals while remaining committed to providing outstanding service to our clients and actively supporting the community in which we live and serve.”

Ryan Mallard & Nese AltasRyan Mallard & Nese Altas of Current Salon
Photography by Robert Merhaut