Elfin pixie. Creative blunderbuss. Deep canon nerd. Fracking adorable.
Owner / Barber Educator
ABOUT: Hailing from Chicago before bopping about North America in the most random smattering of professions imaginable (serving, barbering, IT marketing, art school, military and so much more), Natalie is what might be considered Beardsgaard OG, one half of the married pair of founders, and the original barber of the bunch. Think of this one as the business tentacle of Beardsgaard. Although she has mostly stepped back from the chair to make room for the future barbers of the shop, she is still working hard to give all our beloved clients even more of what they love about Beardsgaard.
FAVORITE THINGS: All of the hot caffeinated liquids, writing, photography, cooking, baking, knitting really nice/creepy things, DIY, avoiding unexpected social interaction, animals of all sorts, reading, fantasy (and sci-fi too), becoming a walking IMDB, obsessive organization and categorization, rainbow-color-coded Excel spreadsheets, being an elf, grammar.
FANDOMS: Tolkien for LIFE, A Song of Ice and Fire (or Game of Thrones for HBO fans), The Wheel of Time, Gaiman, Sondheim (knows every word and beat of Into the Woods from the Broadway days), Palahniuk, Tom Waits, Battlestar, Ga….la….vaaaaaaant! Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock (hell, SuperWhoLock!) The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, and every breath Joss Whedon takes.
SPECIALTIES: These days this awkward little gremlin pixie creature flits about the edges and dark corners of the shop, attending to the myriad tasks of running the business, creating content for the blog, social media and YouTube channels, bringing all of the hair education she can find into the shop, and formulating and making the products of our house brand, River Peak Apothecary.
Even with the chairs on the floor of the barbershop full of barbers, Blademaiden still cuts hair, although these days it is usually for educational and editorial purposes, which means she sometimes needs very specific/super shaggy heads. For reasons. When those occasions occur, you’ll always see it on the Beardsgaard Facebook and/or Instagram pages, or her own IG. Check out her portfolio below.