Denver Hair Tutorial

A 1, 2, 3 Out the Door Hairstyle!

It's been a while since I've posted a hair tutorial, so I know this is long overdue!  

This little number is the fastest and easiest way to get that "in style" braided look, without the hassle and time.  I've become dependent on easy hair styles since we got our little nugget... I mean who needs to potty 3 times in 40 minutes?!  I just don't have the time to play around like I used to.  

So here's to a style that even a puppy-mom can throw together!



Wedding Hair Styles

Our wedding was absolutely perfect!  I cannot believe its been 60 days since we said "I DO."  Time has flown and I feel like a lifetime of things have happened since the beginning of the year!  I am loving the space we are in right now and it's been such an adventure to take this step together.  

Now it's your turn!  You are finally going to take the plunge.  The big day comes with a ton of emotions and stresses, but if you take a minute to read my experiences, you'll be able to minimize the unpleasant parts and enjoy every moment of the important parts.  SOOOOO -- Today's post is all about WEDDING HAIR!  

Obviously the way you look on your wedding day is a big deal... You've spent month preparing and planning for an event you will remember forever. These pictures will hang in your house and your family will look at them for generations. Hopefully at this stage, you have a pretty clear idea of what you want your image to look like!  You're probably picked out your dress and have been fitted - yipeeeee! But now it's time to decide how you want to wear your hair. I suggest looking in magazines, perusing Pinterest, and also thinking about your own hair... The last one is important because you need to set real expectations for what your hair can do. If you have thin, fine hair getting a full up-do will be nearly impossible. 

Once you have a hair style you've chosen, it's time to choose your stylist!  Finding a stylist can be hard, especially one that wont break the bank -- so here are a few steps to make the process of choosing a hair artist for your big day a little easier::

  1. Ask around- personal referrals are the best way to get a list of possible stylists, even searching wedding blogs in the area would be helpful!
  2. Peruse Instagram accounts of stylists in the area of your wedding, add ones you like to the list of referrals. 
  3. Google "Wedding Hair Stylists in XXXXX."  Check out their websites and add the ones you like to your list.
  4. Send Initial Contact email to all stylists on your list.  Ask them for pricing, availability, and a list of what you are hoping to have done.  If you have photos of the look you want, that will be very helpful in determining price!  You'll also want to ask about having your bridesmaid's hair done, if you're planning to do that.  How to choose those styles is suggested below!  NOTE: Some stylist will give you a discount for bigger groups.  Lastly, You'll need to ask for their "day of timeline" and travel costs, if you are having them travel a long way.  
  5. Gather all of the responses and weigh your options.  You will immediately be able to rule out a good number of them if you are financially bound by a certain price point.  
  6. Choose your stylist and sign the contract!

I think the biggest challenge when planning the "bridal party look" is deciding what you want the ceremony to look like.  Luckily, by this point, you've already chosen your wedding dress and your venue.  The next step is choosing the bridesmaid's dress and hair styles!   There is definitely a method to this madness and I would recommend picking out the dresses before deciding the hair styles, but they should be decided in the same time frame.  If you won't be paying for the girls to have their hair done, you may want to consider dresses that would flatter a simple curled hairstyle or half up, half down looks.  If you are going to be wearing your hair down and would like all of the girls to wear their hair up, you will need to consider this when picking dresses.  

I've linked photos of all the hairstyles we used for our big day:

For all of those who have asked, I had the pleasure of working with Mackenzie from Haute Hare Salon in Castle Rock.  The girls were absolutely amazing and you can see from the photos, they ROCK at their jobs!  You can check out her gallery on Instagram - @acoloradohairstylist

Headshots by Noah Berg Photography 



The Anti-Braid:: A Flawless Non-Braided Look

Not good at the ever-so-stylish braids?  Struggle to keep your head on straight when trying to follow along with Pinterest photo tutorials?  Don’t you worry your pretty little head!  Here at the Novice Native, I’ve put together a tutorial on one of my favorite hair styles.  This look is SO easy and takes about 4 minutes to finish from start to end.  Not only does it look fabulous and polished, but it’s even more memorable because IT’S NOT A BRAID J

The “Anti-Braid,” as I like to call it, is a perfect compromise for girls who want a braid look-a-like hair style without the hassle and struggle of keeping the part straight.  As you can see from the photo, this look can be a simple braid with your hair curled at the bottom- creating an on-the-go look that anyone can do.  Or, if you’re looking for a cute hairstyle for something more social, you could tease the crown of the head and pull your hair into a mid-pony for a fun spin on a classic  updo.


I’d like to take a second and reflect on my first hair tutorial.  Oh my gosh- HOW FUN!  I was a little nervous to sit down and record myself… especially because Andrew could hear me in the other room.  But after I started filming.. I found l really liked being able to connect with you all on a more personal level.

I have always struggled with my hair, mainly wanting to wash and dry it because it’s so thick, but starting my blog has been such a positive step in the right direction when it comes hair care.  Not only have I enjoyed grooming my hair, but I’ve gained a ton of confidence in my overall skills when it comes to experimenting with hairstyles.  As I begin to add more hair tutorials, I hope you all enjoy the things I myself am learning and inspire me to try new and more challenging styles.  If you ever want to see a specific hair style that you saw on my blog feel free to shoot me a message!  I always love hearing from you :)

So there’s a little tid-bit about my hair past and where I hope to get to.  This past year has been especially hard when it came to my hair, as I’m sure you can imagine.  Moving from a humid place (Dallas) to basically the driest place in the world (Denver), my hair has needed time to adjust to the climate change.  Not to mention, finding a good hair stylist was not as easy as I thought it would be… (Just an FYI Dallas ladies: Denver hair stylist don’t like our “ultra-blonde hair”!)  I’ll have to tell you more later, but let’s just say 4 hair stylists, 4 different color fails, and ungodly amount of money later… I finally have found my forever hair home and was able to bring this fun tutorial straight to your door, or iPhone, or tablet!  Anyway… I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

I love you all!  Thanks for the support in the next chapter of The Novice Native.