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WAX ECSTATIC

Well, we did it! The First Ward is happy to announce that we have created our first-ever custom candle. It only took us about two years to develop, but it was well worth the time.

After the short run of our pop-up shop Hygge, a spark was ignited in the minds of Team TFW. We wanted to bring a little more of the shop's cozy lifestyle into the salon. We've also always been interested in developing a signature fragrance, so the answer seemed simple: candles. The warmth and comfort of a good candle is the key to coziness. Did you know the average Danish citizen burns thirteen pounds of candlewax a year? WHOA. 

The main purpose of a First Ward candle has always been to provide a familiar sense of space that our clients and friends can take home with them. It's the same welcoming feeling we want you to experience in the salon. 

To achieve this vague and ambitious goal, we needed a candlemaker that could translate it into smells. Through our friends at Workstead, we joined forces with Beau Burdette at The Contents Co. in Charleston, South Carolina. Beau definitely spoke our language. To kick things off, Beau sent us a questionnaire that helped keep us on the right path throughout development. 

What feelings or emotions do you want this scent to convey?
Comfort and familiarity, while still being challenged. Like a song you feel you should have heard before, but is new to you. Or a new friend that seems should have been in your life forever. Or the way your home smells like you remember, but more intense, after having a great adventure overseas.

Name a few adjectives you would want others to use when describing this scent:
Androgynous, balanced, comforting. 

If this scent were a person, who would it be?
Here are a few: Jane Goodall, Benazir Bhutto, Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart. All strong, adventurous, passionate women.

After some back and forth, Beau knocked it out of the park. At times it seemed like he knew what we wanted better than we did. He also sourced the most incredible terra-cotta vessels from a Charleston ceramicist that make for a great keepsake after the candle burns out. 

The First Ward Contents Co Candle
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma

So what does it smell like? We took some notes from our favorite fig candles to create something sweet, complex, and the answer to all the questions above. According to the maker, "the leathery, milky fig notes come first, with a sharper touch of citrus/floral/green aromas.... lastly a subtle earthy/woods base note." 

Honestly, it's hard to describe. All we know it's the perfect complement to the scent of the salon and we're obsessed with it. First batch is a limited supply, so get your nose over to the salon before they're all gone!

The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co

HAIR SCARES

James Sherrod The First Ward Studio Tulsa Hair

Wanna see something spooky? Check out our gallery below to see some of our past experimental haircuts. The most frightening thing is that each of us thought we looked pretty cool at the time (especially and most deservingly, James). And while we cringe a little at each look, it should be no surprise that we like to get weird with hair. And really, you're all lucky we tested the worst on ourselves. 

THE PATH TO TOTALITY

Truth be told, Krystle going platinum blonde the same day as the Total Eclipse was a Total Coincidence. But we saw those stars aligning and couldn't deny the cosmic fate of this epic transformation. There was a slight possibility that this whole thing could turn Krystle into a superhero, so we had to shoot for the moon. 

Solar phenomena aside, we thought this would also be a good time to talk about the blonde ambition that is sweeping the nation. Everybody's trying to be a Targaryen, but do you have what it takes? You may just be crazy enough. Before you decide to take the platinum plunge, take a step back  and read through our most frequently-asked questions about going blonde. 


What is the best case scenario for going blonde? 
Virgin, uncolored, untreated hair about the collar bone. Even a client with ideal hair won’t get there in one go. Best case is really just someone willing to put in the time. 

What is the worst case scenario (i.e. basically impossible)?
Ultra-long hair that’s been colored multiple times and doesn’t want to lose any length. Especially with dark or red dye. Even if you haven’t colored your hair in a long time, it’s still in the hair and can affect the process.

Do different types of hair bleach differently? 
Yes. It depends on hair texture, type, and background. Course hair is the most difficult.

How much time should a client expect for the total process? 
8-9 hours if you want to be truly platinum and have the time to knock it out in one day. Usually that’s broken into multiple days, with a toner in between appointments so you're not walking around with baby chicken hair.  

How does the process (specifically bleach and toner) work? 
Bleaching exposes your natural underlying pigment, typically something very yellow. Toner counteracts that and brings cooler tones into your hair. Bleach doesn’t fade, but the toner will fade in a matter of weeks. However, with the right home maintenance, you can keep your hair from looking too warm until your next appointment. 

How will this be priced? 
With something like this, we charge by the hour not the process. Our stylists charge $80-100/hr.

How should the client  prepare their hair before their appointment?
Do not show up with freshly-washed hair. The process of shampooing is abrasive, and bleach irritates the scalp enough already. Take some Advil if you have a low pain tolerance. Also, fun fact: the more stressed-out you are, the more likely your scalp will feel irritated (lots of blood pumping through your system). So take it easy, bring a good book, and have a glass of wine on us - but not if you have taken ibuprofen. Dr. James's orders. 

Should a client expect to cut off a decent amount of hair due to damage?
Not necessarily, but being open to cutting is advisable. We do our best to preserve the condition of your hair, but sometimes that requires scissors.

How will their hair change in texture?
The hair starts to feel a little spongy. It gets rough and dry and loses some vitality. Bleach can make straight hair turn wavy and wavy hair turn straight, but it’ll be fuzzier regardless. Some clients with fine hair love getting a little extra body.

How will that affect styling + washing?
Your hair will take longer to dry. You’ll want to baby it. Expect your dry time to take quite a bit longer.

How often should a fresh blonde wash their hair? 
Depends on your hair, but less often than they did before the process. The more you wash it, the more your tone will fade. 

What products do you suggest for ideal maintenance?
Davines Alchemic Silver conditioner (to keep the yellow from creeping in). Nourishing Shampoo + Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner. Olaplex treatment. 

Once desired color is achieved, when should a client schedule their follow-up appointments? Why is that?
If you are serious about maintaining super platinum, come in every 3-5 weeks. Even if you like a dark rooty look, it can create extra steps but requires the same amount of time. 

What will a follow-up appointment consist of and how long will it last? 
Depending on how dark your hair is and how frequently you come in, the process could be a simple root-touch up and toner. Certain circumstances may require a full double-process again. This would be less than the first appointment, but still 3-5 hours. 


 If you have more questions, don't hesitate to contact us.  Each head of hair is different from the next, so schedule a consultation and talk it out with your stylist. Come with some ideas, but an open mind. Be realistic with reference photos - those Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton ads are heavily filtered. But by the power vested in TFW, we believe there's a blonde out there for everyone. 

In case you need a second opinion, here are some great articles about the big, blonde truth:
Into The Gloss: My Double Process
Cosmopolitan: What It's Really Like to Go Platinum
Here's How to Go Platinum Blonde Without Destroying Your Hair


STYLIST SPOTLIGHT: ANDREA

The First Ward Studio Tulsa Oklahoma Hair Stylist Andrea Piper

You’ve let her wash your hair and scrub your brains, but what do you really know about TFW styling assistant Andrea Piper? In honor of her one-year anniversary at the salon (yowza!), we thought it was time to give her the spotlight and let you know where this goth angel came from.

Like a true fantasy heroine, Andrea came to Tulsa by way of the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) as a social-worker-by-day, makeup-genius-by-night (that’s like a costume?). She was saving lives left and right, but realized her own life was lacking something. She decided to combine her powers and started pursuing a job in hair and makeup more seriously. After she worked at MAC Cosmetics and studied at Paul Mitchell, she found us, and we’re lucky she did. She has so many cute animal videos we've never seen before. 


Name: Andrea (rhymes with Ham-dree-ah)

Age: 31

List all the colors you have dyed your hair.
Green, purple, red, orange, blue (currently), early 2000s foil blonde. The first color I ever did was pink when I was thirteen. My mom and I did pink highlights through a cap.

What color is next?
This morning I googled “witch hair” to learn what kind of hair a witch would legitimately have. Lots of texture, long, natural and wild. That’s what I want next.

If you could have the hair of any animated character, who would it be and why?
Wonder Woman. So much body and shine! It’s also has a blue tint sometimes. If my blue hair looked as lush as that, I’d keep it forever.

What was the last song stuck in your head?
Ever since Sarah played “Return of the Mack” in the salon (months ago), I hear it everywhere and it’s always stuck in my head. Did you know Burger King is using it in a commercial now?

You love have two little dogs named Toby and Akiko.
What do you think their voices sound like?
Toby is very grumpy and aloof, he would sound like Eeyore. Akiko is the opposite. She’s very girly and sensitive and dainty.

What does Phoenix have that Tulsa needs?
More cultural food options spread throughout the city.

Your family owns an Italian restaurant. If you were a pasta noodle, which would you be and why?
All the best dishes are with penne pasta. I’d also probably be penne because I’m short and I absorb what’s around me. I adapt to my surroundings.

Describe your favorite tattoo on your body.
Probably the cat church from Pet Sematary or the Beetlejuice tombstone.

If you were a phoenix, what would you do in your next life?
In college I wanted to be an anthropologist or paleontologist. I wanted to study cultures and dig up dinosaur bones. 

How does your social work background affect your life as a hairdresser?
I think it definitely improved my listening skills. Most people probably don’t think you need to be a good listener and empathetic as a hairdresser, but I disagree. It helps you connect with your client.


Follow-up questions?
Chat her up during your next visit to see James or Jessica. Or, if you have an event coming up, we can set up a time for a makeup application or blow-out. During Andrea’s apprenticeship, she will also be honing her skills through classes, and classes need models. We’re currently looking for ladies interested in chopping their locks for a pixie cut and men that want to grow their short cuts out.

Follow Andrea’s work on IG: @thescissorsofmercy
Check out the whole team here.

The First Ward Studio Tulsa Oklahoma Hair Stylist Andrea Piper

Cut By An Angel

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Oklahoma Audrey Thomas

It seems like it was only yesterday that we were all asking each other, "Why is some hot blonde suddenly stalking all of us online?" After basically inviting herself to the party, Audrey Thomas quickly proved to be more than just a Pinterest-famous flaxen-hair bombshell. She's an incredible baker, joke-teller, dog mom, and a true wizard at hair-doing. Most days we can hardly believe she's real. Audrey completed our team when we didn't even realize anything was missing.

For those who missed the memo, Audrey is having twins, and their due date is just around the corner. While we know we'll never fill the hole in our collective heart after Audrey's last day, we are excited for her to start her new career as the world's coolest stay-at-home mom.

The First Ward Salon Audrey Thomas

Audrey only has a couple weeks left working with us, but we promise to do our best to help you though this transition. We'll have all of her notes and charts directing our crew to stay on top of your super chic 'dos.

Please don't hesitate to call or email us with any questions, concerns, comments, or party invitations. 

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Oklahoma Audrey Thomas
The First Ward Salon Tulsa Oklahoma Audrey Thomas
The First Ward Salon Tulsa Oklahoma Audrey Thomas Hygge