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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

The Forecast Ward

The First Ward 2017 Forecast
The First Ward 2017 Forecast

Each year we see a lot of trends come and go, which always begs the question: What do we want to see in the world of hair? In a word, MORE. Whatever your hair does naturally, we want to take it to the next level. Let your curls go wild. Give those stick-straight locks the sharpest blunt cut.  We're talking strong shapes and textures amplified all the way to 11. We want to make our clients feel powerful and romantic at the same time, all in the most effortless way. It's probably better if we just show you, so check out the Pinterest board we made HERE

The First Ward 2017 Forecast
The First Ward 2017 Forecast
The First Ward 2017 Forecast
The First Ward 2017 Forecast

Mark About Town

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Interview Mark Perkins
The First Ward Salon Tulsa Interview Mark Perkins

If you live in the Tulsa area, you've probably seen this face around town. But what do any of us really know about Mark Perkins? He loves a good glass of wine, an impromptu trip anywhere in the world, and he cares deeply about our fair city.  We sat down with this local enigma to get to the bottom of the important issues. Like, what is his Bacon Number? And, does Jessica give accurate tarot readings?  


What does "hygge" mean to you?

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Interview Mark Perkins

One of the beautiful attributes of hygge, and what makes it tricky to define, is that it is a concept that means something a little different to everybody.  It is both personal and universal.  For me, it’s that moment in which you find yourself content.  It’s the sensation more than the fact of being physically and mentally comfortable and untroubled.  It is related to coziness, but it has an extra kick that makes it an understated, half-conscious half-subconscious joyful coziness inclusive of multiple senses.  

Imagine finding yourself cozy, lounging with your favorite person after a night full of laughter and solid conversation, looking into the fire but not focused on it, during one of those seven-minute silences (not an uncomfortable one…a reflective one with a half-grin), and, as the illumination in the room dances with familiar cadence, the fire crackles just right, both breaking and prolonging the silence as its done since the beginning of time, while the fragrance of burning wood comingles with the residual scent of that delicious meal you improvised earlier using the beautiful ingredients you picked up at the farmer’s market you stumbled upon while exploring that cool autumn morning.  Hygge.  Or, imagine lying in the cool grass, late in the afternoon, with the sun hitting everything at the right angle but your eyes, which are looking up at the uniquely-perfect-for-that-day clouds speckled across a big sky, while a breeze comes in waves, audibly (and visually in your periphery) rustling the leaves of the semi-distant trees, reminding you of when you were a kid, having the exact same sensation without a specific memory attached to it.  Hygge.

Everyone in Tulsa seems to know you.
Are you Tulsa’s Kevin Bacon?
Do you know Kevin Bacon?

I don’t know him, but my Bacon number is 3, which is pretty good.  I was in Bring It On with Kirsten Dunst, who was in Spider Man 3 with Theresa Russell, who was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon. 

Oysters vs. Crawdads?

Well, I have a healthy obsession with crawfish.  My sister-in-law is from LA…she opened my eyes long ago.  It’s tough to beat a proper crawfish boil, or Cajun food in general for that matter. Frankly, the Dionysian outlook that permeates Cajun culture as I’ve seen it is something to be embraced and celebrated.  As a society, we probably need more of it, though not the caricaturization of it (if that’s a word).  And crawfish is the perfect representative of the culture that prepares it best.  

Crawfish has a latent, delicious beauty that needs to be teased out of it.  It needs spice, it craves attention, it likes to be complemented by other flavors without being overshadowed.  Ready to let loose and dance, it has a symbiotic relationship with the chef who prepares it.  In the hands of a good chef, crawfish reaches its apex, and is capable of doing so because it is ready to party.  Full of potential. Ready to burst forth in a flurry of bliss.  And the personality of the chef, and indeed the crowd gathered to enjoy it, emerges, uniquely, at every crawfish boil, and shines through in the flavor that is aroused.  Perfectly imperfect, ready to party, full of the emotion.  The yin to the yang. 

Oysters, on the other hand, don’t need any assistance.  The lucky ones are innately beautiful.  The last thing they need is encroachment, or some blowhard’s idea of what they should be.  Similar in their carefree attitude, but different in their state of contentment. They are what they are; a product of the environment from where they come.  And what they are shines through in their most natural state. The good ones were born with it, and are uninterested in being inspired to be anything else. Like Allen Iverson, they don’t give a fuck.  They are a product of their environment, they know with focused precision that the best thing they can offer the world is to be what they are not what someone else wants them to be.  When they have it, they have it, and nothing can make it better, especially not overbearing shit like horseradish.  Their flavor tells a story worth listening to, if you’re only willing to listen.  They taste like an experience worth experiencing.  They taste like the sea; they taste specifically like the sea from which they came.  If you give them the attention they deserve, they will take you to the particular stretch of the world they used to call home.  An oyster is a tour guide that will take you to a far away place you may not know, but that you can experience if you allow yourself to listen with all of your senses.  Oysters are like wine.  And, like wine, they should be the ones telling the story.

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Interview Mark Perkins

You have the hair of a Disney Prince. 
Which princess is your soulmate?
Who had the best hair? 

Well, my first love was Ariel, but I’ve grown up a little.  So I’ll go with Belle as my soul mate.  She’s adventurous, intelligent, curious, strong, and effortlessly beautiful.  She marches to the beat of her own drum, but is not self-centered.  She is in fact pretty selfless.  Her farthest adventure afield was for others. She is both picky and romantic, and obviously is open to trying new things.  She’s an idealist.  And finally, apparently, she will also soon be played by one of my celebrity crushes, Emma Watson. Icing on the cake.

Best hair?  They all have pretty great hair (except for Snow White, obviously).  Rapunzel…her hair is literally legendary.  But I can’t get past her name reminding me of a beastie boys lyric.  And, honestly, who wants their hair to be that long?  Nobody, that’s who.  Can you imagine all the hassles it would cause, even locked in a castle (pun intended)?  Belle has really great hair, but she’s my soul mate despite that not because of it.  She could do whatever she wanted with her hair and she’d still be elegant and gorgeous.  Jasmine is exotic and gorgeous, free spirited, curious, compassionate, beautiful, and strong.  She’s also innocent, stubborn, and can be a little sassy.  Adorable.  But I’ll go with Merida.  Can you believe those locks?  Get outta here!  I’d be that creepy guy at a party she didn’t really know who’d ask to touch her hair.  Men have died for less than a fistful of those locks! Curls for life!  Ride on, red hot mama, girl, you sure look good to me!

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Interview Mark Perkins

Where in the world is Mark Perkins going next (literally + figuratively)?

I have a few little trips planned, but I’m most excited about visiting the middle east in the fall.  A few weeks ago, I booked a round trip flight to Dubai for $671!  Dubai isn’t really my destination though…it’s just a transit hub on the other side of the world that I could get to on the cheap.  Aside from spending a few days in the UAE, I have a blank canvas for a couple weeks; I’m thinking some combination of Israel/Palestine/Jordan/Egypt.  Or maybe East Africa.  I’m not really sure yet, but it’ll be fun to plan.  I’m open to suggestions…

Figuratively, I have no idea.  Hopefully, it involves a whole lotta hygge.

Has anything in Jessica's tarot reading proven to be true?

Not really. I think the first card was off.  The Empress is always a part of who I am.  My future is what it is, and yet to be determined, but by definition cannot yet be proven true.  I hope to always be a spoke on the Wheel of Fortune, open to what comes, swept up in the momentum I create by conscientious decision-making. Destiny is the cocktail made of ingredients determined by good living.


As with any good mystery, we still have questions but feel once step closer to understanding Mr. Perkins. Thanks, Mark, for taking the time to chat with us. Now we're gonna go watch Bring It On in slow motion to see if he's telling the truth. 

- Team TFW