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The More the Merrier

During the months of our Hygge holiday pop-up shop, we got to know some new small business owners here in Tulsa. Among them was Merritt Wakefield, creator of The Merriment Market, a curated selection of anything you need for celebration. Currently working towards her own brick-and-mortar location, Merritt has been hosting her own pop-up shops all around town (Antoinette's, Ever Something, and Pottery Barn Kids to name a few). And after this weekend, you can add The First Ward to that list. 

From April 15th to Sunday the 17th, Merritt will set up shop in the space below The First Ward. Come grab some confetti to celebrate actually doing your taxes this year (or celebrate not giving a damn). Or if you're better children than we are, pick up some cards and gifts for Mother's Day - It's May 8th, don't forget!

TFW x @themerrimentmarket
324 E 2st St
Tulsa, OK 74120
 

Small Business Saturday

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Hygge Pop-Up Shop Small Business Saturday 2015

Small Biz Saturday: November 28

Did you know Small Business Saturday was originally a marketing campaign conceived by a credit card company? It's ironic that a holiday that started out so commercial has now found a greater meaning. 

We personally love it (and not just because we are a small business). Tulsa is growing larger by the minute, determined to be the hottest spot on the map. With that comes a lot of big business. But the real personality of any major city comes from the little guys, the one-of-a-kind places that saw potential in the area before it was "cool." These local businesses create the soul of the city. Rarely are small-business owners in it for the money. They do what they do because they love it and the culture of their city needs them.

With that in mind, we need to do what we can to show small-business owners that their efforts are worth it. It's one thing to say you love a place, but it takes a little more to keep that place alive. When you're out and about doing holiday shopping, make sure to swing by your local retail stores and show them some love. If you're in the Tulsa area, here's a list of some local shops to check out:

Dwelling Spaces
Edit
Colors of Etnika
Whiskey Business
Holy Mountain
Merriment Market @ Hoot Owl
...and don't forget to visit Hygge

The September Issue

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog September 2015

Well, we woke up today and it was September. Even though it's technically still Summer, that Autumn change is in the air…which usually puts Jessica in a grumpy mood. Not this year, though! We have more awesome projects with awesome people happening than we can shake a stick at. 

This month we'll continue to explore the process of creating our first lookbook, we discuss fall cocktails with Aaron Post from Valkyrie, and talk about inflation and our price hike. 


Look Book / Dream Team / Sneak Peek

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Photo Shoot Greenhouse September 2015

The hardest part of creating our lookbook is over (for the First Ward crew, anyway). After a month of meetings, castings, and convincing, we spent two weekends shooting 11 models that represent what doing hair at The First Ward means to us. As I'm sure you know, we're an opinionated bunch, so narrowing that down has been a challenging task. But we like challenges and from what we've seen, we're so stoked that we're already planning the next one.

Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes sneaky peeks for you:

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Photo Shoot September 2015
The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Photo Shoot James and Jessica September 2015

The Aaron Post Post

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Aaron Post Valkyrie Interview September 2015

It's no secret, we like to enjoy some adult beverages on occasion. So it makes sense that one of our favorite people in Tulsa owns one of our favorite bars. Seriously, though, if you haven't met Aaron Post, he's one of the nicest guys around. That's good because our new motto is "doing nice things with nice people". He totally fits the bill and he makes us laugh to boot. 

We asked him a few questions and got a nice recipe while daydreaming about our fall cocktail. Check it:


TFW: We love going to Valkyrie because we can always expect something new, delicious, and exciting. You have such a great reputation and your bar is so welcoming. What is the driving force behind your motivation?

AP: Our mantra is "playfully serving serious drinks." We strive to be a world-class cocktail bar that doesn't take itself too seriously. The universe of craft cocktails can sometimes be overwhelming. We work hard to be sympathetic to all of our guests and curate great experiences no matter what they're excited about.

TFW: Who is George Turbo?

AP: Aaron Post is "work hard." George Turbo is "play hard." George Turbo is the night. George Turbo is leading in the polls. George Turbo comes with potato salad. George Turbo is here if you need to talk. George Turbo is Netflix and chill. Spoiler alert: George Turbo.

TFW: What are you looking forward to drinking this fall? Can we get one recipe?

AP: There are more seasonal flavors and ingredients in our upcoming fall menu than ever before. We're taking a shaken bias so expect big, gratuitous flavors from drinks coming out of a tin. Stirred drinks are going to be a little more nuanced, but still feature complex flavor profiles.

Here is a beautiful and moderately simple recipe from Aaron:

Skylark
1.5 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Becherovka
.5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
4 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.  Garnish with Star Anise.


Salon Prices

On a serious note, we've all been so grateful for your support at the salon. We understand our success in Tulsa is because you've trusted us to provide a sincere service and thoughtful experience. It will always be our goal to continue pushing ourselves to deliver the unexpected.

All of that being said, it is time for us to raise our prices. From the price of our products increasing, to growing our staff to better accommodate you, it is costing us more to continue to provide an elevated service experience. Also, a little raise now and again never hurts.

You can find a detailed breakdown of our new prices on our website at thefirstwardstudio.com.


When You Wish Upon A Star...

Just like Walt Disney always preached, dreams really do come true. 

November 1st, "Hygge", our retail store, will open just below the salon on 1st St. With a concept inspired by our recent trip to Europe, we are creating a holiday pop-up shop featuring beautiful and useful objects. We are super excited to share more details soon.

Sweet dreams!

- James + The First Wardens

 

 

Summa-Summa-Summatime

Time to Sit Back and Unwind

Congratulations. You survived Travis Meyer's Wicked Weather. We hope your basement is less flooded than James and Jessicas. In this issue we talk Tulsa Tough, Krystle's Intrepid Lifestyle, and more cocktails than you can shake a muddler at.  


Are You Tulsa Tuff?

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Tulsa Tough Cycling June 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Our favorite holiday is upon us. It's time for Tulsa Tough! We will be hosting our 4th Annual Friday night TT party on June 12th. Please join us at the salon from 5-10 to cheer on the cyclists from our air conditioned perch, while you enjoy a cocktail and entertainment provided by us!  We will have a door person making sure we don't blow by capacity this year, so show up early, or late, or whatever…we'll be too busy spilling drinks on the crowd below to notice what's going on in here. 

Also, we will be offering a 10% discount to those of you that ride your bikes to the salon in June. We have plenty of room to store those bikes, so you can bring them upstairs with you, or chain them up on the sidewalk.


Krystle Went to Canada

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Krystle Canada June 2015

Krystle was on a pretty sweet vacay last month. When she got back to work, she was all glowing and shit, so we thought we'd pick her brain to see what she did on her days off and how that makes her work better. Here's a little interview for you to enjoy.

TFW - What were some highlights from your trip?

KM - Vancouver has one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. The street is covered in brilliant colors and there are tons of unique markets and restaurants to check out. My personal favorite was a Chinese brasserie called Bao Bei (meaning "precious"). It is not the most traditional approach to Chinese cuisine, but they have great dumplings, stiff cocktails, and they teach you useful Chinese phrases such as "it's not you, it's me" or "you are my baby." 

I'd also recommend taking the ferry to Vancouver Island, which is rich in lush gardens, fresh seafood, and great whisky. We were hosted by a couple named Tom and Rosie in Quallicum Beach. Tom created these nut shaped homes that suspend from the tops of mature cedar and fir trees. When I asked Tom how he came up with the idea, he humbly replied "It's just something that I couldn't get out of my head." You're an inspiration to us all, Tom! 

www.freespiritspheres.com
www.bao-bei.ca

FW - What regional trends did you notice? 

KM - People are more active in the northwest so most hairstyles are worn natural and are conducive to one's lifestyle. Highlights were subtle from the sun, curls from moisture in the air, and it's not uncommon to see a woman let her hair dry on her walk to work. I am ALL about this. We should have easier styles that work with our elements and natural hair so that we have more time doing things that we love. Hello! 

TFW - How do your travels influence your work?

KM - I am inspired by the colors in a desert sunset, Canadians being suspiciously nice, and the way someone's culture, religion, or environment can influence their personal style. Then, I apply it to my work/life in whatever positive way I can. Traveling has changed the way I relate to others by keeping me open minded and Stefan Sagmeister says it adds on years to your life. ;)

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Krystle Canada June 2015

Goodbye Bumbo, Hello Everything!

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Lake Drinks Cocktails June 2015

It's no secret that we've been busy little bees at the salon, so in honor of our summer fantasies we've decided to dive head first into "Lake Cocktails" this season. It was impossible to narrow this down to just one drink, so we have three: the Paloma - a tequila drink with all the flavor of a margarita and none of the ego, the Tinto de Verano - sangria's bastard child, and the Jack Rudy G&T - like a normal Gin and Tonic, but way better. These simple and delicious drinks will make you want to do donuts on your jet skis. 

 

Research and Development

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Travel Vacation June 2015

James and Jessica will be out of the salon doing "research" July 14th - July 24th. We promise to come back refreshed, inspired and ready to work. The schedule is already getting full, so if you know you'll be wanting an appointment around these dates, we recommend booking very soon. 

Payal Luthra Trunk Show

Join us for the Payal Luthra trunk show November 15.
 

Come by Saturday, November 15 between 3-7 for drinks and snacks, then shop for your new favorite scarf. 


We became fast friends with Payal a few years back, after bonding over a great conversation about our mutual obsessive attention to detail (Payal received her Masters in Design from Harvard University) and overwhelming love of all mammals. Then we fell in love with her cashmere neckware designs. We are very excited to share them with you all.

Below are a few shots Jessica was able to sneak in during Payal's lookbook photoshoot she worked on in NYC last weekend.

www.payalluthra.com

Email info@thefirstwardstudio.com or call the salon at (918)770-8908 by November 8 to RSVP.


The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Gift Certificates November 2014

The holidays are quickly approaching and this year we had these beautiful gift cards made. Grab one for everyone on your list. You can even get a few extra for random strangers you meet. You could be the Oprah of haircuts!

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Brooklyn NYC Breakfast Pizza November 2014

Here is the Breakfast Pizza with spinach, ricotta, roasted garlic and lemon zest that Jessica won't stop talking about. If you find your way to Greenpoint, NY you should definitely check out Park Luncheonette