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 First Ward is always up to something. Stay up to date with news from our blog, including local Tulsa highlights, hair tips, and tales from our #tfwadventures.
2017: A SALON ODYSSEY
Hey, hairbangers. What a year that was. 2016 was pretty good to our little salon. So good, in fact, that we forgot to tell you anything about it. In case you're curious, here are some photos that tell you everything you need to know:
We are keeping the momentum going straight into 2017 and look forward to sharing what we're up to. Stay tuned in the coming months. The First Ward is going to have our most surprising, exciting, and controversial year yet...oh, wait...that's this season of The Bachelor. But really, we're going to have giveaways, parties, surprise guests, and someone is opening a new business downstairs. On top of that, we've been working on hair education that's sending us over the moon!
JAMES AND JESSICA DIP BENEATH LASERS
It's pretty well-known that we like to throw a party, we love lasers, and Jessica loves 90s techno. With that in mind, the Day for Night festival in Houston was clearly our party mecca, and we had to make our pilgrimage. So Jessica and James took one for the team and gathered a few tricks to put in our back pocket for future parties. Day for Night is an immersive music and art festival, showcasing mind-blowing acts from around the globe. We're still in awe of how incredible this fest was. Who wants to join us for Day for Night 3 in December 2017?
REMINDER: Jessica is going to be out of the salon from January 20th-February 14th. If you need an appointment during those dates, we can happily schedule you with another stylist or find JB's soonest availability.
Cheers to the new year!
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 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 Aaron Post Post
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:
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.
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.
- James + The First Wardens
Are You Having a Great Summer? Don't July to Me!
The rain is gone, the swimsuits are out, and it's full blast summer funtimes. We are ready to kick back, so don't judge us when you see us at Magic Mike XXL. This month we have an interview with a special client, a shout out to our Tulsa Tough friends and a super early preview of a photo project we're working on.
Meet Wendy Garrett, Creative Powerhouse
This month we would like to introduce you to a special client at The First Ward. When Wendy comes in for a haircut it always seems to end with us siting in a circle bouncing a thousand ideas around and feeling like we can take over the world. Wendy has worked on Broadway, in television and film production, and as a Walt Disney Imagineer (!) After a circuitous journey, Wendy now calls Tulsa home and we are so glad she does. Jessica did a quick interview with Wendy so that we can share with you some of the creative fuel that she gives when she comes to see us.
Jessica: When you're in for an appointment, I love that we talk about so many types of projects. How do you know if an Idea is any good?
Wendy: I like to bounce ideas off of a variety of people with different interests. When an idea gets a positive response from a large percentage of folks… I feel better about it’s success to speak to enough of an audience to make it worth the effort. I also like to talk about a variety of ideas in the hopes that those “mini brainstorms” might connect the ideas in ways that I can’t see on my own. With all that said, I do think it is equally important to fail, just fail small and early. So if I’m really passionate about an idea, I might put together a mini version to “play-test". Play-testing is something we did at Imagineering quite a lot. We would work on a project/new technology or creative idea for about 6 months to a year, then invite a limited audience to view it and give us honest feedback. The honest feedback part is really important, we didn't allow ourselves to “fall in love” with any idea. We believed to be truly collaborative the idea must still be malleable, it must be able to change and form into a better idea or you are wasting valuable collaboration time.
J: Where do you go in Oklahoma when you are looking for some inspiration?
W: I like to go to the coffee shops around town. I feel a certain entrepreneurial energy there. There are all these folks either meeting for the first time or working on a project… sipping coffee and sharing. There is a certain excitement and optimism in the air. I also, love my office area. We have a co working environment in the Kendall Whittier area and the feeling there is very inspiring for me. It reminds me of some small areas of New York before they got discovered. Artists and Innovators can afford to be there, so some really cool stuff is being created behind those walls. It’s a little forgotten and undiscovered… so the canvas is ours.
J: How is the creative process working here different than it was while working with Disney?
W: With Disney each of us was a specialist in our own area, so we had many people on projects and would work on many projects at the same time. I would have up to 30 projects I was working on at one time. On my own, I need to wear a lot more hats, which I enjoy. It has allowed me to be a student again and learn some new skills.
I try to model my creative process off of what I learned at Disney and what Ed Catmull taught us from Pixar. Couple of important points that I try and remind myself of when working are: (1) It’s important to fail (2) Development and creative follow a process, but you can get out of order sometimes and that’s okay, just get back to the process as soon as possible to make it to the end. But remember that getting the process right is not the goal, getting the idea or product right is. (3) Address all problems and challenges when they come up, don’t push them to the side or deal with them later. (4) No one person on the team should have more authority than the rest, I believe in a true collaboration that all folks must feel like their voice is heard and valued. If someone or group of folks is controlling too much of the idea then the idea suffers. (5) Do post mortems right away - 5 Good and 5 Bad. (6) Lastly, do the hard stuff first, then the rest of your day can be less stressful.
J: You know I'm a major Disney nerd. How can I get my other dream job as an Imagineer?
W: I would say, studying engineering in school and apply. I am always encouraging students to pick Engineering…. I know so many smart folks with theater backgrounds and engineering educations that are doing amazing things at Disney…. Imagineering is always looking for smart folks… it’s never too late.
Still the Best Weekend in Tulsa
Another Tulsa Tough bites the dust and still no one has fallen out a window. We want to give a huge shout out to everyone for helping us host our favorite party of the year.
Thank you to: our secret weapon Sarah Sullivan for the creation of our eternal bronze medal winning imaginary athletic team, May Yang for our new #firstwardwalls, Andrew Harmon for those lights that gave so many ptsd, Whiskey Business for getting us all drunk, Tanner and Sarah for not leaving when the ice ran out, Julian for keeping the weirdos out and everyone that played with us that night.
Can You Put a Price on Beauty?
The time has come for The First Ward stylists to get a raise! We are implementing a small price increase on September 1st. Recently, our product cost has risen. You'll also notice more support staff at the salon to better accommodate clients. The new prices will be posted on the website under 'Services'. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call and ask. Now, let's get back to enjoying this summer!
We are Making Stuff!
Recently, our good friend and rad photographer Adam Murphy approached us about collaborating on a lookbook. I think the best place to start on a project like this is ask yourself "what's the point of this?". Answering that was the easy part. We'd love to share our ideas about what makes a person beautiful and be able to express our philosophy about hair through a photo series.
Now, as we are heading into this process, we wanted to invite you to follow along. You can see where we're drawing inspiration from on our 1970s pinterest mood board and you will see our daily surrounding inspiration on instagram. Yes, the 70s are trending right now, but I assure you that James + Jessica have been have been pulling inspiration from that era since before they used to make out while listening to their favorite Heart album, Dreamboat Annie.
It's May! Like, whoa!
Spring is blowing by and we are barely hanging on for the ride. Deepak Chopra once told us all about abundance and energy and stuff. These last few months have been so packed we can put down our self help books and just get to work.
Anyway, this month we tell you about our makeover party, an awesome class by Amy Farid and that we finally jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon.
Amy Farid Blew Our Minds
Last Monday our newest bff, Amy Farid, came by the salon to teach us a thang or two about styling. Amy is responsible for creating looks for Free People, Hood By Air, countless fashion mags, etc. When she's not flying around the world to style beauties on the beach, Amy also works at Suite Caroline in SoHo.
Amy spent a very long day showing us exactly how to achieve certain runway looks and generally improved our understanding of what it takes to achieve those editorial styles. Her generosity and patience were equally as inspiring as the talent she exhibits behind the chair. Seriously, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from someone who actually does the work that we admire from afar and we are super grateful she came to The First Ward to share with us.
We've learned that these styling muscles need to be nourished and excercised consistently. Call or email us if you'd let us practice our crokinole curl sets on you.
Check out a few finished looks that we we created with Amy:
What began as a stir-crazy day in January transformed into a full fledged event at the beginning of April. We had seven deserving women come to the salon on a Sunday and, with the help of some friends, created an awesome day for them.
We'll be posting more photos, along with the stories that made us choose these ladies on our Instagram account. If you don't already, follow us @thefirstward.
Huge thanks to everyone who helped us make magic -
Spa Southern Hills brought an impressive setup and pampered all of the girls with foot and hand massages while their color was processing.
Chimera catered in a delicious off-menu lunch for everyone involved in the event. They were so quick and helpful that I never even saw Rob to thank him. So, thanks Rob.
Vintage 1740 provided the oh-so-important champagne. Always a key ingredient when trying to talk some ladies into letting us completely chopping their hair.
This Land Press donated a killer tote bag and free subscription to their new Quarterly Mag for the makeover recipients.
Our product distributor, Modern Salon Services, helped load those totes with Davines shampoo, conditioner, and product to maintain those fresh 'dos at home.
Sara Westover heard what we were doing and volunteered to create a special painting for each person. What an awesome final touch.
Last, but not least, Cheyenne Butcher was on-site all day working hard to photograph all the goings on.
Oh, hey! We're on Pinterest!
Cheyenne has been pinning her brains out for the last few weeks and we are happy to announce our Pinterest account is up and running. She has tons of rad boards going already, with more in the works. Now you can see what we're talking about before we start working on your new looks.
See what she has been up to at: www.pinterest.com/thefirstward
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Look, we are going to bust our asses during the holidays (actually, most of the year), so we are taking a few Saturdays off this summer to play, or just be lazy. Whatever we decide to do with our time off, we swear you'll have better hair because of it. We will be closed the following Saturdays:
Thanks for understanding, we will see you at the park or something.