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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

We're Fall-ing So Hard

It's October, Boo!

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Sunset October 2015

Here marks the beginning of the end…of the year. Our busiest season. We're all ready to embrace the craziness, but for now why don't you just loosen your belt a little while you sneak into some of that Halloween candy and enjoy a good read here.

  This month, we talk to our friend Mike Wozniak who is doing great things for our city. Then we introduce everyone this chick Audrey who kept showing up at the salon until we hired her. Finally, we shamelessly promote our new retail shop Hygge. 


Pony Tails

Soundpony, Tulsa's finest airport bar. Circa 200

Soundpony, Tulsa's finest airport bar. Circa 200

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Soundpony Mike Wozniak October 2015

Cyclist, fashion icon, mentor, actor and startender at the best bicycle bar in America, Mike Wozniak is many things to many people. We consider him a dear friend of the salon and always an interesting human being. This month we sat dawn and discussed Emerson Bike Club, Cry Baby Hill, and what a little bar can become. 

The First Ward - Why bikes?

Mike Wozniak - I have always loved bikes! The story is my car broke down about 15 years and I decided to get a new bike instead of a car. I began riding to work everyday and started this great relationship with my bicycle.  I have grown to love and respect the beautiful simplicity of the bicycle and its power.  The compliment of circles and triangles made quite the invention!  There are so many positive health benefits and visceral experiences that I have gained from riding a bike. 

TFW - We seriously admire your involvement with the community, from working with the city on cycling, to starting the Bike Club at Emerson Elementary. Is your focus on health, or something else?

MW - Emerson and the Soundpony are in the same neighborhood.  It was a great opportunity for our business to build a community relationship with Tulsa Public Schools.  I believe health is one of the main focuses of our club, but being a partner in the community and building relationships is our main goal. Bikes were the connection.

TFW - The Soundpony recently celebrated her 10th birthday. Whoa! Your bar has made a real impact on the culture of downtown Tulsa. What's next?

MW - Thank you for the sweet compliment!  It is amazing to look back on the past 9+ years of the Soundpony. We have also have owned a building at Archer and Quanah for around 5 years.  The building is nestled between Crosby Heights and Owen Park.  We have been resistant to develop it due to city zoning. They would most likely require us to construct a parking lot.  If we had our choice, we would rather not do that.  However, it looks like the zoning will be changed around the first of the year and we can begin the process of building a new business. Our vision is to bring something to support the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Soundpony continually works hard to build our brand. I have really enjoyed the marketing aspect of the business, it has been a pleasant surprise!

TFW - Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember you and friends starting the first Cry Baby Hill at Tulsa Tough. We think a lot of people would agree this is one of the best parties of the year. What is one thing you love about that day and what is one thing you would change?

MW - Tulsa Tough has become the heart of U.S. cycling all because of one special weekend in June. The sport of cycling is growing in our country as well as racing. People from all over the country come to Tulsa that weekend to race, ride, and party!  Promoters come from all over to experience Cry Baby Hill for themselves.  The worst part of the Hill is people not respecting the racers and the course.  I never want the organic nature of Cry Baby Hill to change, it is what makes it special.  

TFW - Who are we?

MW - Duh! Soundpony!


Hygge

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Hygge Pop-Up Shop October 2015

As many of you know, we've had our eyes on the space below us for a while. Well, we finally got the keys on October 1st. We do have permanent plans for the space, but that won't be happening for some time. Until then, we will be hosting a series of shops and other happenings. The first of which will be Hygge (pronounced heu-gah), our pop-up market in November and December. 

  Hygge is a term we first learned about during our time in Denmark (sorry, you will be hearing about this trip for years to come). There isn't a singular definition we could narrow down, but rather a feeling the word conveys. Ultimately, we understood it to mean comfortable and cozy. When researching other definitions, a personal favorite of ours was "you know, watching CSI in bed with a hot cup of coffee." 

  The shop will be filled with things we consider Hygge. Everything from handmade ceramics to beautiful textiles and even some of our favorite products that give The First Ward its relaxed vibe. Hygge is a place to buy a gift for a loved one or a little something for yourself. We will be doing our best to keep Tulsa cozy through the holidays. 

Follow Hygge online for updates:
shophygge.com, @shop_hygge, Facebook


Newbie

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Audrey Thomas Stylist October 2015

 You'll be seeing some fresh faces around the salon. One of which is our new friend and stylist, Audrey Thomas. She's nice (you know we like that), talented, inspired, and humble. 

  Audrey loves continuing education, so we'll be taking models for balayage and all types of haircuts for classes at the salon. Email us at info@thefirstwardstudio.com if you're up for being a model at one of our classes (which will be held on Tuesdays over the next few months). A product fee of $20-$40 will apply, depending on the service provided. 


Holiday Hair Don'ts

October seems like a good time to remind everyone that the busiest season at the salon is upon us. We've always been happy to accommodate last-minute appointments and reschedules as much as possible, but since the salon is near capacity now, we strongly recommend that you go ahead and schedule out for the rest of the year. We'll always do what we can to help you out in a pinch, but it may be a bit harder for us this year than it has been in the past. We'll all be happier for this and we promise to have some particularly delicious holiday drinks on hand for you this year. Maybe even Hot Buttered Rum...

Cheers!
- The First Ward Brain Trust

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

 

 

Bonjour from The First Ward

August: Tulsa County

OK. Here we are. You made it to August in one piece. It's time to stop worrying about getting that body 'bikini ready' and start looking up those holiday cookie recipes. This month we recap the First Ward eurotrip, unveil a new product line we will be carrying this fall and finally introduce our latest addition to the First Ward team (please, Sarah, don't leave us). 


The First Ward's European Vacation

It's been a busy summer here at the salon, but James + Jessica managed to sneak off to Copenhagen and Paris for a well-deserved getaway. We obviously had a million questions about the trip and demanded a full play-by-play. We also thought we'd get some more interesting info if our two travelers interviewed each other about their shared experience.

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Copenhagen August 2015

Jessica (JB): France or Denmark?
James (JS): France, by a nose. (Get it?) 

JS: Favorite night in Paris and favorite night in Denmark?
JB: Denmark - that walk through Christiania on the way to Noma (best restaurant experience of my life), followed by hanging out at the Eiffel Tower bar. Paris - Our last night, meeting up with the McCreadys, drinking too much rosé, and making new friends that we'll meet up with in Bali next year. 

JB: Do you find women in Copenhagen or Paris sexier?
JS: Loaded question. Copenhagen women are naturally gifted and beautiful. Parisian women have more style and attitude. I prefer, well, you, but if I have to answer, I prefer Parisian women. 

JS: If you could import anything to Tulsa from the trip, what would it be?
JB: You know that foie gras TSA confiscated? Yeah, I'd import that. 

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Copenhagen NOMA August 2015
The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog France August 2015

David Mallett, Our Spirit Animal

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog David Mallett Paris France August 2015

Long before The First Ward was conceived, Jessica + James dreamed of having a cozy studio space to lounge in with clients, while sipping drinks, talking philosophy and playing with beautiful hair. Turns out, this fantasy already existed at David Mallett in Paris. Naturally, Jessica had to visit this space on their recent explorations. She absolutely fell in love with their line of products…so much so that for the first time in over ten years we've decided to retail a second line of haircare.

This beautiful and simple line consists of seven products that make your hair feel like it's your best hair day ever. In addition to being formulated by truly one of the greatest chemists in the industry (developer for Hermès, Kenzo, l'Aritsan, etc), the fragrances were developed by one of our favorites, Emmanuel Philip (Cire Trudon, Boucheron, Louis Vuitton, etc).

Be on the lookout for another upcoming Instagram Giveaway (@thefirstward). You know we aren't big product pushers, but we really can't wait for you to fall in love with these goodies as much as we have.


Our new secret weapon, Sarah Sullivan

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Sullystring Weaving West Elm August 2015

A few months ago, we caught our friend Sarah off guard by asking her to join our workforce. Sarah possessed a skill set of seemingly intangible traits that our team was lacking. Since she joined us, we've felt like we're on a rocket ship to who-knows-where. It feels awesome! Thanks for all your hard work and keeping us organized, Sarah!

Starting August 7th (for one weekend only), Sarah will be a featured artist at West Elm in Utica Square. We absolutely recommend stopping in there to see her sweet weavings. To see more of what she offers, you can find her on Etsy (SULLYSTRING) and Instagram (@polkadotsulli). 


Krystle + The Land of Bjork

All we know about Iceland is that it is greener than Greenland. Luckily, our own Krystle Morris will be there from August 30-September 9th to get us some more information. If you know you'll be wanting an appointment around these days, we suggest booking ASAP. 

TFW in July, the Coolest Place Downtown

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

Wendy and Mr. Coppola. No big deal.

Wendy and Mr. Coppola. No big deal.

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

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

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!

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Photo Shoot July 2015

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.