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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

Yelp! In the Name of Love

The First Ward / Yelp / Sarah Morgan Interview 2016

Maybe we're biased, but we think our clients are the nicest people we know. Everyday we are spoiled with great conversation, business ideas, and the chance to just hang out with whomever is sitting in our chairs. Fortunately for us, many of you have proved that the love is mutual via online reviews. And while we wish we could give every reviewer five stars and seven minutes in heaven, we have to first and foremost thank Sarah Morgan, a.k.a. the woman who introduced Tulsa to Yelp.

The First Ward / Yelp Tulsa / Sarah Morgan Interview 2016

For those who don't know, Yelp is a user-based local business review and social networking website. Sarah is Yelp Tulsa's Community Manager and the #1 cheerleader for all things Tulsa.  As a small business, we weren't sure how we could use the site to our advantage until Sarah showed us the light. In our opening year, Sarah hosted a Yelp Elite party to help promote the salon, and this year nominated The First Ward to represent Tulsa at a national conference. Now, we are officially convinced that Yelp is an incredibly useful tool for building the business of your dreams. Thanks, Sarah!

Though she has helped the salon tremendously, our appreciation for Sarah Morgan is not strictly professional. Sarah's infectious personality is welcome any day at The First Ward. She always comes armed with theatrical life updates and announcements, often in the form of family dance videos and photos of baby Forrester in costume (tip: you probably want to get on her Christmas card mailing list). The more you get to know her, the more you realize Sarah is absolutely the best person for her job. That's why, without further ado, we decided to ask her a couple questions and have our cutest interview to date. 


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1. Congratulations on being named one of Tulsa's Top 40 under 40 in 2016. Most Tulsans know you from Yelp, but your involvement with the community started long before that. What's your story?

Shuuucks you guys! Thanks! I feel like there are 4,000 people deserving of the award.

I grew up(ish) as the spawn of an Air Force family so I bopped around a lot before landing around San Antonio for high school. On a leap of faith, with no friends or family in Oklahoma, I decided to go to OU for undergrad. There’s so much opportunity to get involved in Oklahoma and it just felt exciting. After graduating I stayed in Norman / worked in OKC for a couple of years then got married to a bodacious dude who was going to more school in Tulsa, so that’s how we landed here 5 years ago – again, not knowing a soul.

Tulsa has served up a whole lotta life in such a short time. I’ve been challenged and grown with varied experiences which led me to what I’ll call my ‘career’ of starting the Yelp Tulsa community three years ago. How did it start? Well, at one of my Tulsa jobs at the Jazz Hall of Fame there was a pop-up Buffalo Lounge venue (through the Oklahoma Film & Music office) where I met some of my best friends and mentors. I stalked and followed to help them with their SXSW showcases for a few years and poof: my world was forever better.

The First Ward / Yelp / Sarah Morgan Interview 2016

2. Yelp gives a voice to small, hard-working businesses, and we have benefited greatly from having this platform available in Tulsa. Why do you think Yelp is so important for our community?

Golly, I could gush over the Yelp Tulsa community for a long time. There are so many different ways to use Yelp. Yelpers can gush about everything on the site – from spas, dog groomers, restaurants, rad events like Tulsa Tough & Oktoberfest to their apartment complexes. And of course, business owners can join the conversation through their free business tools over at biz.yelp.com.

Having this platform is so important for Yelpers and businesses alike. Going into a city and being able to pull up the app and know what the locals know in an instant makes life so much more fun wherever you are! Everyone should also check out yelp.com/elite. This community of solid active Yelpers get access to exclusive events to learn more about businesses in the city they love! Check out this turbo-rad event...

Yelp Tulsa also nominated The First Ward to rep at Yelp HQ in San Francisco last fall for being a bad-ass biz at Yelp’s Coast to Coast Summit and Jessica Bond made Tulsa look 5-star sexy.

3. You have a front-row seat to what's new in Tulsa. What trends have you noticed and what do you think is here to stay? 

I’m totally not just saying this because I’m talking to you guys… but mad hot sauce in Tulsa’s bag kind of swag style thanks to YOU GUYSSS! The First Ward keeps me out of my mom jeans (or tells me when to put them on). Also, Yelpers are into all of the ways Tulsa is making workouts fun and more of an experience! From glow ride cycle classes to rooftop and aerial yoga to trampoline parks – Yelpers are getting fit!

4. Your husband Colin is also a client of ours, and you two have one of our favorite love stories. Can you remind us how you met? 

I am head over heels and all the heart eye emojis freaking in-love with Colin Morgan. Obviously, I’m pretty openly awkward so bear with me on this one…

Open scene: Sarah: Hi Colin! Nice to meat you. Oh, you’re playing Wii bowling? That’s cool. I
(accidentally) broke my mom’s 5 pound dog’s jaw once when I was playing that.
Close scene.

Open scene: (Sarah is making mixed tapes with a mutual friend/roommate of Colin’s – Mark. Another roommate is banging on Colin’s door to come out – Brian.)
Mark: (When Colin comes out looking dapper) Uhhhh… I gotta go. But you two stay here and talk. (Colin sits by an unshowered, probably stinky Sarah.)
Colin starts getting to know Sarah.
Sarah thinks to herself “Erm… Is this guy hitting on me?! No way. He’s way outta mah league.”
Close scene.

Open scene: Sarah & Colin start hanging out/making out. After first small kiss, Sarah leaves little hershey’s kisses on his car with a note “Your kisses are really sweet.” (Guuuuuuu I KNOW!!!)
Sarah slips Colin the tongue in the next kiss. Sarah then leaves one of those big hershey kisses on his car.
Colin doesn’t get it. The big kisses cease as Colin doesn’t think (still to this day) Sarah slipped him the tongue. Sarah is mortified (is she that bad of a kisser?!). Now when any kisses come about she gives a quick peck on the lips then turns away. Colin begins to think she’s over him. 
Close scene.

The First Ward / Yelp / Sarah Morgan Interview 2016

Open scene: Sarah thinks it’s time to have their DTR. She invites him in her apartment basement (which only had 6 ft. ceilings so Colin has to duck every time he comes in).
Sarah: Hey… if we were a book, what page would we be on? 
Colin: (Looks in Sarah’s eyes and says a bunch of things…) Is that OK?
Sarah: Ya! (Sarah got so nervous, she blacked out. Has no idea if they are together for another 2 months.) 
Close scene.

Open scene: Next DTR Colin brings up on April Fool’s Day.

(More wishy-washy and awkward stories.)

Open Scene: They get married!
Close scene.

Open Scene: They get pregnant! 
Close scene.

Open Scene: They have a Mister Baby (who is now also a client of Krystle’s.) 
Close scene.

Open Scene: Colin has busted the butt of 5 nice pants at weddings dancing together (including his own).  Sarah has lost 8 toenails from dancing together. 
Close scene.

5. One of our favorite reviews is from a mysterious guy named "Carl S." Can you introduce us? We want to interview him next. 

Carl. Man’s got wicked sweet writing style. Let’s coin the phrase: “Yelp Crush on fleek!” (Is that how you use ‘on fleek?’)

A Lamber-ton of Fun

Until recently, a strange video on The First Ward's Instagram account held the record for 'most likes' by a landslide. We know James is the cute guy to look at around here, but we think it was the production and direction by Jeremy Lamberton that made all of your little fingers do that double-tapping. 

Jeremy gets us...and he happens to be one of our favorite collaborators, animal wranglers, and friend to boot. Read along to get a bit more insight into what makes this die-hard Tulsan tick.

The First Ward / Tulsa Overground Interview 2016

Give us the elevator pitch for Tulsa Overground. What is it and why should people attend?

Tulsa Overground’s mission is to entertain, educate, challenge, inspire and unite Tulsans through the arts. This year the festival takes place March 24-27. We’re now both a film and music festival so we’ll have movies and bands playing simultaneously all weekend long at multiple venues. We’ve also expanded our program to include cutting edge virtual reality experiences, a video art gallery, a Mazeppa tribute and a big, special presentation from Crispin Glover. He’s also staying for the entire festival so don’t be surprised if you see him walking around the streets of downtown Tulsa. As usual there will be huge after parties and lots of special guest entertainers sprinkled throughout. 

Go to tulsaoverground.com for tickets and schedule. 

Congratulations! You have been a client of Jessica’s longer than anyone else. Why?

Jessica always delivers, with her scissors! I’ve been her client for 18 years now, we were both teenagers when she started cutting my hair. I’ve always thought of her as an artist. She's so talented. Jessica used to call me her most high maintenance client. But I’ve mellowed out since my hair started thinning.
   The only person to cut my hair before Jessica was a lady named Cheryl. Her salon was in a strip mall next to a Bill & Ruth’s. I used to have a gap between my front teeth and she told me it meant I was good in bed—she had a gap too. She would rub her boobs against my head sometimes and my hair cuts were always asymmetrical, I think because she was slightly cross-eyed. So needless to say, I was looking for a change. And from the first appointment Jessica treated me like a friend. She always had a cool, distinct sense of style. Now James and Jessica are like family. It’s all about the love! 

We think about hair all day long, but it turns out you do too. You even did an entire photo series about wigs in action. Are you obsessed?

Maybe. The photography started when my grandmother died and I found a chest full of old lady wigs and started incorporating them into a lot of my work. I just liked the way a wig looked when it sitting on the floor, hanging from a wall or dangling from a string. At the time of the wig series I was into photographing inanimate objects like people… This was back in college. I ended up giving my favorite print to Jessica. It was a shower scene. 

You had the smallest mini-donkeys in the region. You had some of the best racing pigeons in the world. And you have a dog with human eyes. Can you talk to animals?

Not like my brother Jeff. He has a uncommon gift for animal husbandry. He is one of the top racing pigeons fanciers in the USA and his legend is growing. But yes, we did used to have 23 miniature donkeys. I never had to mow the lawn or fertilize. 

If you could cast and direct the biopic of The First Ward, who would play us?

Who’s the actor that played E.T.? That guy.

The First Ward / Tulsa Overground Interview 2016

The First Ward / Tulsa Overground Interview 2016

In honor of our love for Jeremy, film, music, and anytime Tulsa wants to get weird, The First Ward will giveaway two Everything Passes to Tulsa Overground. To enter: Post a photo on Instagram and tell us about the strangest film you've ever seen. Make sure you tag @thefirstward, @tulsaoverground, and #TFWoverground or else we won't see it (and you won't win). This is a prize valued at $100, so make sure you show us something good! We'll pick our winner Thursday, March 24th.