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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. 

A-MAY-ZING

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

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Amy Farid May 2015

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: 

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Amy Farid Style May 2015

Makeover Day

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Makeover Day May 2015

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!

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Pinterest May 2015

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

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Team Lime-a-Ritas May 2015

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: 

June 13
July 4
July 18
August 1
August 15
August 29

Thanks for understanding, we will see you at the park or something.

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.

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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