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.
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Truth be told, Krystle going platinum blonde the same day as the Total Eclipse was a Total Coincidence. But we saw those stars aligning and couldn't deny the cosmic fate of this epic transformation. There was a slight possibility that this whole thing could turn Krystle into a superhero, so we had to shoot for the moon.
Solar phenomena aside, we thought this would also be a good time to talk about the blonde ambition that is sweeping the nation. Everybody's trying to be a Targaryen, but do you have what it takes? You may just be crazy enough. Before you decide to take the platinum plunge, take a step back and read through our most frequently-asked questions about going blonde.
What is the best case scenario for going blonde?
Virgin, uncolored, untreated hair about the collar bone. Even a client with ideal hair won’t get there in one go. Best case is really just someone willing to put in the time.
What is the worst case scenario (i.e. basically impossible)?
Ultra-long hair that’s been colored multiple times and doesn’t want to lose any length. Especially with dark or red dye. Even if you haven’t colored your hair in a long time, it’s still in the hair and can affect the process.
Do different types of hair bleach differently?
Yes. It depends on hair texture, type, and background. Course hair is the most difficult.
How much time should a client expect for the total process?
8-9 hours if you want to be truly platinum and have the time to knock it out in one day. Usually that’s broken into multiple days, with a toner in between appointments so you're not walking around with baby chicken hair.
How does the process (specifically bleach and toner) work?
Bleaching exposes your natural underlying pigment, typically something very yellow. Toner counteracts that and brings cooler tones into your hair. Bleach doesn’t fade, but the toner will fade in a matter of weeks. However, with the right home maintenance, you can keep your hair from looking too warm until your next appointment.
How will this be priced?
With something like this, we charge by the hour not the process. Our stylists charge $80-100/hr.
How should the client prepare their hair before their appointment?
Do not show up with freshly-washed hair. The process of shampooing is abrasive, and bleach irritates the scalp enough already. Take some Advil if you have a low pain tolerance. Also, fun fact: the more stressed-out you are, the more likely your scalp will feel irritated (lots of blood pumping through your system). So take it easy, bring a good book, and have a glass of wine on us - but not if you have taken ibuprofen. Dr. James's orders.
Should a client expect to cut off a decent amount of hair due to damage?
Not necessarily, but being open to cutting is advisable. We do our best to preserve the condition of your hair, but sometimes that requires scissors.
How will their hair change in texture?
The hair starts to feel a little spongy. It gets rough and dry and loses some vitality. Bleach can make straight hair turn wavy and wavy hair turn straight, but it’ll be fuzzier regardless. Some clients with fine hair love getting a little extra body.
How will that affect styling + washing?
Your hair will take longer to dry. You’ll want to baby it. Expect your dry time to take quite a bit longer.
How often should a fresh blonde wash their hair?
Depends on your hair, but less often than they did before the process. The more you wash it, the more your tone will fade.
What products do you suggest for ideal maintenance?
Davines Alchemic Silver conditioner (to keep the yellow from creeping in). Nourishing Shampoo + Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner. Olaplex treatment.
Once desired color is achieved, when should a client schedule their follow-up appointments? Why is that?
If you are serious about maintaining super platinum, come in every 3-5 weeks. Even if you like a dark rooty look, it can create extra steps but requires the same amount of time.
What will a follow-up appointment consist of and how long will it last?
Depending on how dark your hair is and how frequently you come in, the process could be a simple root-touch up and toner. Certain circumstances may require a full double-process again. This would be less than the first appointment, but still 3-5 hours.
If you have more questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Each head of hair is different from the next, so schedule a consultation and talk it out with your stylist. Come with some ideas, but an open mind. Be realistic with reference photos - those Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton ads are heavily filtered. But by the power vested in TFW, we believe there's a blonde out there for everyone.
In case you need a second opinion, here are some great articles about the big, blonde truth:
Into The Gloss: My Double Process
Cosmopolitan: What It's Really Like to Go Platinum
Here's How to Go Platinum Blonde Without Destroying Your Hair
Each year we see a lot of trends come and go, which always begs the question: What do we want to see in the world of hair? In a word, MORE. Whatever your hair does naturally, we want to take it to the next level. Let your curls go wild. Give those stick-straight locks the sharpest blunt cut. We're talking strong shapes and textures amplified all the way to 11. We want to make our clients feel powerful and romantic at the same time, all in the most effortless way. It's probably better if we just show you, so check out the Pinterest board we made HERE.
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.
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.
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.
Well the holidays were a long time ago, and the weather seems to be telling us to go into hibernation. As usual, we're doing the opposite of what we should. Instead, we've been going a mile a minute and taking care of business. Last year surpassed all of our expectations, and we're doing all we can to make sure 2016 is even better.
Here is a little thank you note to anyone you shopped at our pop-up, a potential business opportunity for you, and some tips if you decided to change your hair this year.
Hygge Thanks You
Before we truly dive into the new year, we want to thank anyone who visited our Hygge Pop-Up Shop. We had a hell of a good time spending the holidays with you and connecting Tulsa with some of our favorite designers. The shop was definitely an experiment for us, and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. More than anything, we learned just how much potential there is in Downtown Tulsa, and we can't wait to continue adding to that.
In case you missed the shop, we've added a few of our Hygge favorites to the retail shelves of the salon. We have Grown Alchemist skincare in stock, which our skin thanks us for every day. There are also a few great home items, including bottle openers, blankets, and a felt whale with a party hat. Also, if there's anything you remember from the shop but don't see, just ask us! Chances are we can find a way to get it to you.
Now that you've filled in the eye of your new daruma doll, we hope you remember to keep things cozy and hygge as the temperature drops. There's a reason all those Scandinavian countries are the happiest in the world. They've made a cultural pact to not let the cold get them down. It's a damn hard thing to do, but we're willing to give it a try this year (as long as Jessica continues to host soup night at her place).
While we take the next couple months to develop our next great idea, our downstairs shop space will be vacant. Within that time, we are interested in leasing the space for classes, workshops, and weekend pop-ups. Possible ideas include: a bartending class, flower shop, and psychic readings. We're always down to collaborate, so please email us if you have an idea!