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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.

 

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

 

 

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.