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2017: A SALON ODYSSEY

Hey, hairbangers. What a year that was. 2016 was pretty good to our little salon. So good, in fact, that we forgot to tell you anything about it. In case you're curious, here are some photos that tell you everything you need to know:

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We are keeping the momentum going straight into 2017 and look forward to sharing what we're up to. Stay tuned in the coming months. The First Ward is going to have our most surprising, exciting, and controversial year yet...oh, wait...that's this season of The Bachelor. But really, we're going to have giveaways, parties, surprise guests, and someone is opening a new business downstairs. On top of that, we've been working on hair education that's sending us over the moon!


JAMES AND JESSICA DIP BENEATH LASERS

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It's pretty well-known that we like to throw a party, we love lasers, and Jessica loves 90s techno. With that in mind, the Day for Night festival in Houston was clearly our party mecca, and we had to make our pilgrimage. So Jessica and James took one for the team and gathered a few tricks to put in our back pocket for future parties. Day for Night is an immersive music and art festival, showcasing mind-blowing acts from around the globe. We're still in awe of how incredible this fest was. Who wants to join us for Day for Night 3 in December 2017?

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REMINDER: Jessica is going to be out of the salon from January 20th-February 14th. If you need an appointment during those dates, we can happily schedule you with another stylist or find JB's soonest availability. 


Cheers to the new year!

-Team TFW

 
 

Hip to be Square

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With a couple new additions to the First Ward family this last year, we figured it was finally time to update the Team page on our website. But because we have a "Go Big or Go Home" approach to everything we do, we decided to update the entire website instead. 

As you have a look around, make sure you first read about our (relatively) new stylist Audrey, who is a highlight mastermind, and our project manager Sarah (we promise she works here). These ladies successfully survived the hazing phase, and now we barely remember the days without them. Plus, with two more on our squad, we've increased the number of weird ideas by fifty percent. Everybody, watch out. 

In addition, we've added a photo gallery showcasing a handful of our incredible clients and some recent press. You can also find an archive of our past newsletters, conveniently located on our new blog.  Stay tuned for more updates, or join our newsletter (if you haven't already!). 

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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.

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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. 

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David Mallett, Our Spirit Animal

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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

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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! 

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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. ;)

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Goodbye Bumbo, Hello Everything!

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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.