BLOG ENTRY

The First Ward is always up to something. Stay up to date with news from our blog, including local Tulsa highlights, hair tips, and tales from our #tfwadventures. 

WAX ECSTATIC

Well, we did it! The First Ward is happy to announce that we have created our first-ever custom candle. It only took us about two years to develop, but it was well worth the time.

After the short run of our pop-up shop Hygge, a spark was ignited in the minds of Team TFW. We wanted to bring a little more of the shop's cozy lifestyle into the salon. We've also always been interested in developing a signature fragrance, so the answer seemed simple: candles. The warmth and comfort of a good candle is the key to coziness. Did you know the average Danish citizen burns thirteen pounds of candlewax a year? WHOA. 

The main purpose of a First Ward candle has always been to provide a familiar sense of space that our clients and friends can take home with them. It's the same welcoming feeling we want you to experience in the salon. 

To achieve this vague and ambitious goal, we needed a candlemaker that could translate it into smells. Through our friends at Workstead, we joined forces with Beau Burdette at The Contents Co. in Charleston, South Carolina. Beau definitely spoke our language. To kick things off, Beau sent us a questionnaire that helped keep us on the right path throughout development. 

What feelings or emotions do you want this scent to convey?
Comfort and familiarity, while still being challenged. Like a song you feel you should have heard before, but is new to you. Or a new friend that seems should have been in your life forever. Or the way your home smells like you remember, but more intense, after having a great adventure overseas.

Name a few adjectives you would want others to use when describing this scent:
Androgynous, balanced, comforting. 

If this scent were a person, who would it be?
Here are a few: Jane Goodall, Benazir Bhutto, Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart. All strong, adventurous, passionate women.

After some back and forth, Beau knocked it out of the park. At times it seemed like he knew what we wanted better than we did. He also sourced the most incredible terra-cotta vessels from a Charleston ceramicist that make for a great keepsake after the candle burns out. 

The First Ward Contents Co Candle
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma

So what does it smell like? We took some notes from our favorite fig candles to create something sweet, complex, and the answer to all the questions above. According to the maker, "the leathery, milky fig notes come first, with a sharper touch of citrus/floral/green aromas.... lastly a subtle earthy/woods base note." 

Honestly, it's hard to describe. All we know it's the perfect complement to the scent of the salon and we're obsessed with it. First batch is a limited supply, so get your nose over to the salon before they're all gone!

The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co

Living the Dream in 2016

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Daruma Doll January 2016

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

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Hygge Pop-Up Shop January 2016

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). 

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Available Pop-Up Space January 2016

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!