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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

Bonjour from The First Ward

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.

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Copenhagen August 2015

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. 

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Copenhagen NOMA August 2015
The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog France August 2015

David Mallett, Our Spirit Animal

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog David Mallett Paris France August 2015

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

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Sullystring Weaving West Elm August 2015

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. 

It's April, Fools.

We're Back!

I mean, we never really left, but we've crawled out of our hibernation hole to send you this little newsletter chock full of oh-so-exciting updates.

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Team Phone Booth April 2015

The holidays required about three months of recovery for us (i'm sure some of you can relate), but Spring is springing its ass off and we couldn't wait to bring some exciting news to your inbox. This month we introduce a new member of The First Ward team and show off our sexy new shampoo and conditioner from Davines. Finally, we have a thrilling announcement that is almost certainly not a joke. 


The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Product Davines Minu April 2015

We know that you know we love our Davines products, but do you know why? It's not only because of how awesome they work for our clients, but also for the company's commitment to the protection of our environment, as well as plant life bio diversity. We generally don't talk religion, politics, or *gasp* environmental issues here in Oklahoma, but after the recent reformulation of  our favorite shampoos and conditioners, we feel compelled to pass along some info that makes us love them even more. 

"Every product formulated, designed and produced by Davines is obtained with 100% clean energy.

Davines has decided to partner with the non-profit Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. The purpose of which is to support small agricultural economies and prevent the extinction of artisanal traditions. This means technical and financial support for more than 10,000 small producers world wide so they can continue growing indigenous plants thus preventing the disappearance of a genetic heritage that has an inestimable biological value. "

In English, that means that our products are vegan, paraben and sulfate free, and have zero negative impact on the earth. Don't worry, the hippies didn't take away your suds! You can find more info at Davines.com

Our favorite new product since the reformulation is Minu. This stuff is seriously shiny and is great for color treated hair, especially redheads and brunettes. If we haven't used some Minu on you already we probably will the next time you're in.