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THE PATH TO TOTALITY

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


Cut By An Angel

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Oklahoma Audrey Thomas

It seems like it was only yesterday that we were all asking each other, "Why is some hot blonde suddenly stalking all of us online?" After basically inviting herself to the party, Audrey Thomas quickly proved to be more than just a Pinterest-famous flaxen-hair bombshell. She's an incredible baker, joke-teller, dog mom, and a true wizard at hair-doing. Most days we can hardly believe she's real. Audrey completed our team when we didn't even realize anything was missing.

For those who missed the memo, Audrey is having twins, and their due date is just around the corner. While we know we'll never fill the hole in our collective heart after Audrey's last day, we are excited for her to start her new career as the world's coolest stay-at-home mom.

The First Ward Salon Audrey Thomas

Audrey only has a couple weeks left working with us, but we promise to do our best to help you though this transition. We'll have all of her notes and charts directing our crew to stay on top of your super chic 'dos.

Please don't hesitate to call or email us with any questions, concerns, comments, or party invitations. 

The First Ward Salon Tulsa Oklahoma Audrey Thomas
The First Ward Salon Tulsa Oklahoma Audrey Thomas
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Hip to be Square

The First Ward Oklahoma Downtown Tulsa Overground Website

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!). 

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.