Category: Beauty

Love Can Be Complicated. Hints Help!

Let’s face it. Lovers aren’t always the best at giving gifts to show their affection. Are we right?! So if you’re tired of getting a chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears for Valentine’s Day, we’re here to help.

Tell your Valentine that you want the gift of love and beauty from Z Studio, with a little hint. That’s right, send your sweetie a hint from Z Studio for what you really want this Valentine’s Day, and when they buy you a $150 gift card, we’ll give them a free haircut*.

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*Free haircut is valued up to $35 for new guests with select service providers when they make a $150 gift card purchase between January 10th and February 14, 2016.Valentines FB

Open House Next Saturday – Save 10% All Year!

Next Saturday, January 23, we are celebrating the opening of our beautiful new salon in the heart of Tulsa’s Historic Brookside with a public Open House from 9am to 6pm. While you’re here, pre-book your services and save 10% on any future appointment in 2016!

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That’s right. Save 10% on EVERY service you pre-book  throughout the year when you do it next Saturday. So, whether you visit us once or twelve times in 2016, you can save 10% on your visit when you pre-book.


  • Love having your hair cut every 6 weeks? Pre-book your next 5 haircuts, and save 10% on each visit.
  • Need your hair colored every 8 weeks? Pre-book your next 2 colors, and save 10% on each visit.
  • Crave highlights with the change of the seasons? Pre-book two highlight appointments (Spring & Fall), and save 10% on each one.

It’s pretty simple. This is our way of giving back to our loyal guests, as a way of saying “thanks” for helping us achieve a new level of success with a beautiful new  salon at 3511 South Peoria Avenue.

Never been to Z Studio before? Don’t worry. The offer is open to new guests, too! And, while you’re here, we’ll give you a full tour of our new facility and can even introduce you to a stylist perfect for you, your hair type, and the vision you have for your hair. Our consultations are always complimentary, and we’d be happy to provide that for you, too!

For our new guests, here are a few quick tidbits about us:

  • We’ve been in Tulsa since 2008, but we just recently moved to a beautiful new location (just a mile from our original location); we’re now located in the heart of Brookside at 3511 South Peoria Avenue.
  • We always offer free consultations.
  • We welcome walk-in guests, but always recommend requesting a reservation online or calling 918-743-5353 in advance.
  • We are Tulsa’s premier teaching salon, with a 40-week Associate Stylist Program, similar to a Master’s Degree for hair stylists. The program teaches advanced cut and color techniques and the customer service skills need to work in a prestige salon environment.

We look forward to seeing you next Saturday, January 23, from 9am – 6pm – for an Open House at Z Studio: The Art of Hair.

Color Experts Continue Education

As with anything in style, fashion, and hair, trends are always changing.

Z Studio has always believed that if we want to be a market-leading salon in Tulsa, we have to continue to provide our team with the tools necessary to stay on top of the latest trends in hair styling and hair coloring.

We’ve been dubbed, “Tulsa’s Hair Color Experts,” as a result of the work we continually do to help keep our team ahead of (and on top of) the latest trends. It’s a moniker we take very seriously, and one we want to keep.

Our continuing education program has three major components: in-salon classes for stylists and support team, out-of-salon seminars for stylists and support team, and our phenomenal associate program for new team members are all key elements of our success as experts in color.

We started plotting out many of the educational programs for our 2016 calendar in mid 2015. And as a result, just 11 days into 2016, our team received the first in-salon training of the new year with a visit from Wella Professionals Master Color Expert, Jenni Rea.

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Our team spent the day today with Jenni learning new formulations (and applications) for incredible color results, including corrective and fashion colors. As a result of today’s training, we believe we can provide our guests with even more amazing color results.

On-going educational programs at Z Studio, like the in-salon visits we receive as part of our Wella Global Elite Salon status, will help us continue to live up to the expectation you have for us as “Tulsa’s Hair Color Experts.”

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Thank you for putting the trust of your hair (and the color you wish for it to be!) in the hands of our team. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve you in our beautiful new location in the heart of Tulsa’s Brookside. If you’re new to Z Studio, we encourage you to drop by to meet our team and tour our salon at 3511 South Peoria Avenue. We provide free consultations, while we always welcome walk-ins, you can certainly request a reservation online or call to schedule at 918-743-5353.


A Look Inside Z Studio’s New Location

We should preface this by saying, “we’re not professional photographers.” So, you’ll have to forgive us for the quality of these photos, taken on our smart phones.

But, since we keep getting questions around town about what’s inside the new space, we couldn’t resist posting a slideshow until our REAL photographer comes later this month to take beautiful pictures of our new space and our team in action!


Designed by Karen Rebele of Details & Design in Tulsa, the new location at 3511 S. Peoria Ave. is rustic industrial chic: a mixture of steel, glass, tile and locally reclaimed wood that includes barn doors on sliding frames, used as room dividers. “I was so inspired by the Brookside location, because it’s lively, unique, historic and upscale,” Rebele says. “It’s a place people gravitate to, and I wanted this design to reflect that.”

Z Studio owner, designer, and color specialist Beau Barbee explains that the new space has “features our guests might not see right away, but that make a huge difference in their overall experience,” he says. “For instance, our new lighting system mimics natural light and so our guests can see their hair’s true shades before and after color services. There are more styling stations and a more luxurious, spa-like ambience so guests can enjoy true comfort and relaxation during their services.”

Z Studio will be having a formal Grand Opening party after the first of the year.

Our New Location Opens Friday at 9AM

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Friday Morning at 9AM


At the close of business Wednesday, we’ll close one chapter of our story, and begin a new one, as we open the doors for our loyal guests and new friends at our beautiful new location, 3511 South Peoria Avenue.

We’ll open for business in the new location, in the heart of Tulsa’s Brookside District, Friday morning at 9am with retail sales specials, and we’ll be registering every guest who stops by for a $100 gift card.

We wanted to share a few things about our new salon space that may help make your first visit more smooth.

  • The new space is located in the city block between in between Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar to the south and Doc’s Wine & Food to the north. We’re in the heart of that city block, directly between Aberson’s and Vern’s Props & Flowers.
  • Parking is located in the rear. If you turn off of Peoria and east onto 35th Street (at Starbucks), you’ll see the parking lot on your left. Although there is parallel parking available in front, space is limited, and all Brookside merchants share available Peoria parallel parking. Additional parking, as with most Brookside merchants is available on side streets and other larger parking lots without parking restrictions posted.
  • There is an entrance in the rear of the new facility. Feel free to use it; the rear entry will be open for access in and out of the salon during operating hours.

We’re working on a photo tour now, and will post it to the website soon. In the meantime, we invite you to stop in, see for yourself, and take a tour – you don’t even need an appointment! Our new location features a beautiful design by Karen Rebele, of Details & Design, and allows us to provide a more luxurious experience for our guests. Some highlights include:

  • Free wi-fi and charging ports for your handheld electronic devices
  • More comfortable styling chairs
  • A private shampoo lounge
  • A full-service color bar

Although Friday will be our first day of operating in the new space, we’re saving the hoopla of a “Grand Opening” for after the first of the year. For those among the first to visit our new location, we’ll have plenty of ways to say thanks to you for your continued trust and patience in our team as we perfect the best ways to function in our new space in the first 30 days.

We are so thankful for each and every one of our loyal guests who have helped us achieve this incredible milestone in our growth. And, if you’ve never been to Z Studio, we invite you to try our “Art of Hair” experience today. Ahead of your visit, view our Reviews on Google (just search Z Studio Tulsa), on our website, and on our Facebook page. We always provide a free consultation, welcome walk-ins, and you can even request your appointment online. To reach us by phone, call (918) 743-5353.

Finally, as one of Tulsa’s premier teaching salons with an incredible associate program for developing new talent, we’re continuing to grow our team of expert colorists and stylists. So, if you or someone you know might be interested in joining our team, we invite you to stop in and meet us, or apply online.

It Just Takes One


It just takes one. One person speaking up can make an incredibly positive difference.

For us, it was Z Studio Stylist James Orr, who reached out to the team in a group chat message over the weekend and simply said, “Would any of you guys be willing to go with me to the Angel Tree and help out a few kids?”

James had heard about the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program on Fox 23, and he wanted his salon family to participate. “Maybe we could pick out like four, and maybe throw in a few bucks from our tips for a week and go get something for them from all of us,” he said.

We quickly responded. “Tell you what, James. Z Studio will pay up to $45 for each of you to participate. If you feel generous, add your own money on top of the $45 from Z Studio, and you can adopt a family or two.”

Z Studio was open for business today, so the team took the time to strategize a plan to help families in need through the Salvation Army’s program. And, just over 24 hours after James’ first group message, guess what we were doing? Our team was at Tulsa Promenade, picking angels off the tree.

We have an incredible team. There are a lot of companies who say that, and they’re probably right, too. But, we are so fortunate to have a team that truly is like a family. It took one simple comment by James to have an incredible affect on our salon family; and together, we are making a difference. As a group, we’re excited about doing something good for someone else. The effort, which began tonight at the mall will continue until the gifts are purchased and delivered.

We encourage you to support the spirit of giving this season. Give money. Give your time. Give something back. There are hundreds of ways you can give back to Tulsa this holiday season through a charitable effort. Pick one. You’ll be glad you did.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and a joyous Christmas season ahead!

Construction Update No. 5


So you did it. You drove through Brookside and happened to see the sign out front of our new location at 3511 South Peoria Avenue in Tulsa. And now you’re wondering, “when will it open?”

Well, this is it! The final week of our construction timeline is here, and our team is hard at work putting together the finishing touches for our official first day of business in the in the heart of Brookside. We anticipate opening next week, pending the outcome of our City of Tulsa inspection and occupancy certificate.

But, because it’s the week of Thanksgiving, we’ll save the fanfare of a “Grand Opening” for a time down the road, when we can truly celebrate in grand fashion with our loyal guests who have helped us accomplish this incredible  achievement.  As we enter Thanksgiving week, please know how THANKFUL our entire team is for your help along this journey.

Note: Images above are not from this week (we have to keep some of the pictures a secret from our guests, and team members until “the reveal”)!

Keep checking our blog for another update early next week on the official first day of business in our new location! We have availability next week, including many open slots for reservations on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. We will also be open on Monday this week to accommodate pre-Thanksgiving gathering requests. Schedule your reservation for next week here.

Speaking of Black Friday, we’ll be offering a great deal on Z Studio gift cards on Black Friday. Purchase a $100 gift card for someone else, and get a $25 gift card for you for free. A Z Studio gift card can be used towards service or retail products and styling tools. Happy Thanksgiving!

Construction Update No. 4

All of the behind-the-scenes prep and work has taken us longer than originally anticipated, but we’re finally in the stages where our space will start to really take shape, and we know it is definitely worth the wait!

Today, as we continue through the construction process, we’re reflecting on how great it is to have a small business in Tulsa. Our salon company is blessed with an incredible team, and a community that continues to embrace and support our team. We’re grateful to have amazing partners we’ve worked with to get to this point. And, we’re going to be even more thankful when we can open our doors in our new location at 3511 South Peoria Ave., greet you with a smile, and a provide you with an incredible “Art of Hair” Experience. We’re continuing to invest in our team and their talent, the education to help make their careers incredible, and in finding ways to better serve you.

As we start getting closer to adding design details, we’ll back off from the picture posting. After all, we have to leave some things a mystery for the reveal! That being said, we just can’t resist posting a few current pics.

The rough look:

And now, with floors and drywall finally going in:


We’re targeting our move date for mid-November. Stay connected to us on Facebook, and keep checking back here for more updates.

In the meantime, Z Studio: The Art of Hair is currently located at 4516 South Peoria Avenue, adjacent to the Tulsa Ballet. We are a teaching salon, with an incredible education team made up of the most talented hair stylists, sculptors and colorists, each creating beautiful art daily.

We always welcome walk-in guests, but encourage you to call 918-743-5353 or make a reservation online so that you don’t have to wait.

A Culture of Continuing Education: Magma by Blondor

Z Studio is a commission-based salon where our team is given a clear path to career advancement and growth.

Why should you care?

This means that the level of service and quality of the technical service (cut, color, style, highlights, etc.) you receive while you’re in our salon is as important to us as it is to you. It means that our stylists are employees of our company, and must achieve and maintain high expectations for quality, technical skills, and service.

Let us be clear. We’re not saying that booth rent salons are bad; there are many wonderfully talented stylists working in them, and many owners who pour their heart-and-soul into their business as we do with Z Studio. And, there are also thousands of commission-based salon companies who don’t reinvest in developing their talent.

What we are saying is that Z Studio has a culture of continuing education. All of our stylists are required to participate in monthly continuing education classes and programs as a group. In addition, our team members receive an annual “allowance” for outside educational programs and activities that directly impact their performance at Z Studio.

We were given the name “Tulsa’s Hair Color Experts” because we truly do pride ourselves on understanding the world of hair color, and we strive to exceed your expectations every time you visit.

As a Wella Global Elite Salon, we take pride in using the industry’s most respected and sought-after color line. And in September, our stylists completed two day-long color classes where they learned more about Magma by Blondor, a Wella Professionals product that lifts and tones in one single step for both natural and already colored hair. Magma by Blondor features 16 inter-mixable shades for maximum creativity from soft to intense end-results.

Our education programs ensure that our entire team stays up-to-date on new formulas, products, and application techniques to enhance the color process, plus the best service and business practices that help us provide you with a phenomenal “Art of Hair” experience every time you visit.

Request your appointment online or call (918) 743-5353 to schedule your free color consultation with Z Studio: The Art of Hair.

Photos of our recent September classes:

Example of Wella Professionals Magma By Blondor Application at Z Studio

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We update our Facebook page daily with more photos of our guests. See the latest new styles, color, techniques, and a showcase of products by liking our page.

Construction Update No. 1

Since our recent announcement that we would be moving to 3511 South Peoria, we’ve had some incredibly positive feedback (and a lot of great questions) from our fabulous guests and friends. But the one question EVERYONE wants to know is:

“When will it be ready?”

Answer: We don’t know yet. We promise we’re not trying to be vague, but we only have a rough idea right now. Long story short, when we took over the space at 3511 South Peoria Avenue, it was in an unexpectedly poor condition (spray painted walls, floors, ceilings and holes in walls/doors the size of bricks). Here’s just a sampling of the photos we took the day we took possession of the space:

As we all know, construction timelines are a moving target. Here’s what we can tell you: when complete, the new location is going to be absolutely phenomenal. Thanks to our designer, Karen Rebele of Details & Design, and a team of talented and renowned professionals who create some of the most beautiful salons world-wide, we have left no stone unturned in creating an amazing new facility to better serve you.

So how can a new facility help us serve you better? Well, at Z Studio, we’ve always been about creating an incredible “Art of Hair” experience. And, we can simply say that the experience is going to be even better once we get moved into this new location. A few things that immediately come to mind:

  • An improved retail and reception space, with a larger offering of your favorite Pureology, Moroccan Oil, 1821, and Wella products
  • More point-of-sale computers means no more waiting to check out
  • Free guest wi-fi throughout the space
  • More styling stations = the ability to serve more guests with less wait time
  • New service chairs will be luxuriously comfortable
  • A dedicated shampoo lounge with tilt-down shampoo bowls that contour to you
  • Incredible new lighting at the styling station locations will bring out more of the true hues of your hair before-and-after color application
  • Two brand new bathrooms, including one that is ADA-compliant
  • And, the list keeps going…but we have to keep some things as a surprise!

We’ll continue to update our blog with the latest photographs of the progress. But for now, here are some down-and-dirty pics of our progress so far:

Thanks again for being a loyal Z Studio guest; we can’t wait to serve you in our new location! And, if you’ve never been to Z Studio, we invite you to try our “Art of Hair” experience today in our current location at 4516 South Peoria Avenue in Tulsa. Although we always welcome walk-ins, we encourage you to make a reservation online or by phone at (918) 743-5353. Our consultations are always free of charge.