Going Red at Orchard & Ludlow

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Nestled right in the heart of the Lower East Side is our unisex luxury salon, Orchard & Ludlow that services people from all walks of life. Our shop has a bevy of services that includes haircuts, beard trims and every so often a color treatment or two.

Most recently, a client of ours, Nadiri Dorsey received a color treatment by our very own Sara Grace Judge and during the process Dorsey shared her hair journey.

“I’ve always paid attention to my hair because my mom was always about image growing up,” Dorsey shared as Judge began the bleaching process on her tresses. “I would spend a lot of days in the kitchen with a hot comb and all that stuff, but eventually [her mom] relaxed my hair once she started working.”

These tidbits were essential for Judge to know, so that she could properly care for hair that had previously been chemically altered. “I had relaxed hair from five to eighteen and then what pushed me to cut the relaxed hair off was that my sister did it first.”

“It took me awhile to embrace my own hair, when I cut it off I hated it. I did a big chop and I was uncomfortable with it for a while. Honestly, I don’t think I got comfortable with my hair up until a year ago.”


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Now, a year later Dorsey is making another drastic hair change, this time dying her kinky curls an auburn color. This is a process that Judge took extreme care with given the fact that 4C curls are typically dry and require TLC.

Knowing this about her own hair, Dorsey made sure to book with Judge, stressing how important it is to trust your stylist or barber.

“I’m letting S.G. do my hair because I’ve seen her do hair so I trust her,” Dorsey shared. “Which is weird because when it comes to African-American hair people usually go to someone that looks like them, but since I’ve seen S.G. do hair, I know I’ll be fine.”

“Trust is the biggest thing when it comes to hair.” This statement proved true for Dorsey as once her color treatment by Judge was completed, her natural curls were maintained and looked moisturized.

Often times, those with kinkier hair textures may shy away from dying their hair out of fear from damaging it, but as long as you book with a trustworthy stylist, your curls will continue to flourish just like Dorsey’s is.