Generous hairdresser rescues depressed teen's matted hair
Working as a hairdresser, Kayley Olsson has to deal with all kinds of hair every day. But when she met this teenager, the young woman from Iowa was hit particularly hard:
"Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous. I had a 16-year-old girl come in who has been dealing with severe depression for a few years now. She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair.
She told me she only got up to use the restroom. She starts back at school in a few weeks but she has her school pictures today. When she walked in she told us 'just cut it all off, I can't deal with the pain of combing it out,' she called herself worthless for it. It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child's hair for her!
At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people. MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it affects people all around the world and of all ages! PARENTS take it seriously, don't just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can't. A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair.
After being here 8 hours yesterday and 5 hours today we finally made this beautiful girl smile and feel like she IS worth something! Her last words to me were, 'I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again.'"
For 13 hours, Kayley and her colleagues worked tirelessly to make the girl feel better again after weeks of misery. Almost 200,000 people have since reacted to the hairdresser's Facebook post, and all are in agreement: what a wonderful gesture!