Kayley Olsson, a 20-year-old student hairdresser in Waterloo, Iowa, posted on Facebook on Tuesday about a girl who came into her salon with densely matted and tangled hair. She wrote: “Today I had one of the hardest experiences – I had a 16-year-girl come in who has been dealing with severe depression for a few years now.”
Depression sometimes makes even the most basic tasks, like brushing your hair in the morning, seem impossible
The teen had explained to Kayley she “felt so down and so worthless she couldn’t even brush her hair.” The teenager had a school photograph scheduled and she asked the salon to cut off all her hair because she couldn’t face the pain of combing out the matted knots and tangles. She told stylist Kayley Olsson to “just cut it all off.”
Instead, Olsson worked a record-breaking 2 days and 13 hours to restore both the young lady’s hair and her confidence. “Cutting her hair was absolutely not a option for me.” Kayley told the BBC.
It’s amazing how something as simple as a haircut can do so much for a person’s spirit!
“I was able to very closely relate to her mental health problems and the daily struggle that comes with them, due to my struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety,” explained Mariah, who has two children. “I knew I had to help her, just like people helped me. We all deserve to feel beautiful,” Kayley said.
“Her last words to me were, ‘I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again,'” Kayley explained.