Hairdresser Kayley Olsson has a message for parents that everyone needs to take note of and share. When her client told her to shave off her hair, Kayley refused. Instead, she spent two days cutting and styling the teen’s hair and the reason why is going viral.
Kayley says it was the hardest day at work she’s ever had when the depressed teenage girl came into the beauty salon and told her to cut off all her hair. Kayley’s heart broke, but she didn’t want to give up.
The hairdresser in Waterloo, Iowa, picked up her comb and set to work and shared her story, along with before and after pictures on Facebook, and her post is garnering a lot of attention.
“Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous, I had a 16 year girl come in with 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 effects people all around the world and of all ages!”
“PARENTS take it serious[ly], 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 was, “I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again”.
Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous, I had a 16 year girl come in with…
I’m so glad Kayley refused to give up and helped the young girl feel good about herself. I’m so glad she also points out that mental health issues need to be taken seriously, and I sincerely hope this teen gets further support and help for her depression.
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