Kayley Olsson, a hairstylist from Waterloo, IA, had "one of the hardest experiences" of her life when a 16-year-old girl walked into the salon with a request: to cut it all off.
The teen, whose identity Olsson has kept hidden, suffers from depression. For the young girl, something as simple as brushing her hair — an act we all take for granted and even despise at times — was impossible. And after what might have been days, weeks, or months of not brushing her hair, she was left with locks that were too painful to comb through.
"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," Olsson wrote in a now-viral Facebook post. "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."
But instead of complying, Olsson did something even better.
"She starts back at school in a few weeks but she has her school pictures today," Olsson continued.
"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 [sic] 'I will actually smile for my school's pictures today, you made me feel like me again.'"
Is anyone else tearing up?
Olsson did a wonderful job with the hair, but she left her followers an even more powerful message.
"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, 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."
Such wise words!
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