A depressed 16-year-old girl came into an Iowa salon with tangled, matted locks and told stylist Kayley Olsson to ‘just cut it all off.
Kayley who works at Capri Waterloo salon decided to restore young girl’s hair and spent 13 hours fixing it. After finishing the makeover, she shared before and after photos of amazing transformation on Facebook.
The post went viral and took the Internet by storm as people were thrilled to see the incredible transformation.
Kayley wrote: “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 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.”
Kayley told the BBC: ”Cutting her hair was absolutely not an option for me. I knew right then and there that we had to keep as much hair as possible.”
”It took a lot of encouraging words, reassurance, and just plain conversation to take her mind off of the pain involved in removing the matting and to boost her self esteem and confidence.”
”I understood how it felt to feel worthless – a child should never feel like that. I knew I had to help her, just like people helped me. We all deserve to feel beautiful.”
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