She felt like she got her personality back
People love going to the salon and shaping up their hair every once in a while; it can make you feel beautiful, attractive, or like a whole new person. That was certainly the case for one girl who was so deeply mired down in depression that she felt that brushing her hair was nearly impossible. She asked a hairdresser to do something just to get her by, but the stylist went above and beyond to give her a piece of herself back.
A Client in Need
Kayley Olsson is studying cosmetology at Capri Waterloo, and she was tasked with working on a teenager who had a serious problem with her hair far more than most other clients have. Kayley explained about the client, “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.”
The teen thought that it was time to change her hair because she had to go out in public, but she still was too depressed to care what really happened to it. Kayley continued, “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!”
Help for Mental Health
Kayley and her associate Mariah Wenger worked and worked on the girl’s hair, and she was indeed able to save it. She cut and styled it in a perfectly-curled shoulder-length style that thrilled the girl who felt like she got more than just a regular haircut. Kayley explained, “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.’”
She also had something profound to say about how devastating mental health can be to someone even if they seem just fine. She wrote, “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.”
Kayley’s original post was shared 78,211 times, and she’s being hailed as a person of great empathy for what she gave back to the girl. Laura Tull Adams told her own story about her hair during a hard time, “Hair can be a big part of someone’s identity. I got sick a year and a half ago, and after 2 months in the ICU, the hospital hair dresser, my sister, and my mom spent hours combing the knots out of my hair. I was so grateful. It ended up falling out completely from the trauma, surgeries, and medication, and it’s devastating when you’re dealing with other heavy things to have your appearance change so drastically as well. You did a lot of good here. You are appreciated. Thank you.”
Kayley has received gifts and support from her newfound fans as well, and she thanked them all, saying, “I can’t even believe how many lives we have truly touched! Nobody will ever understand much this little girl actually turned our whole lives around. She’s showed us not only how strong she is but why we were put into this career, she helped me finally realize that we are ALL worth something and that the ones that are going through Mental Health AREN’T ALONE! I’m so thankful for this experience, you all are amazing! HUGE THANK YOU AGAIN!”
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