Kayley Olsson is a hair stylist based in Iowa, and on August 8, 2017, she posted a series of photos on her Facebook page about “one of the hardest experiences.” The photos were of a 16-year-old client who was battling depression to the point that she couldn’t even brush her hair.
“She told me she only got up to use the restroom,” Kayley writes in the post. “She felt so down and so worthless she couldn’t even brush her hair.”
The anonymous girl’s locks were matted so badly that she told Kayley, “just cut it all off I can’t deal with the pain of combing it out.” But the hair stylist wasn’t going to do that. She wanted to help the teenager — especially since she told Kayley she’d be heading back to school soon. “It honestly broke my heart,” she writes in her post.
Instead of having to possibly shave her head, Kayley spent 13 hours over two days completely transforming the young girl’s hair into a beautiful new hairstyle.
Kayley shared a before photo of the young girl’s hair as well as two after photos that are absolutely stunning.
Kayley took to her Facebook page to write a heartfelt note about her experience with the teenager. “A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair,” she says about the young girl.
Continue scrolling to see the hairstyle along with Kayley’s note.
On August 8, 2017, Kayley Olsson posted a series of photos on her Facebook page of a 16-year-old client who had been dealing with severe depression that left her bedridden and unable to comb her hair.
The hair stylist uploaded three photos and a note about her experience which she calls “one of the hardest.”
Not only did people want to share the amazing transformation with others, they resonated with her note, which touches on mental illness and the reality of the disease.
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”
This photo is of the anonymous 16-year-old girl who came into Kayley’s Iowa salon begging her to “just cut it all off” — but Kayley wasn’t going to do that.
Instead, the hair stylist spent 13 hours over two days transforming the depressed teen’s matted locks into a beautiful new hairstyle to help her feel confident.
“It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child’s hair for her!” Kayley writes in her post.
Her hard work and kindness paid off because the hair stylist gave the teen an amazing hairdo that is worlds away from what she looked like stepping into the salon.
This side view shows how completely different the teen’s hair looks now. The stylist’s hours of washing and cutting made the teen feel ten times better and Kayley’s act of kindness helped this young, depressed girl start to feel a little better about herself.
“Her last words to me was ‘I will actually smile for my school’s pictures today, you made me feel like me again’,” Kayley writes.
Thousands of people from all over the world were touched by what Kayley had done and wanted to thank her and send messages to the young girl.
One Facebook user named Jaye tells Hayley, “to take that time to make her day better, is a blessing.”
She also thanked the stylist for helping the teen go from feeling worthless to liking herself and the way she looked.
Another commenter admitted that what Kayley had done and said made her cry. She also gives kudos to the young girl for getting herself out of bed and to the salon. Something that takes a lot of strength for those suffering from severe depression.
If you or someone you know suffers from depression and may be at risk of harming yourself, please call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.