Its no secret that many little girls enjoy getting dolled up in their cute little dresses and wearing their hair in adorable hairstyles especially when hanging out with their friends or going to school. Sadly, despite the efforts of Isabella Pieri’s dad, this 11 year old’s hair was not styled for school the way she wanted it to be, KSL TV reports. Two years ago, Isabella’s mom passed away due to a rare illness and Isabella hasn’t had anyone to teach her how to braid her hair. Fortunately, the young girl found her very own personal hairstylist in an unexpected place, her school bus.

A few months ago, Isabella got up the courage to ask driver, Tracy Dean, if would braid her hair. It came as no surprise since she often braids and brushes girls’ hair before dropping them off at school. Dean transformed her loose waves into a beautiful French braid. Talking to KLS TV, Dean said, “You treat them like your own kids, you know.”

7 years ago, Dean was diagnosed with breast cancer, so she has faced the idea of her own children growing up without a mother. One of her first thoughts, she said, was, “Who is going to take care of my little ones? Not that my husband couldn’t do it, but you know, that’s what moms do. They do their kids’ hair.”

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For Isabella, Dean has become like a second mom. She said she is excited to see her in the morning, as she braids her hair almost every day, sometimes in a double braid with a pink flower. Isabella’s dad, Philip Pieri, is very grateful. He said, “Tracy didn’t have to step up, but she stepped up to help out. I was amazed,” he said.

A simple braid has boosted Isabella’s confidence. Even her teachers noticed. Her teacher revealed, “Her head was a little higher that morning and she had a little more of a step.”Dean added,  “It makes me feel happy that they are happy.”

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