A sixteen year old walked into the salon and told hair stylist, Kayley Olson, 20, she had school pictures coming up and wanted to shave her hair off, saying it could not be saved. “She said ‘It’s worthless.’ I knew right then and there we had to make sure we kept her hair for her,” Olson told Inside Edition. Olson did not want to identify the teen, but said the 16-year-old told her she had been struggling with depression for some time, and was unable to get out of bed.
“I was heartbroken. I know what if feels like to feel worthless and depressed. It was kind of wake up call. We had to help her,” Olson said. “It was a extremely hard. She cried the entire time we were combing it out.” The new look took two days to complete with several breaks in between to get the teen’s hair untangled.
“When I got the last knot out of her hair, I looked at her and said ‘It’s all out’ and we cried happy tears,” Olson said. “When I showed her the final result in the mirror she said ‘I am going to smile in my school pictures. You made me feel like me again.’”
The powerful Facebook post has since gone viral, with more than 150,000 likes and 64,000 shares. She wrote:
“Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous, I had a 16-year-old girl come in 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 seriously, 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 were, ‘I will actually smile for my school pictures today, you made me feel like me again.’ ” ❤️❤️