When the 16-year-old teen walked into the hairdresser last week (08.08.2017), she came with the intention of cutting it all off. Battling with severe depression, the depressed unnamed teen got to such a low point where she felt so worthless, she could not even bring herself to comb through her locks. Claiming she could not deal with the “pain of combing it out” she was set on getting it chopped instead before her school pictures days later.
However, the superwomen hairdresser Kayley Olsson was having none of that. Going far beyond her job description, Olsson refused to cut the girl’s hair off, and rather spend 13 hours over two days working on untangling and styling the girls hair.
A True Compassionate Hairdresser
Ms. Olsson captured and posted the story in detail on Facebook, being careful not to expose the teen’s identity in the hope to draw attention to the real issue of mental health among children and teenagers. In her post, she stated “MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it affects 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.”
Post Goes Viral
Her post, as well as her valiant effort to lift the girl’s spirits and make her feel worth something garnered attention across the world and positive comments came streaming in. Some people deeply related, such as Makayla Butler whose comment wrote “I can honestly relate to this. I get into such deep ruts, I stop washing my hair and when I take showers I just ignore it because I don’t have the mentality or strength to wash it,” and some celebrated Olsson stating “You made her feel cared for and respected, even though you were strangers. A simple act of kindness (and this one doesn’t look like it was simple at all) can make all the difference between life and death.”
As for the teenager who walked in with the aim of shaving off all her hair, she left the hairdresser with the word, “I will smile for my school pictures today, you made me feel like me again,” While numbers of mental illness among teens increases, it is stories like these, where the kindness of human being is in full display, that give us hope.