Mental health isn’t a game, and it’s definitely not something that people should push aside and ignore. That was the point that hair stylist Kayley Olsson, of Waterloo, IA, was trying to convey with her now-viral Facebook post.
On August 8, Olsson posted three photos of a young girl’s hair that she had worked on. The “before” shot was of a terribly tangled bed of hair. The “after” shots, though? You wouldn’t even know that it was the same person.
As Olsson explains in her post, the hair belongs to a client that came to see her before taking her school pictures. Turns out, the client is a 16-year-old who has been dealing with severe depression. She felt so low that she couldn’t even get up to brush her hair. She asked Olsson to just cut it all off because she couldn’t deal with the pain of combing it out, and that she felt worthless for it. But Olsson wasn’t about to let her give up!
After 13 combined hours and two days worth of work, they made the girl’s hair look gorgeous with a curly brown lob and what seems like some subtle blonde highlights. The girl was so happy that she told Olsson, “I will actually smile for my school pictures today, you made me feel like me again.”
Olsson’s post has been shared over 60,000 times and has over 7,500 comments from people praising both Olsson for her good deed, and the client for her bravery.
“Anxiety and depression are not easy fixes,” says one. “I hope you have a wonderful school year beautiful girl! You’re so brave!!!”
“At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people,” Olsson wrote. “MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it effects[sic] 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.”
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