'13 hours later...' The importance of this 16-year-old's hair transformation

Heartbreaking reason teen needed 13-hour hairstyling session

Heartbreaking reason teen needed 13-hour hairstyling session

Kayley Olsson, a student hairdresser in Waterloo, recounted on Facebook how a young girl came into a salon and told her she felt so worthless she couldn't even manage to brush her own hair.

She told how her anonymous 16-year-old client had such low self esteem that she felt too worthless to even brush her hair.

The girl, who was due to start back at school in a few weeks, had asked the hairdresser to just shave off her matted locks rather than go through the pain and hassle of untangling them.

The 16-year-old, who was due to have her school photo taken, asked her to shave her head instead.

The hairdresser's post has been liked by over 180,000 people who were all touched by what happened next.

Taking to Facebook, Kayley described the whole story of how her customer had hit rock bottom as a result of her mental illness.

'Her last words to me was "I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again"'.

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"She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair". She wanted to help the teenager - especially since she told Kayley she'd be heading back to school soon.

'It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child's hair for her!

"MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it effects people all around the world and of all ages".

'A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair. But Olsson said after the girl called herself "worthless", Olsson was up for the challenge. "It's out" and she just bawled, we all bawled, but it was nothing but happy tears and I am just so glad we could do that for her", said Olsson.

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We have talked about depression many times to know how it completely engulfs a person and blinds them to an extent that they can't see themselves for the people they are.

"Don't just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can't", she said.

Social media users have cheered Olsson for sharing the story and helping the young woman.

"You did a lovely job".

Many commenters praised Olsson for her dedication to her client.

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