In professions in which you work with customers, there are many times where you come across people who are struggling with their own battles. Be it waitressing/service, retail, cosmetology or even a cab driver – when you are helping other people, they sometimes open up to you about their problems. Hairstylists know this to be true, as their well known to be “second therapists,” for some clients. One hairstylist shared a powerful message about depression after she encountered a life-changing client.
Kayley Olsson shared a message about a 16-year-old client – who remained anonymous – who came into her salon with hair that had not been brushed in months. The before pictures look like one of the hardest projects for any hairstylist to take on – but, after hearing her story – Olsson could not walk away from this girl. She wrote –
Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous, I had a 16 year girl come in with 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 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.
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 was
“I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again” ❤️❤️
And, the photos of before and after were amazing.
People were applauding Olsson and her hard work – not only did this girl’s hair look amazing but, helping anyone with their mental health struggles deserves appreciation.
Kudos, Kayley Olsson – you’re the real MVP!