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Hairdresser refuses to shave depressed teen's matted hair for school pictures and spends two days fixing it instead

Mirror logo Mirror 5 days ago Nicola Oakley
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A hairdresser has won thousands of fans after sharing a heartwarming story of one of her clients: a teenage girl struggling with severe depression.

Kayley Olsson, from Iowa in the USA, shared photographs of the 16-year-old's incredibly matted hair on her Facebook page and told how the girl had asked her to "cut it all off".

Admitting she was "heartbroken" when the girl described herself as "worthless" and explained how she had stopped brushing her hair, Kayley decided to help her out instead of shaving it.

The young woman subsequently spent 13 hours over the next two days fixing the girl's hair and making it beautiful for her school pictures.

Kayley said meeting the teenager, who had been battling severe depression for years, was "one of the hardest experiences" she had ever gone through.

"She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair," Kayley said of the young girl.

"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.

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"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 (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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Kayley worked on the hair with colleagues for eight solid hours one day and then five hours the next day.

"We finally made this beautiful girl smile and feel like she IS worth something," she said.

Photographs show a shorter crop with an ombre-style colour and beautiful curls.

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But perhaps the best part of the story is the young girl's reaction when she saw the finished hair do, telling Kayley: "I will actually smile for my school pictures today, you made me feel like me again."

Kayley's Facebook post has been 'liked' more than 160,000 times and shared more than 60,000 times since it was published on August 8.

The identity of the girl is unknown.

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