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. Depression is a trauma, that’s NOT usually marked by vomiting, cold, fever, or anything that you can see with the naked eye.
Now that the world is beginning to accept depression as a REAL thing, it’s time we talk about it and understand how we can bring people back from a disease, they don’t even know they are battling with.
To give us a lesson of optimism and basic humanity, here’s hair dresser, Kayley Olsen. She came across a client, a 16-year-old girl battling severe depression and she decided to change her life.
The girl reached out to Kayley and asked her to shave all her hair, as she could not bear the pain of sitting through the untangling of the hair that haven’t been combed for years now. Kayley wrote a Facebook post about the girl and said,
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 were,
“I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again.” ❤️❤️
This is the final result! Isn’t it beautiful?
Depression is a problem of such measure that a hairdo might not be able to solve it completely. But putting a smile on someone’s face and making them realise that there is a possibility of that smile to stay there forever, is a commendable job.
Kayley spent 13 hours in untangling all the hair of the girl and gave her a new life, a new-found confidence. It is a gift she will cherish all her life and it will definitely leave a long lasting impact on her!