Hairdresser Spent 13 Hours Fixing a Teen's Knotted Hair to Help Her Regain Confidence

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For those living without depression, it can be difficult to understand how crippling it can be -- and not just mentally or emotionally, but physically too. Tasks that we take for granted, such as brushing our hair, can feel impossible.


Earlier this month, a 16-year-old girl with extremely tangled and matted hair went into Kayley Olsson's salon in Iowa and asked to have her head shaved for her school's picture day. The girl had been dealing with severe depression for the past few years, which made it difficult to even pick up a brush. 

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"She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless, she couldn't even brush her hair," Olsson said in a Facebook post. "She told me she only got up to use the restroom."

Instead of giving in to the girl's request, Olsson spent 13 hours over the course of two days untangling, cutting, and restoring the girl's hair into an unrecognizable mane.

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Kayley Olsson/Facebook

"At the end of the day, I want this to be a lesson to people," Olsson wrote. "Mental health is a thing, it affects people all around the world and of all ages!"

Olsson herself has also suffered with mental health issues, such as postpartum depression and anxiety, according to the BBC. "I knew I had to help her, just like people helped me," she said to the BBC. "We all deserve to feel beautiful."

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Olsson's efforts paid off. "I will actually smile for my school's pictures today; you made me feel like me again," Olsson said the teen told her before leaving the salon.

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