Depression can take forms in different ways, and differently for everyone. And although many are scared by depression and tell people to "just snap out of it…" it doesn't work just like that. But, every once in a while. Someone with depression gathers the strength and courage to get their life back. And if given the chance we should all help in any way possible to make that a reality. And that is exactly what a kind beauty school student did.
Kayley Olsson, who attends Capri College in Iowa, helped transform depressed 16-year old's hair, after she hadn't combed it out in months. Olsson, said that the young girls hair was completely matted and tangled. The 16-year old told Olsson that she had school pictures that needed to be taken for the upcoming school year. She also went on to tell Olsson that she didn't have confidence that her hair could be salvaged, so all she asked was for them to shave it all off.
Her exact words of "It's worthless." Trigged something in Olsson right then and there. She knew "we had to keep her hair for her." she told InsideEdition.com
The teen confined in Olsson about her struggles with depression. How she has always dealt with it, but the previous year, she was unable to even get out of bed.
Olsson stated, "I was heartbroken. I know what if feels like to feel worthless and depressed. It was kind of wake up call. We had to help her, It was extremely hard. She cried the entire time we were combing it out."
Olsson said it took two days and several breaks in between to get the teen's hair entirely untangled. "When I got the last knot out of her hair, I looked at her and said 'it's all out' and we cried happy tears," Olsson said. Olsson then styled the teens hair herself and, "When I showed her the final result in the mirror she said 'I am going to smile in my school pictures. You made me feel like me again.'"
Olsson shared before and after photos of the teen on her Facebook page and the post has since gone viral. Racking up 182k likes and almost 73k shares.
She wrote in the post "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."
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