Kayley Olsson’s Facebook post – which now has over 190k likes and 74k shares – showed the before picture of her client’s hair and her transformation after 13 hours in the chair.
“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 wrote in the post.
“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.”
The young woman was starting back at school in a few weeks but had her school pictures that day.
“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!”
The final results were breathtaking, but it’s Kayley’s message about mental illness that has the Internet applauding.
“At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people,” she wrote. “MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it affects 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"
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with their mental health please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.