Hairdresser spends two days fixing depressed teen's hair. Now girl looks unrecognizable

Mar 24, 2018
12:10 P.M.
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She was happy she was part of the teenager’s recovery.


Jumble Joy reported that a teenage girl suffering from depression walked through the doors for a haircut and was transformed.

Hairdresser Kayley Olsson had a teenage patron in her beauty salon in Iowa in the summer of 2017. The 16-year-old had been suffering from depression.

She was devastated to such an extent that she could not even brush her hair and her head had become totally matted.

She told Olsson that the only time she got up was to use the restroom and that she “felt so down and so worthless she couldn’t even brush her hair.”

She was headed back to school and wanted to have her hair shaved off. The hairdresser was heartbroken by the teenager’s story but saw a chance to do some good. Her actions brought some joy into the young girl’s life.


Olsson refused to cut all of the girl’s hair, instead, she spent 13 hours over the course of two days to create a beautiful new hairstyle.

She documented the process and clicked some photos before and after the new hairstyle. The process involved hours of washing, combing, and trimming to take the young girl from matted and messy to perfectly curled tresses.

She then decided to share her experience with the world and posted the story and photos on social media.


The story was able to touch hearts of many people. The Facebook post garnered over 68,000 shares and 9,000 comments after it was posted on August 8, 2017.

Many commented positively for not only transforming the teenager’s hair but for being a part of the girl’s recovery.

The girl had been living with severe depression. She was bedridden and was unable to take care of herself. Olsson called it “one of the hardest” experiences in her career.


The story was also carried by several websites and media outlets.

The hairdresser also took the opportunity to discuss the fact that many suffer from mental health issues. She hoped it was a lesson for all and it would help people take it more seriously as it affects everyone around the world.

She described the young girl’s last words before she left the salon on the second day. She told Olsson, “I will actually smile for my school pictures today, you made me feel like me again.”

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