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Hairdressers refuse to shave depressed teen's matted hair

Tuesday 8th August 2017

By Georgina Rannard

 

Beauty rituals may not be the first thing you think about in relation to mental health, but when an American hairdresser told her story about a teenage client with depression, thousands responded.

Kayley Olsson, a 20-year-old student hairdresser in Waterloo, Iowa, posted on Facebook on Tuesday about a girl who came into her salon with densely matted and tangled hair.

“Today I had one of the hardest experiences – I had a 16-year-girl come in who has been dealing with severe depression for a few years now,” Kayley wrote in the post, which has been shared over 55,000 times.

 

The teenager had a school photograph scheduled and she asked the salon to cut off all her hair because she couldn’t face the pain of combing out the matted knots and tangles.

The women untangled and combed the teenager’s hair for 10 hours, spending two days with her.

 

“It took a lot of encouraging words, reassurance, and just plain conversation to take her mind off of the pain involved in removing the matting and to boost her self esteem and confidence.

 

 

To read the full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40887208?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/814465c5-404b-4c88-889f-45907ba1f402/mental-health&link_location=live-reporting-story