Iowa hairdresser makes depressed teen smile again after fixing her matted hair

Heartbreaking reason teen needed 13-hour hairstyling session

This Viral Hair Transformation Photo Shows What Depression Looks Like

Kayley Olsson, a student hairdresser in Waterloo, recounted on Facebook how a young girl came into a salon and told her she felt so worthless she couldn't even manage to brush her own hair.

"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", Olsson wrote in her post.

The depressed teen also told the student hairstylist that she rarely even got of bed, only doing so when it was absolutely necessary. She says the young girl says those shares have made her feel that she is not alone. "She felt so down and so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair".

'She starts back at school in a few weeks but she has her school pictures today. "We just kept combing and combing and combing", she told TODAY.

Taking the matter and the depressed girl's matted hair into her hands, Olsson worked her magic, snipping and trimming the teenager's locks back to life.

"I had a 16-year [old] girl come in who has been dealing with severe depression for a few years now", Ms Olsson's Facebook post read.

"I was heartbroken. I know what if feels like to feel worthless and depressed". It was kind of wake up call. She wanted to help.

Many commenters praised Olsson for her dedication to her client.

Continue scrolling to see the hairstyle along with Kayley's note. "But you took the time and invested time she needed to be invested in her for her to know she has beauty and value", said one follower. "It honestly broke my heart, and we tried everything we could to keep this child's hair for her".

Kayley shared a before photo of the young girl's hair as well as two after photos that are absolutely stunning.

"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 of the experience.

"When I showed her the final result in the mirror, she said [to me], 'I am going to smile in my school pictures".

The unnamed teen asked Olsson to just shave her head in time for her school's picture day but the hairdresser refused and spent 13 hours fixing it for her.

A hairstylist in the United States has gone viral with a Facebook post showing the before and after photos of the hairstyle of a teenager with depression.

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