News | International
23 Aug 2017 2:42
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Hairdresser transforms depressed teen's matted hair so she can smile again for school photos

    A US teenager who says she has been battling severe depression for years asks a hairdresser to cut off her hair because she felt "so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair".

    A hairdresser has helped a teen battling depression who felt "so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair".

    The 16-year-old from Waterloo in Iowa, US approached Kayley Olsson to cut all her hair off because the teen couldn't "deal with the pain of combing it out", according to the stylist's Facebook post.

    "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.

    "She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair."

    The teenager starts back at school in a couple of weeks and was attempting to fix her hair for school photos.

    Ms Olsson said the story broke her heart and she refused to cut the girl's hair off, instead spending 13 hours over two days with another hairdresser detangling and styling the girl's hair.

    "I will actually smile for my school pictures today, you made me feel like me again," the girl told Ms Olsson.

    The process was captured and posted on Facebook, but Ms Olsson was careful not to reveal the teenager's identity.

    The hairdresser hoped the story would urge parents to take their children's mental health seriously.

    "Don't just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can't," she said.

    The post sparked a flood of comments from people who have also experienced the debilitating effects of mental illness.

    "I can honestly relate to this. I get into such deep ruts, I stop washing my hair and when I take showers I just ignore it because I don't have the mentality or strength to wash it," Makayla Butler wrote.

    "This touched me so much as my daughter has depression with anxiety and doesn't take care of herself like she should. If only she could see her worth through the eyes of those who love her most," Jody Holland wrote.

    © 2017 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved

     Other International News
     22 Aug: Donald Trump's Afghanistan strategy exactly what US military wants, David Kilcullen says
     22 Aug: Barcelona terrorist attack: What we know
     22 Aug: Calls to replace Confederate statue with 'homegrown hero' Missy Elliott gather steam
     22 Aug: Donald Trump looked directly at the eclipse, ignoring his own government's safety advice
     22 Aug: Peter Madsen: Did a Danish entrepreneur sink his homemade submarine with a journalist aboard?
     22 Aug: North Korea warns Australia over joint military exercises with US and South Korea
     21 Aug: Fire tears through Port Moresby village leaving at least 150 homeless
     Top Stories

    Wallabies' skills - they're coming More...

    Greencross makes inroads into pet market More...

     Today's News

    Donald Trump's Afghanistan strategy exactly what US military wants, David Kilcullen says 22:57

    Law and Order:
    Barcelona terrorist attack: What we know 22:17

    Law and Order:
    Man with machete in Waiheke Island robbery 21:57

    Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy is “the best big sister” to her newborn twins 21:46

    Law and Order:
    Tongariro pair remain missing 10 days on 21:17

    Ric Flair is “doing better” since his recent emergency surgery 21:16

    Sarah Silverman has remembered her late mother in an emotional tribute 20:46

    Serena Williams has been craving vegetables during her pregnancy 20:16

    Gwendoline Christie was told she would “probably never” make it as an actor because of the way she looks 19:46

    Jade Goody was a “lifesaver” to her sons after she helped put out a fire on a family holiday 19:16

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd