Gabriela Herstik
August 11, 2017 11:53 am

Getting our hair done is a spiritual experience. We’re taking time to reshape how we look and how we feel about ourselves, all while cleansing and honoring our crown. For most of us, the connection we share with our hairdresser is a special one. Though they may not see us as often as our closest friends, there’s still a special trust that makes the bond unique.

There’s also a responsibility in being a hairdresser. Kayley Olson proves this with her viral Facebook post about helping a client with severe depression fix her hair, so she could feel more like herself again.

In the Facebook post, Kayley, a hairdresser from Waterloo, Iowa, describes her experience fixing the hair of a 16-year-old girl with severe depression.

She spent over 13 hours, spread over two days, fixing the girl’s hair to get her ready for picture day. The girl’s depression was so all-encompassing that she couldn’t even brush her hair, and was too embarrassed to try to fix it. Thankfully, Kayley got to work, and the results are striking.

The lesson is that mental health is real, and that it’s important for parents to recognize if their kids are struggling. It’s even more important that they do something about it.

This is the kind of viral post we love seeing. With over 138,000 likes and 60,000 shares, this post serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health. The best part is that we know this girl is leaving with a smile on herself, and finally feeling more like herself again.