Hairstylist helps teen with depression – #WATWB


Thank you for joining us for another month of the We Are The World Blogfest where we spotlight positive news instead of the more popular negative news. And, we want to thank this month’s hosts for all of their hard work! Simon Falk, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese.

If you’ve followed me or my blog over the past few years, you know I wrote a book about depression, and then I did a month on my blog about #youarenotalone. I came across this article on Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Twitter page, and I knew I had to share it.

A young girl walked into a salon to get her hair cut before school. She shared with the hairstylist that she was to depressed to even brush her hair. All she could do was get up and use the restroom. The young girl just wanted all her hair cut off, nothing special, but the hairstylist had other plans. They spent eight hours working to help this young girl out.


Recognizing that this young girl deserved the best treatment the salon had to offer, Olsson made sure they took good care of her. They worked on her hair for eight hours, doing everything in their power to help this girl feel good about her upcoming school pictures.

“At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people. MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it effects people all around the world and of all ages! PARENTS take it serious don’t just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can’t. A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair,” Olsson wrote.

Read the full story here.

I honestly believe we should help everyone with depression realize that they aren’t alone; that they’re worthy; and that they are human. It’s my goal as an author and just a person to help anyone I can see their worth, so this story really resonates with me. I hope this was a beacon to that young girl, a reminder that she is not alone and that she is worthy. ❤

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13 thoughts on “Hairstylist helps teen with depression – #WATWB

  1. I read the article Emerald and it is truly wonderful. I agree that depression can get one so down that taking care of simple things like brushing one’s own hair can seem impossible. How wonderful that the salon gave her a reason to feel better about herself! Thank you for sharing it!

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  2. I agree with the stylist that you can’t simply tell someone to “get over” depression. I don’t understand it, but I’ve seen how it has horribly affected people like this young girl. The stylist was truly a Godsend to her, making her feel like a person and getting her to smile for her class photos. I hope that the girl received the help that she needs as this will probably be a life-long struggle for her. Thanks for the story Emerald!

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  3. Beautiful story Emerald! Kudos to this stylist for not only recognising that this girl was suffering but for helping her. This stylist has made a difference in her life by showing that people understand and doing what she can to make her life a bit easier. Thanks so much for sharing this! #WATWB 🙂

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  4. Kudos to this stylist (and the other salon workers) who showed great understanding and compassion and created a literal difference for this teenager – what a blessing! There is such a tremendous need for adequate support for those suffering from depression, and I hope we find our way as a society to do that widely and soon. But in the meantime, we all need to pay attention and make sure our most vulnerable populations feel neither alone or worthless.

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  5. hilarymb

    Hi Emerald – I had read this story … but having it highlighted by you has made it sink in and I will remember it … thank goodness for the wonderful positivity of the stylist … and the teenager must be feeling so so much better … cheers Hilary

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  6. I’m not sure how I missed this last month, but I’m glad I saw it today! My daughter (now 17) has suffered from depression over the past year or so, and at her worst, she was flirting with the idea of self-harm and unable to take care of the most basic daily tasks. I remember sitting down with her one day and taking almost an hour just to comb through her hair. She has often pointed back to that moment as when she knew without a doubt that she was loved, even though we say the words in our household on a regular basis.

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