Hairdresser transforms depressed teen's matted hair for school photos

This unnamed depressed teenager asked her hairdresser to shave off her matted hair on Monday in Waterloo Iowa. The 16-year-old said she felt so worthless that she couldn't even bring herself to brush her hair

This unnamed depressed teenager asked her hairdresser to shave off her matted hair on Monday in Waterloo Iowa. The 16-year-old said she felt so worthless that she couldn't even bring herself to brush her hair

Olsson says when the 16-year-old girl walked into the salon Monday she asked for the stylists to cut it off.

"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.

But the hairdresser from Waterloo, Iowa, wasn't being rude.

Touched by the young girl's plight, the hairdresser refused to shave off her hair and instead spent 13 hours fixing it for her instead.

Olsson began her story by saying it was one of the most challenging experiences that she ever had and said she chose to keep the teen anonymous. A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair.After being here 8 hours yesterday and 5 hours today we finally made this attractive girl smile and feel like she IS worth something! The salon says the young woman was pleading for her hair to be fixed in time for her school pictures Tuesday night. "We just kept combing and combing and combing", she told TODAY.

"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", Olson said.

Stress and depression often appear together. "MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it [affects] people all around the world and of all ages!"

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

'A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair.

"After being here for eight hours yesterday and five hours today, we finally made this attractive girl smile and feel like she IS worth something".

Olsson also said the story ended on a good note.

"You did a lovely job". Most people who have taken the easy way and just cut her hair and told her stat (sic) fresh. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that in 2015, almost one in five us adults dealt with some kind of mental illness in the past year, and 16.1 million adults (roughly 6.7 percent of the entire USA population) experienced at least one major depressive episode in that time.

Recent studies show that depression rates have rocketed among young people, 11.3 per cent of 12- to 17-year-olds have untreated depression, up from 8.7 per cent in 2005.