Hairstylist gives teen struggling with depression an amazing makeover


When the 16-year-old came in on the second day, she asked Olsson and her team to cut off all of her hair. She had fully given up and felt “worthless” because she thought the situation was a lost cause, but Olsson had a different idea.


Olsson and a fellow stylist got to work on the client’s hair and it proved to be a challenging task. “We just kept combing and combing and combing,” she told TODAY.


A prolonged lack of care resulted in a head of matted and tangled hair that was too painful to brush out. The teen said she felt “worthless” because of the state of her tresses.


Olsson, 20, recently posted photos on Facebook of the before and after hair transformation that she and a fellow stylist did for the teen, who had been dealing with depression for the past few years. The anonymous client, whose privacy has been protected by Olsson, shared the details of her difficult journey.


Kayley Olsson, a hairstylist based in Waterloo, Iowa, and her fellow student-stylists at Capri College helped to give a 16-year-old client suffering from depression a very special makeover for her school picture day.