Story — Man Sends Letter to Hairdresser After his Wife Dies

"Hairstylists & Barbers are some of the best therapists in the mental health world & they probably don't even know it."

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A husband, who is mourning from the loss of his wife, sent a touching letter to a hairdresser named Sara. He just wanted to let the hairdresser know that his wife's final visit was one of the last "best moments" of her life.

In his letter, the man admitted that although it was "a little bit awkward," he had waited "a really long time" to pass on the message. He said that shortly before Christmas in 2019, he and his wife went to Sara's salon for haircuts.

"My wife was suffering from dementia," he wrote, "and you treated her as if you'd been working with dementia patients all your life."

The man explained that Sara let them sit next to each other. When it came time for his wife's cut, Sara turned her chair towards him, so he could watch her expression as Sara cut her hair.

Clarifying why the simple act had meant so much, the man expressed: "It turned out even better than I thought it would. Sadly, she died in March. And that haircut was one of the last, best moments of her life."

"She felt so pretty," he added. "She visited the mirror in the bathroom several times during the day and would come out beaming. To see her happy was so priceless."

The man continued, "Looking back, it was likely one of dozens of haircuts you gave that day. But one which revitalised a woman's sense of self and her singular beauty. I hope you realised the power of your profession. It's so easy to take things like that for granted."

The letter, which dated June 27, 2020, was originally posted to Reddit. It was signed by a "grateful customer."

Many users were touched by the letter. They immediately expressed their feelings in the comment section.

One person wrote, "Hairstylists & Barbers are some of the best therapists in the mental health world & they probably don't even know it."

"This makes me feel so much better," added another. "Just after I got out of a 25-year marriage with increasing DV/IPV, I treated myself to a haircut. Normally, I'm pretty private, but when this stylist that I had never met before said, 'How's life treating you today?' I spilled my guts. She was so kind even though I kept apologizing for the overshare! She's become my regular stylist and I hope she's still there when I go back."

Someone else commented that we often don't notice the impact we have on one another at the moment.

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