This year, we’ve really appreciated the value of our hairdressers.
Salons might offer a quick beauty treatment, but the job they do can really affect people’s confidence and happiness.
One hairdresser, who went above and beyond, was touched to receive a heartwarming letter after she provided exemplary service.
Sara Verkuilen from Virginia, U.S, received a personal note from a widower who said his wife, who had dementia, was delighted with her haircut.
The man also revealed that she had sadly passed away since the beauty appointment in December last year.
But it meant a great deal to her and her husband said it was ‘the last best moment of her life’.
The devoted partner loved watching his wife feel more confident and wanted to tell Sara how great her service had been.
Sara was moved by the letter and shared it on her Facebook, saying ‘This is why I love what I do. Thank you for this letter.’
The sender, who didn’t leave his name, wrote: ‘Dear Sara,
‘This is a little bit awkward. But I’ve waited a really long time to pass this on to you.
‘My wife and I came in for haircuts shortly before Christmas of last year. My wife was suffering from dementia, and you treated her as if you’d been working with dementia patients all your life.
‘You let us sit next to each other, and when it came time for her cut you turned her chair towards me so I could watch her expression as you cut her hair.
‘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.
‘She visited the mirror in her bathroom several times during the day and would come out beaming.
‘To see her so happy was priceless.
‘Looking back, it was likely one of the dozens of haircuts you gave that day. But one which revitalised a woman’s sense of self and her singular beauty. I hope you always realise the power of your profession.
‘It’s so easy to take things like that for granted.
‘Sincerely, a grateful customer.’
Sara’s employer Hair Cuttery was also moved by the letter and shared the post on its Facebook page.
The company wrote: ‘When stories like this come out, we are all reminded of why we chose to do this.
‘We couldn’t be prouder to have Sara be a part of Hair Cuttery family of brands.’