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Woman Helps Daughter’s Friend With Her Matted Hair, Her Dad’s Fiancée Now Says She Owes Her Money
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Woman Saves Daughter's Friend's Matted Hair From Being Cut Off, Ends Up As The Bad Guy

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Parents will do anything they can to help their children, and sometimes, that means extending a hand to their kids’ friends as well. But how far should they go in helping someone else’s child?

Below, you’ll find a story that was recently shared on Reddit, detailing how one mother found herself in hot water after simply trying to help her young daughter’s friend, as well as some of the replies readers have shared.

This mom didn’t hesitate after her daughter’s friend reached out asking for help with her hair

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But not everyone was thrilled with the girl’s newly detangled hair

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Later, the mom provided an update with more details on the situation

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Mental health issues can often take a toll on an individual’s personal hygiene

In a perfect world, we would all have soft, clean and healthy hair. But in reality, it’s not always possible to look like the models in a shampoo commercial. And among the many factors that can impact personal hygiene and the health of a person’s hair is the state of their mental health. The mom who shared this story noted that A’s matted hair was the result of a depressive episode, which is perfectly understandable.

According to Healthline, is it common for mental health issues to manifest in an individual neglecting their personal hygiene. Depression often causes immense fatigue and a lack of motivation. Getting out of bed and into the shower to wash your hair can feel impossible when you barely even have the strength to stay awake. 

Brushing hair can also be a challenge for a depressed individual; it might even be physically painful. As time goes on, these tasks can seem even more daunting, as brushing or shampooing your hair will likely become more difficult after days or weeks of not doing it.   

With patience, matted hair can typically be detangled

When it comes to matted hair, although it’s not ideal, Healthline notes that it’s not always necessary to treat the problem with a drastic cut. It may be possible to detangle the hair through saturating it with a detangling or moisturizing conditioner, loosening it gently by hand then with a comb, rinsing it with cool water, and then combing through the hair again. 

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Once hair has been detangled, future matting can be prevented by regularly brushing and washing the hair, using moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, sleeping with hair in a silk scarf or bonnet, trimming the ends of the hair regularly and using protein treatments on the hair from time to time.  

While A’s hair in this particular story was impacted by her health issues, she’s only a 13-year-old girl, so she should not be held fully responsible for her own hygiene. And according to the Child Protection Company, seeing a kid with poor personal hygiene, such as unwashed or matted hair, might be a red flag that they’re experiencing neglect.

Parents are responsible for their children’s hygiene, and ignoring it can be considered neglect

BetterHelp explains that child neglect is “when a parent fails to provide sufficient emotional, physical, or financial support for their child,” and it can have long-term psychological impacts on an individual. Parents are responsible for providing for and protecting their kids. So if they’re not ensuring that their little ones are healthy, housed and fed and clean, they are increasing their risk of developing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression or PTSD.

When it comes to how kids and their parents can support friends who appear to be neglected by their own parents, Kids Help Phone recommends being there to listen to them, showing them support, reaching out to see how you can help, believing what the friend tells you and checking in with them frequently. And as a parent, if you feel it’s necessary to involve authorities or a third party, don’t hesitate to reach out to a hotline such as the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline.

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Readers assured the mother that she did nothing wrong by trying to help her daughter’s friend

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Libstak
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

C is a see you next Tuesday, who is now collecting her stuff from dads home on the weekend, woo hoo. She never had to cancel could have had A's hair trimmed or a professional conditioning treatment could have been done. She was upset she no longer had an excuse to chop off the kids hair. The truth came out, dad stepped up and hopefully she is well out of their lives now.

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Zoe Vokes
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A’s father gave OP his work phone number because C had been screening and deleting messages when they started dating. And he carried on dating her? He must have been so lonely and desperate for a partner that he was ignoring a ton of red flags early on.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree with a previous poster that C was really just mad because she wanted to humiliate the girl. Think of the opportunities: at the salon with her hair matted, she probably thought she could bully the styist into giving a bad haircut, when that didn't work, she'd insist on the least flattering cut possible and then have to "fix" it at home, gets to send the girl to school with disastrous hair AND gets to ridicule the girl about how bad her hair was for infinity. It sounds like the dad is tossing the girlfriend and good riddance. He was in no way ready to be in a relationship if he's still incapable of noticing that his daughter can't get a comb through her hair.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have been through the hair stuff with my own daughter and we always just pick something on TV, I get good detangler, and we power through it. It sounds like the dad had his eyes opened to his girlfriend's s****y behavior and is hopefully kicking her to the curb.

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Jeevesssssss
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you want recommendations, get a product for horses off Amazon (you want to search 'mane and tail conditioner'). They come in big spray bottles and are capable of dealing with a coarse, thick, mud-covered mane/tail tangled to hell with twigs and whatever c**p they can roll in. They smell nice too.

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Libstak
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

C is a see you next Tuesday, who is now collecting her stuff from dads home on the weekend, woo hoo. She never had to cancel could have had A's hair trimmed or a professional conditioning treatment could have been done. She was upset she no longer had an excuse to chop off the kids hair. The truth came out, dad stepped up and hopefully she is well out of their lives now.

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Zoe Vokes
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A’s father gave OP his work phone number because C had been screening and deleting messages when they started dating. And he carried on dating her? He must have been so lonely and desperate for a partner that he was ignoring a ton of red flags early on.

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Fight Hypocrites
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree with a previous poster that C was really just mad because she wanted to humiliate the girl. Think of the opportunities: at the salon with her hair matted, she probably thought she could bully the styist into giving a bad haircut, when that didn't work, she'd insist on the least flattering cut possible and then have to "fix" it at home, gets to send the girl to school with disastrous hair AND gets to ridicule the girl about how bad her hair was for infinity. It sounds like the dad is tossing the girlfriend and good riddance. He was in no way ready to be in a relationship if he's still incapable of noticing that his daughter can't get a comb through her hair.

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BarkingSpider
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have been through the hair stuff with my own daughter and we always just pick something on TV, I get good detangler, and we power through it. It sounds like the dad had his eyes opened to his girlfriend's s****y behavior and is hopefully kicking her to the curb.

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Jeevesssssss
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you want recommendations, get a product for horses off Amazon (you want to search 'mane and tail conditioner'). They come in big spray bottles and are capable of dealing with a coarse, thick, mud-covered mane/tail tangled to hell with twigs and whatever c**p they can roll in. They smell nice too.

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