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A man who recently lost his wife wrote a heartfelt letter to her hairdresser to express his gratitude for that “priceless” haircut that meant so much.

The hairdresser, Sara, shared the letter written by the appreciative widower. The man wanted to make sure Sara knew what an impact she had made that day on both of them. To Sara it may have been just another haircut in her busy day, but to an ailing woman it was one of the ‘last, best moments of her life’.


The letter reads:

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 no 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 dozens of haircuts you gave that day. But one which revitalized a woman’s sense of self and her singular beauty. I hope you always realize the power of your profession.

It’s so easy to take things like that for granted.


A grateful customer

It’s the little things in life that make a big difference. People are always so quick to tell a person or business about their negative experience. Let’s remember that sharing a positive experience could really change someone’s day.