High school freshman Hannah Combs loved her hair—it was long, full, and chocolate brown. But weeks after school started, a meanspirited act from a fellow student made her shave it off.
Hannah had been meeting with friends right outside the school building when a boy came up from behind her and poured a whole container of superglue right onto her head—soaking her hair and scalp.
“It instantly started burning,” Hannah told KDH News. “It felt like my head was on fire. It was horrible.”
A friend quickly called her parents and she headed to the nurse’s office for help, and all the while it felt like “a sunburn times ten.” Then Hannah’s parents took her took a doctor, where she was treated for first-degree chemical burns on her scalp.
“I realized I lost my favorite thing about me,” Hannah said.
Her parents were horribly upset, and the incident set off a standstill between her family and the school, raising issues of whether and how students should be punished after such an act.
In a bid to raise awareness, they created the hashtag #JusticeForHannah to spread her story and raise awareness and support against bullying.
A local stylist named Nikki caught wind of what had happened to Hannah, and offered to transform her lost beloved locks into another beautiful hairstyle.
Nikki helped Hannah shave off her hair.
And the transformation was amazing.
Her new look gave her the boost of confidence she needed after the superglue attack at school. With the transformation came more messages of support—and even messages from people who had been through things similar to Hannah, and wished they had the courage to speak out about it.
Hannah then realized her new purpose, and found something else she could love about herself.
“It makes me want to help other people,” Hannah said. “There are people who couldn’t stand up for themselves but they talk to me about it. It makes me want to help. It’s amazing how many people are supporting me.”