Husband Learns To Style His Wife's Hair After She Had A Stroke

When Andrew saw how much joy the new hairstyle brought his wife Theresa, he made it his mission to recreate the 'do every day.

When two people get married, they typically commit to support one another "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health." In the case of Andrew and Theresa, however, this devoted husband took what some might consider "worse" and made things "better" for his wife who had suffered a stroke over a decade ago.

According to the Texas couple's family, it all started when their three children gave Theresa a gift certificate to the Foundry Salon in New Braunfels for Mother's Day. "She got her hair done and fell in love with it," the couple's son, Steve, told TODAY. "Well, that next morning, she took a shower and it fell down … She couldn't get it back to the way they had styled it."

Once Andrew saw how much joy the new hairstyle brought his wife, he knew he wanted her to feel this beautiful every day. He returned to the salon the very next day and started buying products he hoped would help recreate the look at home. 

You see, 18 years ago, Theresa suffered a stroke, leaving her unable to style her own hair, so Andrew was determined to achieve the look for his wife of 45 years.

Theresa's hairstylist, Andrea Gomez, quickly realized what Andrew was doing, and offered to give Andrew a styling lesson so that he could do Theresa's hair himself. Andrew and Theresa returned to the salon, at which point another stylist, Raigen Kelley, captured the heartwarming lesson on video and posted the now-viral video to her Facebook (below) — a video that's been viewed more than 9 million times as of publication.

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"At first, I think we just didn't know what was going on, because we saw a gentleman behind the chair asking questions," Nicci Meyer, the salon's operations coordinator, told TODAY. "And once we found out, it was just one of those moments ... and you look around and everyone was tearing up and crying."

"He wanted to make sure he had the right tools to do it. He asked a lot of questions," she added. "He really wanted to make sure that he was doing a good job for her, and that she would love the end result as much as she did when she left the salon."

But, as Steve explained, this isn't out of the ordinary for his father, as he's remained by Theresa's side practically non-stop since her stroke. "My dad has really been her caretaker," Steve, told TODAY. "He has had no problem, never complained once."

Andrew also took a job as a bus driver nearly three years ago, as it allows him to care for Theresa during the day. "He goes to work at six and gets off at 8:30, gets home, and gets her breakfast, fed, and bathed," Steve added. "They do lunch, and then he goes back to work from two to five, then he comes home for dinner ... and takes care of her and gets her ready for bed."

Of course, while Andrew and Theresa were initially overwhelmed by the fact that the video had gone viral, Steve explained that, in a world where bad news rules the airwaves, they should be proud to know that their story made people cry happy tears. "There's so much bad stuff that everybody wants to see in this world. And for the first time that I can see in a while, people actually enjoyed something nice."

After all, as Kelley wrote in her Facebook post, Andrew's selfless actions are "proof that true love actually exists." 

"[It was] truly one of the best things I have been able to witness in my life," she added. "Brought tears to my eyes... what an amazing man and what a lucky woman."

Cover image via Jacob Lund / Shutterstock

(H/T: TODAY)

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