Woman Who Sprayed Gorilla Glue on Her Hair Shows Off Curls
Tessica Brown Shows Off Her Healthy Curls 4 Months After Viral Gorilla Glue Mistake
Update, June 8, 2021: Just four months after being catapulted to viral fame for accidentally spraying Gorilla Glue on her hair, Tessica Brown gave her fans an update on the state of her hair — and it looks as healthy as ever. Following her viral TikTok back in February where she admitted her hair had been stuck in the same style for three weeks because she applied Gorilla Glue — a super-strength adhesive — to it, Brown eventually had the glue removed by a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been following her journey, and on June 4, Brown shared a selfie video running her fingers through her curls and showing off the growth she's managed to retain over the last few months.
"It's the hair for me," she captioned it. Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng, who removed the glue for Brown back in February, showed his support for the video by writing, "You look superb" in the comments.
Stiff where????? Ma hair 🤬🤬♬ original sound - Tessica Brown
Update, Feb. 11, 2021: Tessica Brown, who became a viral sensation last week for admitting via social media that she used Gorilla Glue as hairspray, is now recovering after getting the glue removed by a plastic surgeon. As nearly the entire internet followed along in awe as updates of Brown's story continued to flood social media, Brown, who resides in Louisiana, was flown out to California this week to receive treatment at the hands of Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng.
Dr. Obeng, who owns Miko Plastic Surgery and has a background in chemistry, explained to TMZ that when he first heard about the story, he looked up the chemical compound of Gorilla Glue and found out that the main ingredient in the product is polyurethane. With that in mind, he created a cocktail of ingredients that could dissolve the glue: medical-grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil, and "a little acetone."
He tested the concoction on a fake head (with human hair attached) that he also coated in the industrial adhesive. "All of this was matted down," he explained in a video. "We sprayed [it], and it started untangling, and I knew we had a product that would work."
The full treatment took about four hours to complete, and even though it wasn't your typical under-the-knife procedure, Brown was put under light anesthesia. According to TMZ, the procedure also would normally cost around $12,000, but Dr. Obeng offered to remove the glue for free after hearing Brown's story.
Update, Feb. 4, 2021: Tessica Brown has now sought out medical treatment in her final efforts to remove the Gorilla Glue from her hair. Now that half the internet is closely following her story and sincerely hoping for a relatively happy ending for her, Brown has been giving updates on her condition via Instagram and TikTok, where she now has over half a million followers. She revealed over the weekend that, after spending a month trying various at-home remedies, she headed to a hospital for professional help.
In the days following Brown's admission, dozens of people — including a few chemists and dermatologists — have expressed worry over the woman's condition and have advised that the only thing that may be able to break down the glue is acetone. According to another TikTok video shared by Brown, the hospital gave her acetone wipes and sterile water to use at home, though she revealed in her first interview since going viral that every time she attempts to use it, her scalp begins to burn.
At this point, there's no telling how or when this story will end, but we're still hoping for the best possible outcome for Brown and that her scalp experiences very minimal damage when it's all said and done.
Original story: A woman is going viral on social media after sharing a TikTok video detailing a hair mishap that . . . well . . . you'll just have to see to believe. Tessica Brown explained in the clip that her hair is stuck in its current style — a low, braided ponytail — because she applied Gorilla Glue to it a few weeks ago.
"My hair has been like this for about a month now — it's not by choice," she said in the clip. When Brown typically does her hair, she explained, she uses Got2b Glued Freeze Spray, a popular hairspray that's typically used to keep certain hairstyles and lace wigs in place. On this day in particular though, while styling herself, Brown had run out of the freeze spray and instead sprayed Gorilla Glue on her hair thinking that it'd be a useful alternative — she quickly realized that it wasn't, and her hair ended up getting stuck.
"It don't move," she said. "I've washed my hair 15 times, and it don't move!" Brown later followed up with a second video of herself attempting to wash the glue out of her hair to no avail. The first video has since racked up over four million views on TikTok, and because of the whole snafu, the term "Gorilla Glue" is now trending on Twitter.
Gorilla Glue is a household adhesive that's well-known for being incredibly strong — like, strong enough to bond broken pieces of furniture and hardware back together. "We do not recommend using Gorilla Glue's Spray Adhesive or any of our products in hair as they are considered permanent," the company told POPSUGAR. "Our Gorilla Spray Adhesive clearly states on our packaging that it dries permanent and forms a heavy duty bond."
We're not exactly sure, but we're going to guess that Brown's decision to use the glue on her hair in the first place may have had something to do with her confusing Gorilla Glue with Gorilla Snot, another type of hair gel known for its extreme holding abilities. Either way, we're sure this whole ordeal has been pretty devastating for her, and we're hoping she finds a solution sooner than later.