My hair has been like this for about a month now... it's not by choice."
When Tessica Brown ran out of hairspray and decided to use something else, the social media influencer had no idea just how much she would have to suffer. Earlier in February 2021, Brown took to Instagram and Tiktok to share that her hair had been glued in place, hard, for about a month, and not by choice. Her explanation? She had run out of her usual Got2B Glued hair spray, so she opted for something else: Gorilla Glue adhesive spray, that was not meant for hair, according to Insider. And this is when her problems started.
Ever since she applied the spray, Brown hasn't been able to get the glue out of her hair. The strands have glued together into a shiny helmet and seemed to show no sign of letting lose anytime soon. And she has washed her hair "about 15 times," since using the Gorilla glue. Brown told her followers "don't ever, ever use this on your hair," while holding up the bottle of Gorilla Glue.
As more and more people became invested in her story, they tried sharing tips and tricks to help her out with her predicament. At one point, the influencer told her followers she would be trying a method including dousing her hair in tea tree oil and plastic-wrapping it only for it to be an "epic fail."
Medical professionals on social media also attempted to help Brown by suggesting ways to get the Gorilla Glue out, including using acetone which ended up burning her scalp and making the situation worse. Even singer Beyonce's hairstylist offered her services. But nothing else was working either. All of Brown's attempts finally landed her in an emergency room and Brown shared a snippet of someone adding unknown substances to her hair. In the clip, she seems to be uncomfortable as she squirms around in the chair and covers her face. TMZ reported that she had spent 22 hours in the emergency room.
In the meantime, Gorilla Glue released a statement on Twitter sharing their concern and regret over Brown's problem.
We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on her hair. We are glad to see in her recent video that Miss Brown has received medical treatment from her local medical facility and wish her the best. pic.twitter.com/SoCvwxdrGc— Gorilla Glue (@GorillaGlue) February 8, 2021
But this was not enough to appease the harrowed influencer. Starting a GoFundMe campaign with an original goal of $1,500, she instead made $17,451 (at the time of publishing this article) though the intention of it's use was not specified. TMZ also reported that she is considering legal action. While she said the label on the bottle she used mentioned keeping the product away from skin, eyes, clothing, it had no caution against using the adhesive on her hair. "Tessica felt it was okay because the product said multi-use," the publication wrote.
Still suffering the effects of the adhesive, the young woman managed to find some relief when she and her friend used "Goof Off" superglue remover to try and rid her hair of Gorilla Glue. And it worked to some effect, as per TMZ. Carefully, albeit painfully, Brown's friend managed to cut off her ponytail. Despite this, the influencer mentioned that her scalp was still hardening and told her followers that she was planning to travel to Los Angeles when a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon had offered up his help free of charge, according to NY Post.
Dr. Michael Obeng told Brown he could fix her hair using medical-grade glue remover in a procedure that could take three days. However, it’s unclear if Obeng is the surgeon she was referring to in her Instagram post. As for the glue itself, it is only intended to be used with products like wood, laminate, fabric, paper and cardboard. Not on the human body, and certainly not hair.