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The Predicament of “Gorilla Glue Girl”


Gorilla glue girl, A girl who used gorilla glue as hairspray substitute and now her hair won’t budge. 

It all started when Tessica Brown, a 40-year-old Louisiana woman, ran out of Got2B Glued hairspray, a popular freeze blast spray and decided to use gorilla glue instead of hair spray, thinking they would have the same effects.

However, once she realized her mistake decided to share her dilemma with TikTok on Thursday, which horrified the 18 million people who have since watched her video on the platform.

“For those who know me, my hair has been like this for a month now. It’s not by choice, no. It’s not by choice,” she said in her original TikTok. “When I do my hair, I like to finish it off with some Got2B glue spray, you know, to keep it in place. Well, I didn’t have any Got2B glue spray, so I used this… Gorilla Glue spray. Bad, bad, BAD idea.”

To make things worse, Brown then shared that she tried to wash it off but it wouldn’t budge she said she had washed her hair “15 times and it don’t move”, before urging her followers to “don’t ever, ever use [Gorilla Glue spray] unless you want your hair to be like this forever.” “My hair has been like this for about a month now — it’s not by choice,” she said in the video.

Instantly after this video people’s concern and confusion over how she could ever think that the swap would be a good thing, came flooding in the comments. 

“You got 2B kidding me,” wrote one person. “You got 2B smarter than that sis,” said another. “Girl you done created a helmet,” quipped others. Meanwhile, some tried to look on the bright side for Brown, commented that “at least you on fleek 24/7” and noted that “at least it’s cute”.

Next day she made a follow-up video after seeing how intrigued everyone was. By uploading that video she proved that she was lying and in fact, her hair was really not budging. After rubbing the shampoo on her scalp, she then scrubbed and scratched her hair, before wiping the shampoo off with absolute zero movements. “Watch, look y’all. You wipe it off and nothing happens. Like, this is the life I’m living at this point. Look. Look. Look. Look,” she worriedly said.

After going viral many social media users offered advice and support to Ms Brown, like putting coconut oil and tea tree oil on her scalp overnight.  She later posted on Instagram that a combination of tea tree oil and coconut oil that she left on her head overnight was an “epic fail.”

A number of tips and tricks also poured in by the worried Skin and hair experts. Tierra Milton, the owner of She and Her Hair Studio on Staten Island, said, “I wouldn’t even try to salvage it because we’re talking about an industrial product that is used for other purposes besides hair.” “Women all across the board, all walks of life, should seek professional help when it comes to hair care regimens.”

On Saturday, Ms Brown posted a video of the St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, La., and shared a photo of herself on a hospital bed.

After seeing this misfortunate predicament, in an apology Gorilla glue stated, “We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on her hair,” Gorilla Glue said in a statement on Sunday. It called what happened a “unique situation” because the product was not intended to be used “in or on hair” because it is considered permanent.

“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,” it said.

While there have been no updates about the success or failure of her medical treatment as of yet, TMZ reports that Brown has hired a lawyer and is “weighing her legal options against Gorilla Glue”. Despite Gorilla Glue not being suitable for hair, the packaging for the adhesive spray does not specifically mention hair in their warning. Even if she doesn’t file a lawsuit she still managed to make some cash off this fame and pain. After opening a GoFundMe yesterday, Tessica Brown has already raised $13,000 with nothing but a photo of her in hospital and the title ‘Gorilla Glue Girl’. 

One Twitter user even said, “if a gorilla glue girl wants to try and run a game on a multi-million dollar corporation who am I to judge.”

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