If you read this headline and couldn't make any sense as to why Gorilla Glue was in the same sentence as hair products, we are incredibly relieved (that you don't find the two relative, of course).
Here's some background: some time last month a TikTok user decided that after not being able to find any hairspray at home, that she would use Gorilla Glue to finish her ponytail, and shared the clip on her social media account. In a follow-up TikTok, Tessica Brown vigorously rubs shampoo in her hair to no avail. "This is the life I have to live," she says almost in tears.
Brown eventually told followers that she went to hospital to seek treatment after her family and friends unsuccessfully tried other treatments, like soaking Brown's head.
The 40-year-old, underwent a four-hour surgery in Los Angeles where the adhesive was removed. Prior to the surgery, Brown had her ponytail extension cut off at the root leaving the base of her hair, which remained glued down. The surgery was performed by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr.
Michael Obeng, who offered to do the procedure for free, TMZ reported.
While there was no immediate damage to her scalp, Brown was told that she would experience sensitivity and gave her a dose of a steroid to minimise inflammation.
“The surgery went well. She had a lot of irritation on the scalp especially the edges of her hair, of her head because of all of the chemicals that she has put in, and the hair was actually very, very tough, very, very matted down, and it would not lift up. She’s very, very lucky that she did not sustain a lot of injury to her scalp,” said Obeng.
Brown’s ordeal has drawn the interest of people online, including Gorilla Glue’s manufacturers, who issued a statement of support for Brown following mounting pressure.
"We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on her hair," the company wrote on Twitter. "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."
In the hope of avoiding something like this again, here are a few great products to use, you know, instead of Gorilla Glue.