- Tessica Brown went viral after she glued her hair to her head and could not fix it.
- She posted a TikTok explaining that she put Gorilla Glue spray in her hair instead of hairspray.
- TMZ reported that unnamed sources say she may be considering legal action.
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Tessica Brown told social media users Friday in a viral post that she tried to use Gorilla Glue when she ran out of hairspray. It didn’t work. Her hair has been stuck in place for a month, and even a trip to the emergency room didn’t help, Brown said on social media. Now, Brown may be considering legal action, according to TMZ, which cited unnamed sources.
Brown’s original video has over 2 million views on Instagram and over 19 million views on TikTok. In the video, Brown explained that her hair has been in the same style for “about a month” but it’s not by choice, she said. She then goes on to explain that she ran out of her usual Got2Be hairspray, so instead, she opted for something else: Gorilla Glue adhesive spray.
Since applying the spray, Brown said she hasn’t been able to get the glue out of her hair and washed it “about 15 times.” She then advised her followers, “Don’t ever, ever use this on your hair,” while holding up the bottle of Gorilla Glue.
Brown then posted another video of herself to Instagram putting shampoo on her hair and showing it did nothing. At this point, Instagram accounts like @theshaderoom, a trending news page that boasts over 22 million followers, began sharing her video.
Viewers have become invested in her story
As more and more people became invested in the outcome of Brown’s hair journey, people began sending over well wishes and recommendations on how to break the seemingly unbreakable Gorilla Glue bond. Brown posted an update on February 5, telling her followers that she would be trying a method including dousing her hair in tea tree oil and plastic wrap it — which proved to be a bust, posting the same update with the words “Epic fail,” written over it in bold.
Medical professionals on social media also did what they could to provide help. @208skindoc, who has over one million followers on TikTok, posted a video offering assistance and explaining different ways to potentially get the glue out including using acetone.
Still, nothing seemed to work and Brown — who has gone from 10,000 followers on Friday to over 609,000 on Monday — posted a video that included a photo of the outside of an emergency room and a snippet of someone adding unknown substances to her hair. In the snippet, Brown seems to be uncomfortable as she squirms around in the chair and covers her face.
On Monday, she posted yet another update, which said that she appreciates all of the support she’s been receiving and asks that everyone “continue praying that I can get through this and keep my hair.”
TMZ reported that Brown spent 22 hours in the emergency room.
Gorilla Glue posted a statement about the ‘unique incident’
Gorilla Glue released a statement on Monday to Twitter, which read, “We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our spray adhesive on her hair. This is a unique situation because this product is not indicated for use in or on hair as it is considered permanent.”
—Gorilla Glue (@GorillaGlue) February 8, 2021
The statement continues, “Our spray adhesive states in the warning label ‘do not swallow. Do not get in eyes, on skin or clothing.” They suggest using the product for materials such as “paper, cardboard, wood, laminate, and fabric.”
The company concluded the statemen,t saying, “We are glad to see Miss Brown has received medical attention from her local medical facility and we wish her the best.”
Brown has raised money on GoFundMe
Brown started a GoFundMe with an original goal of $1,500, but as of Monday, she’s almost made 10 times that with an overall donation amount of $10,000. The page does not specify what the funds will be used for.
TMZ also reported, citing unnamed sources, that Brown is considering legal action. While she says 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. The publication wrote,” Tessica felt it was okay because the product said multi-use.”
Brown did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.