UPDATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2021 – Tessica Brown, known to the world as ‘Gorilla Glue Girl,’ is free from her adhesive nightmare, thanks to a treatment performed by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.
During a four-hour procedure, the super-strength adhesive was broken down using what TMZ reports was a mix of medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil, and acetone. When Dr. Michael Obeng was done, she was able to run her fingers through quite a bit of preserved hair.
Normally, Dr. Obeng might charge $12,500 for the procedure, but he offered to perform it for Brown pro bono after her predicament went viral.
“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,” Dr. Obeng told TMZ. “She’s been through a lot. I hope that you guys will learn from Tessica’s injuries, or Tessica’s ordeal—make sure that anytime you guys grab something, make sure you read it.”
While Brown’s situation illicited a few laughs, some on social media used the situation as a reminder of how our culture pressures women, particularly Black women, for their appearance to such a degree that one might grab a questionable hairspray substitute before going out, even in the middle of a pandemic.
“So many are being dismissive of #gorillagluegirl,” The View host Sunny Hostin tweeted. “Given the history of how Black women are targeted and still battle the pervasive belief that our natural hair is unprofessional, unkempt, or in some way ‘a statement’ please show her some grace and understanding.”
FEBRUARY 9, 2021 – The Louisiana woman who became an overnight TikTok sensation last week when she posted a video describing the month-long nightmare she’s endured since she styled her hair with Gorilla Glue is reportedly heading to a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to have the super-powerful adhesive removed from her locks.
More than a dozen washes and various home remedies have failed to release Tessica Brown’s hair from the solid chemical helmet she accidentally trapped it in when she replaced her usual Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray with Gorilla Glue adhesive spray, but Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng says he believes he can remove the bonding agent—and Brown is flying to Los Angeles Wednesday to take him up on the offer, TMZ reports.
Dr. Obeng believes he can remove the heady concoction of urethane prepolymer, diphenylmethane-diisocyanate, isomers, and homologues from Brown’s hair using a medical-grade glue remover in a procedure that will take two to three days. This will no doubt come as a relief to Brown, 40, since she has already visited an emergency room to no avail and even considered suing the makers of Gorilla Glue.
As of Tuesday, Brown’s GoFundMe page has brought in more than $14,000 in contributions, far exceeding its $1,500 goal. Obeng, however, is reportedly waiving his fee—an estimated $12,500 value.
“We are aware of the situation and 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. “This is a unique situation because this product is not indicated for use in or on hair as it is considered permanent.”
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