Gorilla Glue Girl Finds Herself in Sticky Situation


Photo Credit: Tessica Brown via TikTok

Kaikoha De Brum, OwlFeed News Reporter

Tessica Brown became an overnight sensation after posting on TikTok explaining how she used adhesive Gorilla Glue for her hair, earning her the nickname Gorilla Glue Girl. In the TikTok that has been viewed over a million times, Brown explained how she has had the glue in her hair for about a month and has been unable to remove it. 

Gorilla Glue is a product intended for mounting items to surfaces; for example paper, cardboard, wood, laminate, and fabric. In a statement released via Twitter, Gorilla Glue expressed their sympathy and suggested using rubbing alcohol to remove the glue. 

Brown took to social media to seek advice and did not expect the TikTok video to go viral. In a statement, Brown told the Washington Post, “The only reason why I took it to social media is because we ran out of things to do. I figured somebody out there would be able to tell me what to do. I never thought my little girl would say, ‘Ma, your video has a million views.’” 

After weeks of having the glue in her hair, Brown sought professional medical help. Unfortunately, the trip to the ER was unsuccessful. The staff attempted to use acetone on the back of Brown’s head, however, it only burned her scalp and the glue actually hardened back up. 

Luckily plastic surgeon Dr. Michael K. Obeng came to Brown’s rescue and offered to remove the glue pro bono. The LA surgeon successfully managed to remove all of the glue using aloe vera, olive oil, and some acetone. 

For the first time in weeks Brown was able to run her fingers through her hair, once again. She told E! News she “wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy” after the Gorilla Glue nightmare she endured. 

A GoFundMe account was created to help the Louisiana mother-of-five cover her medical bills and Brown received over $23,000 in donations. However, since Dr.Obeng operated on Brown for free, she plans on donating $20,000 to charity.