A detailed rundown of what happened when a TikTok user decided to put Gorilla Glue in her hair

A detailed rundown of what happened when a TikTok user decided to put Gorilla Glue in her hair

Another year, another scandal

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @thegorillagluecompany

If you needed more proof that this year is, uh, a cesspool of chaos and ridiculousness, here it is: a woman has recently gone viral for putting Gorilla Glue in her hair. As in, a potent adhesive often used to bond "fabric, paper, wood, plastic, cardboard, and more." A tantalising — if, frightening — piece of news indeed. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this scandal. For a full run-down of this scandal (first question: but why?) we've helpfully provided all the deets, below.

How did this all start?

The TikTok user in question is one Tessica Brown. According to her video, this all commenced when she ran out of her usual go-to hairspray, Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray. In a moment of, uh, "ingenuity", she decided that she would substitute it with Gorilla Glue's Spray Adhesive instead. Its effectiveness, it seems, applies to human hair as well. In fact, it worked so well that it has maintained its stiffness despite her washing her 15 times since with Pantene shampoo.

So, is her hair still stuck?!?

No, but this comes after many attempts to rectify the situation. Users first advised her to apply coconut oil and tea tree oil on her hair overnight. The effort was in vain, as was the recommendation from a TikTok dermatologist who sugegested she use acetone or Goo Gone Adhesive Remover. She even reportedly seeked help from the emergency room at St. Bernard Parish Hospital to no avail. She has since seeked help from Dr. Michael Obeng, who reached out after hearing about Brown's plight. According to Brown, the situation was remedied with medical-grade glue remover; a procedure that costs a hefty USD$12,500. Yikes — thankfully, Obeng has agreed to the procedure, free-of-charge, as he felt bad for Brown.

All's well that ends well, right?

Not quite. Rumours have been swirling that Brown is looking into attorneys as she believes she might have a case against Gorilla Glue. The brand, on the other hand, has responded to the situation with a tweet. "We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on her hair. 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." We'll just have to wait and see if anything comes out of this, of course.