TikToker Tessica Brown learned the hard way that Gorilla Glue is not a suitable replacement for hairspray.
On Feb. 3, Brown explained to her followers why she has been rocking the same hairstyle for “about a month now,” and that it’s very much not by choice.
Typically, Brown said that when she does her hair, she likes to “finish it off” with some hairspray “just to keep it in place.” Well, about a month ago, she didn’t have any more hairspray, so she used the next-best thing available to her: Gorilla Glue spray.
In case you aren’t familiar, Gorilla Spray Adhesive is intended to be used on surfaces like wood, stone, foam, metal and glass. It is a heavy duty polyurethane adhesive.
It didn’t take long for Brown to realize that using Gorilla Glue on her hair was a “bad, bad, bad idea.” Almost a month later, her hair is in the same exact style — and that’s because she cannot wash the glue out or brush her hair.
Brown’s haircare blunder has gone viral on both TikTok and Twitter, where users have weighed in expressing shock, horror and sympathy.
“There’s no way you could’ve thought that was a good idea,” one person said.
“We are so concerned for you, sis,” another added.
How to remove Gorilla Glue from your hair
The Gorilla Glue Company got wind of what happened to Brown, and on Twitter, an employee instructed her on how to (hopefully) remedy the situation.
“We do not recommend using our products in hair as they are considered permanent,” the company wrote. “You can try soaking the affected area in warm, soapy water or applying rubbing alcohol to the area.”
People have a few theories as to how Brown ended up mistaking Gorilla Glue for hairspray. One theory is that since her normal spray is Got 2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray, she might have thought it was literally glue. Another theory is that she mistook the Gorilla Spray Adhesive for Moco De Gorilla Hair Gel, a popular styling product.
Was Brown able to get the Gorilla Glue out of her hair?
After her TikTok went viral, Brown alerted her 755,000 concerned followers that she had tried coconut and tea tree oil to remove the Gorilla Glue. When that was an “epic fail,” the Louisiana mom went to the emergency room at. St. Bernard Parish Hospital, where, according to TMZ, doctors tried using acetone to remove the glue to no avail.
To help pay for her medical expenses, Brown has created a GoFundMe, which has already exceeded its $1,500 goal with more than $13,000 in donations at the time of writing. TMZ reports that she is also allegedly considering a lawsuit against Gorilla Glue since the product does not warn explicitly not to use it on hair.
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