On Feb. 13, 20-year-old Avani Reyes, who has more than 466,000 followers on the social media platform, shared a video of herself trying to comb her hair, which is covered in a white substance (presumably Gorilla Glue).
“Guys, my hair will not comb,” she says in the now-viral clip, as she frantically tries to run the comb down her head. “Y’all, I already tried wetting it.”
The TikTok has since been viewed more than 1.8 million times and, in the process, generated a wave of backlash from users who accused her of putting glue in her hair for “clout.”
“This is your fault,” one person simply wrote.
“Someone was hungry for views huh?” another added.
“We shouldn’t even feel bad at all at this point,” a third wrote.
In subsequent TikToks, Reyes tells her followers that she is on her way to the hospital and that her “scalp is burning.” She further adds that she tried washing her hair but had no success in removing the Gorilla Glue. In one TikTok, she claims to be having a panic attack, but users did not seem to buy it.
“You need some better acting skills babe,” one user wrote.
Upon arriving at a medical center (which Reyes also documents on TikTok), the TikToker alleges that the hospital staff were unsure of how to remove the glue. They instead purportedly suggested that she use olive oil, tea tree oil or coconut oil on her head or shave her hair off altogether. In one unusual TikTok, Reyes is then seen washing her hair while singing along to Bruno Mars’ hit single “Gorilla.”
The saga gets weirder, as, several clips later, Reyes claims that multiple people donated to her GoFundMe (with at least one person giving her $3,000) to help her get surgery in Los Angeles. That “fact” appeared to infuriate users even further.
“You did this for what?” one person asked. “Views & money? Lost respect for you.”
Reyes is the latest person to have gone viral after taking part in the “Gorilla Glue” challenge. The trend started after teacher Tessica Brown revealed on TikTok on Feb. 3 that she had mistakenly used Gorilla Glue as a replacement for hairspray. Brown’s conundrum led her first to a hospital before she visited a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon, who offered to restore her hair for free.
Several days later, an aspiring rapper and filmmaker from Louisiana attempted to prove that Brown’s situation wasn’t as serious as it seemed by using Gorilla Glue to attach a red Solo cup to his lips. He too ended up at a medical facility.
In response to the initial hysteria surrounding Brown’s enigma, Gorilla Glue released a statement on Twitter, advising the public to not use its product “in or on hair as it is considered permanent.”
“It is used for craft, home, auto or office projects to mount things to surfaces such as paper, cardboard, wood, laminate and fabric,” the company said.
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