Gorilla Glue Girl: How Viral Hair Misery Changed Her Life

Gorilla Glue Girl: How Viral Hair Misery Changed Her Life

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You must’ve heard the story of Tessica Brown: She had in January 2020 realized she was out of Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray, and so she had to improvise. But the solution she came up with, a Gorilla Spray Adhesive to lock in her ponytail, turned out to be disastrous. 40-Year-Old Brown took to the internet for help, having washed her hair over 15 times to remove the adhesive but soon, her misfortune resulted in a wildly viral tale with backlash. 

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Tessica Brown, 40, used Gorilla Spray Adhesive to lock in her ponytail and it turned out disastrous.

In a 60-second TikTok clip, Brown had explained how her shiny ponytail remained the same for more than a month. The clip within hours got harsh comments, it became trending, and even Brown was dubbed ‘Gorilla Glue Girl’ by trolls. But a few concerned people, including Gorilla Glue management, suggested remedies and continually asked for updates on her wellbeing. 

Brown took to the internet for help, but her misfortune resulted in a wildly viral tale with backlash.

@im_d_ollady

Stiff where????? Ma hair 🤬🤬

♬ original sound – Tessica Brown

A few concerned people, including Gorilla Glue management, suggested remedies

Gorilla Glue

‘I’ve washed my hair 15times, and it doesn’t move. Stiff where? Brown had said in a clip uploaded to TikTok. It was viewed over 40 million times. Brown demonstrated her severe condition in a followed up clip as she smothers hair with shampoo and scrubs, but all to no avail. Within this period, people got more concerned, and thankfully, Plastic Surgeon Michael Obeng offered to help. 

Brown demonstrated her severe condition in a followed up clip as she smothers hair with shampoo and scrubs, but all to no avail

@im_d_ollady

It don’t move I hate it here

♬ original sound – Tessica Brown

Brown even visited the hospital, but there was no positive outcome

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Brown’s condition ended with a four-hour procedure performed by the Ghanaian-American Surgeon who removed the adhesive without charging her a dime for the surgery. The whole process transpired in Los Angeles, and Brown had been able to travel down after donations of over $15K through a GoFundMe came in. 

However, a GoFundMe Page was launched for Tessica, which she used in traveling down to meet with Dr. Micheal Obeng

GoFundMe

‘On my way to LA to get this glue out of my head finally’

‘I can’t explain how that made me feel. To go a month without being able to do anything. You could scratch my head, and it felt like cardboard or concrete. When when I woke up from the surgery, It was like Christmas morning.’ Brown had reportedly said. In particular, Brown got hurt by the comments of fellow black women she so much admired, including Lisa Raye McCoy and Wendy Williams.

Brown’s condition ended with a four-hour procedure performed by the Ghanaian-American Surgeon who removed the adhesive for free

On The Wendy Williams Show, Williams had opined that Brown’s incident badly reflected on Black people while implying that she might have something wrong with her, like mentally. Likewise, McCoy on Fox Soul’s Cocktail with Queens criticized Brown on her show, referencing a story that said she was considering a lawsuit against Gorilla Glue. 

The ordeal took an emotional toll on Brown and her 11-Year-Old daughter, who had returned home from school in tears after being taunted with a Gorilla Glue song

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Brown had repeatedly denied the lawsuit and hasn’t joined in the laughter of people who recognized her video to be a comedy. Instead, the ordeal took an emotional toll on her and her 11-Year-Old daughter, who returned home from school in tears after being taunted with a Gorilla Glue song. 

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Fast Forward To The Present:

Despite being free of adhesive, people online have continued to show their love through words of support. Celebrities like Chance the rapper had tweeted: ‘When I watched the clip the second time, it was hard to laugh cause I could tell shortly genuinely didn’t know she had put one of the world’s most powerful adhesive in her s**t. I hope she recovers well.’ 

Just like many people, Darian Symone Harvin was shocked by Brown’s condition and investigated the situation. The writer from Los Angeles later continually shared an updated timeless of the event through her newsletter titled ‘Beauty IRL and stayed committed to debunking a slew of misinformation. 

@king.asante

I know y’all been waiting an update… #gorillaglue #gorillagluegirl #tiktoknews #tessicabrown #asantemadrigal

♬ Blue Blood – Heinz Kiessling & Various Artists

TikTok user Asante Madrigal amid covering Brown’s story became sympathetic and has since described the online trolling as cyberbullying. ‘It was an honest mistake, and she never wanted this to happen; she clearly says that all the time. But TikTok was the only outlet for her to get a solution for the mess that was unintentional. Madrigal told Buzzfeed News. 

So far, Brown has launched a line of merchandise with the slogan ‘Bonded for life,’ capitalizing on her viral hair incident

However, Brown from St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana has garnered a large following on social media. She has also launched a line of merchandise with the slogan ‘Bonded for life,’ capitalizing on her viral hair incident. However, she’s still recovering from the intense scrutiny but has decided to stay committed to both her daycare and dance coach job.