TikTok user, Tessica Brown, went viral after she shared a video on her account of her styling her hair with Gorilla Glue.
In the video, Tessica explained that she sprayed Gorilla Glue on her hair after she ran out her Göt2b Glued Spray. Since then, she has not been able to remove it for a month.
She explained that she was in a hurry when she picked up the industrial-strength adhesive spray. She "definitely" regrets the last-minute decision.
It is not the first time she has used Gorilla Glue, she has used it for other things and thought it would just "wash right out".
After using traditional shampoo and it still did not remove the glue, she tried olive and tea tree oils, however, nothing worked. It was then that she turned to TikTok looking for advice, and the video has been viewed more than 25 million times.
The 40-year-old from Violet, Louisiana, flew into Los Angeles on Wednesday for her first treatment appointment with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng.
Dr Obeng, the director of MiKO Plastic Surgery, offered to help Tessica after her ordeal made national headlines. He is now providing the treatment that would normally cost $12,000 for free.
Dr Obeng said that "When I found out this was a reality, you can only feel compassion and sympathy for Tessica," adding that she is recovering well after the first procedure. "The surgery went well, Tessica is doing well. She's awake. The hair crew is doing her hair."
Tessica insisted she never meant to go viral when she shared her story on TikTok. She said; “"I never was going to take this to social media. The reason I took this to social media was because I didn't know what else to do. And I know somebody out there could have told me something. I didn't think for one second when I got up the next morning it was gonna be everywhere."
Tessica especially took offence to claims that she purposely sprayed the glue on her hair because was seeking online fame. "Who in their right mind would say, 'Oh well, let me just spray this in my head and become famous overnight?' Never! Who would want them to do that? I needed somebody to tell me how to take this off, that's all it was."
Tessica said the unwanted media attention has negatively affected her daughters. She recalled how her one little girl wouldn't let her do her hair the other day, and added that both her and her school-age daughters are being publicly branded "Gorilla Glue Girl".
However, despite the all the criticism, the mom has also received plenty of support, including messages from Missy Elliott, Chance the Rapper, and Beyoncé's hairstylist, Neal Farinah, who offered her a wig. "A lot of people want to give me hair. But the reason I wasn't accepting it is because I don't want people to be like, 'Oh, that's why she did it."
The Gorilla Glue company also reached out and commented on the video. The company suggested that she try using rubbing alcohol to remove the glue, but the at-home remedy ended up being another failure. They also released a statement about the situation on social media Monday saying; "We are aware of the situation and 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."