Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Louisiana woman Tessica Brown, 40, has gone viral over the past week after turning to her social media followers for help in undoing her “forever ponytail.”
She had run out of her go-to hairspray while putting the finishing touches on her look a few weeks before, so she used Gorilla Spray Adhesive by Gorilla Glue, instead — and now she can’t get the industrial-strength adhesive off of her head.
“My hair has been like this for about a month now. It’s not by choice. No, it’s not by choice,” says Brown in her video prefacing the ordeal. She then explains that she likes to keep her hair in place, but when she ran out of her go-to hair spray she figured the strong adhesive used to bond wood and metals could serve as a temporary substitute.
TMZ reports that she reportedly spent 22 hours in the ER. Health care workers tried putting acetone on the back of her head to break up the adhesive, according to the report, but it burned her scalp and only made the glue gooey before it hardened back up.
Gorilla Glue responded: “We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on her hair,” the company says. It describes this as a “unique situation,” and emphasizes that its product is not indicated for use on hair, and that the label warns against getting this in eyes, on skin or on clothing.
“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,” Gorilla Glue adds.
Beyonce’s stylist, Neal Farinah, has also offered his help and services for her over Instagram. “We [are] not going to keep tearing her down. Let’s help her!” he writes. “When she leaves the hospital if she needs a wig or taking care of her scalp I’m here for her.”
TMZ reports that Brown has hired a lawyer and is considering her legal options. While the Gorilla Spray Adhesive label warns against using it on eyes, skin, or clothing, there is no mention of hair, which sources close to the situation say Brown feels is “misleading.”
A GoFundMe fundraiser set up to cover her medical expenses has also drawn $14,000 and counting.