Tessica Brown, aka the “Gorilla Glue girl”, is finally free of her glue hair nightmare. Brown applied Gorilla Glue to her hair in place of Got2b Glue freeze hairspray. For more than a month, Brown's hair remained glued to her scalp.
Luckily for her a plastic surgeon stepped in to help. Beverly Hills-based, Dr. Michael K. Obeng empathized after learning of her story. "I saw how much pain she can potentially be in," said Dr. Obeng. "And after speaking to her, I realized she needed help."
Obeng spent four hours in surgery working on Brown’s hair and scalp, reportedly performing the $12,500 procedure for free.
Tessica was under a light anesthesia during the procedure, you've got to see her reaction as she came out of it, and immediately reached for her hair. She got emotional once she realized she could finally run her fingers through it.
Brown is finally able to run her fingers through her hair again.
"It was a month, but it felt like years," Brown told Eyewitness News.
"I got a happy dance going," said a smiling Brown. But she admits the condemning and ridiculing comments were painful for her and her family.
"'She's so stupid. That was dumb', you know, 'you should cut your whole head off,'" she said about the social media comments.
One of her children was bullied.
"Somebody made up a song," said Brown. "But instead of telling her, 'don't worry what people say,' I was in the bathroom crying because I'm reading all these comments," she said. "People have to understand y'all can't bring somebody down when they already this low."
Brown, a mother of five who runs a daycare and a dance team, had support. Her video sparked a conversation about the hairstyling challenges many Black women experience due to Eurocentric beauty standards.
Others simply let her know they were rooting for her. She said she planned to respond individually to every person who reached out to her.
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Tessica Brown was spotted showing off her newly freed locks in Los Angeles this week, a day after she had surgery to remove Gorilla Glue spray from her hair.
Photogs snapped Brown looking refreshed and sporting a short hairstyle as she took a stroll in the sunny weather Thursday, before heading home to Louisiana.
“It just tingles a little bit, but it’s getting better and everything,” she told TMZ cameras at LAX Friday, noting she has to wait six weeks until she can restyle her hair. She is planning “something really long,” she said.