Woman who used super glue as hairspray seeks help from plastic surgeons

Woman who used super glue as hairspray seeks help from plastic surgeons
Photo credit: Tiktok/Tessica Brown.

A US woman has met with a plastic surgeon after her use of industrial-strength glue in place of hair spray went viral on social media.

After about a month and 15 washes with no improvement, Tessica Brown posted a video on TikTok in a bid to find the answer to her situation and warn others not to make the same mistake she did.

"If you ever run out of Got2be Glued Spray, don't ever use Gorilla Glue Spray, unless you want your hair to be like that forever," Brown warned.

The 40-year-old said that people who knew her in person weren't aware that her hair has been glued in place for a month.

"Bad, bad, bad idea. Look, my hair don't move. I've washed my hair 15 times and it don't move." 

Brown posted the video last week. It's since been viewed 26 million times and soon the mother-of-five was dubbed Gorilla Glue Girl by social media.

After the video went viral, millions began following her journey to remove the superglue from her scalp.

The next morning, Brown went to Bernard Parish Hospital in Louisiana, where she said she was advised to use acetone on her scalp to soften the glue.

She later posted to TikTok that they had to discontinue this method after it burned her skin. 

After continuous updates, Brown created a GoFundMe account so she could seek further medical assistance. The account now has more than $18,000 (NZ$24,972).

"I will be leaving tomorrow to go see a surgeon," she wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Dr Michael Obeng, a Californian plastic surgeon, reached out to Brown through social media, offering to remove the glue for free.

Brown has also received messages from celebrities Missy Elliott and Chance the Rapper, and Beyonce's hair stylist has offered her a free wig.

Despite the swathes of people offering support, however, Brown said on Instagram she was struggling with the criticism she was receiving online and regretted sharing her video.

"I told my son today 'I wish I could just go back' because I'm over it. I'm over it," she shared with Entertainment Tonight.

"I'm usually the person that I don't care what people say. I just move at my own pace. I don't care what people say, but it's just getting to the point where people are on TV saying stuff about me."

Gorilla Glue released a statement about the situation to their Twitter account on Monday.

"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."