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‘Gorilla Glue girl’ says she styled hair with industrial glue for a date after running out of gel

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The Louisiana mother who sprayed her hair with Gorilla Glue has revealed she did it to make herself look good for a date with her fiancé. 

Tessica Brown, 40, from Violet, went viral after she posted a Tiktok video in which she explained she had been left with rigid, immovable locks for more than a month. 

The mother-of-five has also claimed her GoFundMe page, where she has raised over $23,000 in donations to help her following her ordeal, is under investigation for fraud and has been frozen.

Tessica, who has since received treatment to remove the glue for free by a plastic surgeon in LA, said she is donating $20,000 of the donations to the charity Restore Foundation, which helps those needing reconstructive surgery. 

But she has revealed she is unable to withdraw the funds from the GoFundMe account. 

Tessica confessed that she had used the superglue after her hairspray ran out because she was in a rush to get out of the house for a date with her fiancé Dewitt, reports the New York Post.

The couple had planned to have a romantic outing by a lake near her sister’s house – but Tessica’s hair wasn’t playing ball and she had multiple flyaway.

Upon discovering her hairspray was empty, she stumbled across the Gorilla Glue which she decided would be perfect to get her hair to stay slick. 

She thought that she would be able to wash the superglue out of her hair after the date – but she couldn’t have been more wrong.  

Tessica Brown, 40, from Violet, who sprayed her hair with Gorilla Glue has revealed she did it to make herself look good for a date with her fiancé. She has since had cosmestic surgery to remove the sticky substance

Tessica Brown, 40, from Violet, who sprayed her hair with Gorilla Glue has revealed she did it to make herself look good for a date with her fiancé. She has since had cosmestic surgery to remove the sticky substance

She explained in her viral TikTok video that she had been left with rigid, immovable locks

Yikes: She explained in her viral TikTok video that she ran out of her Göt2b Glued Spray and used Gorilla Glue instead

Tessica Brown went viral after she posted a Tiktok video in which she explained she had been left with rigid, immovable locks for more than a month

The mother-of-five has also claimed her GoFundMe page, where she has raised over $23,000 in donations to help her following her ordeal, is under investigation for fraud and has been frozen

The mother-of-five has also claimed her GoFundMe page, where she has raised over $23,000 in donations to help her following her ordeal, is under investigation for fraud and has been frozen

‘We was leaving so I mean I went go to spray the Got2B glue and air came out of it,’ Tessica told New York Post. ‘So now I’m looking around the whole house, I have to find something you know for these flyaways.

‘We was going on the lake so I know I couldn’t deal with those flyaways.’

She said she ‘ran into the kitchen, ran past the refrigerator’ and she saw what she believed would be her saving grace – a can of Gorilla Glue.

‘I’m like you know what? I can use this and as soon as I come home I can take it off, you know wash it off,’ she said.  

‘That is not what happened.’ 

Tessica had sprayed the adhesive liberally over her hair and blowdried it, which left the superglue stuck to her scalp. But not realising the effect it would have, she rushed out of the door for her date. 

Brown had started her fundraising page with a goal of $1,500 to buy the wigs she was told she would need after using the superglue when she ran out of hairspray

After the Tik Tok video about her plight went viral Los Angeles based Dr. Michael Obeng reached out to say he could remove the adhesive without charge.

Brown had started her fundraising page with a goal of $1,500 to buy the wigs she was told she would need after using the superglue when she ran out of hairspray

Later that evening, when Tessica came home to shower and wash the glue out of her hair she began to panic as it wouldn’t move. 

‘Listen it did not come out, the water was dripping off it like it was the shower curtain. It was bad business,’ she said. 

‘I was scared to even call my momma, I didn’t call my momma for like a week.

‘I kept saying to myself I wasn’t going to panic yet.’

But she finally picked up the courage to call her mother and tell her that her hair had become rigid and immovable. 

‘She was here in like zero point two seconds,’ Tessica recalled. ‘We even tried cooking oil, we tried every oil at the store.’

She visited a local ER, burnt her scalp with acetone and hacked off her ponytail in an attempt to free her tresses.   

Mom-of-five Tessica's ordeal went viral after a TikTok video in which she explained she had been left with rigid, immovable locks for more than a month. She visited a local ER, burnt her scalp with acetone and hacked off her ponytail in an attempt to free her tresses

Mom-of-five Tessica’s ordeal went viral after a TikTok video in which she explained she had been left with rigid, immovable locks for more than a month. She visited a local ER, burnt her scalp with acetone and hacked off her ponytail in an attempt to free her tresses

Tessica was in agony for more than a month as she grappled with having the glue stuck to her scalp. 

‘The pony tail that I did have, it was like somebody was tightening it, tightening it every day,’ she explained. ‘It felt like red ants were on the inside, I can’t get under it.

‘I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating, everything was pretty much trying to get this off my head, I lost between 10 and 15 pounds. 

‘[I thought] that I was going to lose all my hair, have scalp damage and wasn’t going to be able to grow it back.’ 

But luckily, Los Angeles based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng reached out to say he could remove the adhesive without charge after seeing her plight online. 

Tessica then flew to LA this week for the procedure that took four hours to complete. 

Dr. Obeng used a custom mix of chemicals and natural products in order to dissolve the glue, having first practiced on a dummy head to ensure his formula would work.   

Los Angeles based Dr. Michael Obeng reached out to say he could remove the adhesive without charge. She then flew to LA for the $12,500 procedure that took four hours to complete

Los Angeles based Dr. Michael Obeng reached out to say he could remove the adhesive without charge. She then flew to LA for the $12,500 procedure that took four hours to complete

In a video taken at Dr. Obeng’s office, Tessica – who was given a light anesthesia before the treatment – is seen lying on an operating table after the successful procedure, running her hands through her freed locks and tearing up with relief while marveling at the sensation. 

During the procedure, the mixture was applied to Tessica’s hair using a spray bottle, while Dr. Obeng used medical tweezers and scissors to try and gently pull the matted hair apart, cutting the strands of glue that were holding her tresses together.

The doctor and his tea, then ran a comb through the hair to finally remove the glue, before applying a deep conditioning treatment to protect the locks. 

Welcome surprise: Tessica had feared that she would lose all of her hair during the process, however Dr. Obeng was able to salvage her short locks

Welcome surprise: Tessica had feared that she would lose all of her hair during the process, however Dr. Obeng was able to salvage her short locks

Welcome surprise: Tessica had feared that she would lose all of her hair during the process, however Dr. Obeng was able to salvage her short locks 

Piece by piece: Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng used a custom formula to dissolve the glue in Tessica's hair, slowly pulling apart each strand with tweezers in a four-hour procedure

Piece by piece: Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng used a custom formula to dissolve the glue in Tessica’s hair, slowly pulling apart each strand with tweezers in a four-hour procedure

Tessica was given painkillers and steroids to reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by the glue – and the chemicals that she used to try and remove it.  

Remarkably, Dr. Obeng was able to salvage much of Tessica’s hair – although she admitted after the procedure that she wishes she had visited him before asking her sister to chop off her lengthy ponytail in the hopes of removing the glue. 

‘I can scratch it!’ Tessica told the camera while running her nails along her scalp. ‘Now I wish I had waited for my sister to cut my ponytail off.’  

Since the treatment, Tessica has said she is donating $20,000 of the money raised on her GoFundMe page to the charity Restore Foundation, which helps those needing reconstructive surgery, her manager told TMZ

She had started her fundraising page with a goal of reaching $1,500 to buy the wigs she was told she would need after using the superglue when she ran out of hairspray. As of Thursday she had raised more than $23,000 in donations.

The rest of the money will cover an ER visit she was forced to make after using the glue and her travel expenses to fly to LA for the surgery, her spokesperson added.

But Tessica now claims the page is now under investigation and she is unable to withdraw the funds.

She told the New York Post: ‘They won’t even release it to me because that many people have called and said it was a fraudulent account.  

‘Every time you look at it it says it’s under investigation.’

A GoFundMe spokesperson said they ‘are in touch’ with Tessica and ‘working with her on the withdrawal of funds.’

‘Prior to the withdrawal, she must clearly state on the campaign page how she intends to use the funds,’ the spokesperson said.

Jessica has said she did edit the page to say she was using the donated money for expenses but it hasn’t been updated with her new plans to donate to charities. 

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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