Tessica Brown didn’t know she would go viral earlier this month when she substituted Gorilla Glue in her hair for her regular holding spray. But as she tried in vain to get the adhesive spray out of her hair, she realized she’d made a huge mistake.
After days of anguish and pain trying various methods to remove the glue herself, Brown went to a hospital emergency room for help, only to be told there wasn’t much they could do to get the glue out.
Shortly after, a Beverly Hills surgeon offered his services for free to help Brown, and the glue was finally removed during a four-hour surgery.
Dr. Michael Obeng, who performed the procedure, said he used medical-grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and even acetone.
“The View” host Sunny Hostin asked people to be a little more empathic, tweeting, “given the history of how black women are targeted and still battle the pervasive belief that our natural hair is unprofessional, unkempt, or in some way ‘a statement,’ pls show her some grace and understanding.”
Though rumored to be considering legal action against the makers of the adhesive, Brown told Entertainment Tonight that wasn’t the case.