Things were kind of hairy for a while for Tessica Brown, but the 40-year-old Louisiana viral sensation has finally gotten out of a sticky situation.
Brown, who found herself TikTok-famous due to a nasty accident in which she used Gorilla Glue adhesive in place of her regular hairspray and then couldn't wash it out, has undergone surgery to remove the substance from her hair and scalp.
Her manager, Gina Rodriguez, reported to ET that plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng was able to successfully "remove all of the Gorilla Glue out of her hair."
Brown is recovering from the procedure at the moment. "She is currently resting and healing from the ordeal," Rodriguez said. "As you can imagine, Tessica's scalp is extremely sensitive right now and will need some time to recover."
Brown first caught attention on the social media platform for confessing that she'd used the glue, which is a heavy-duty adhesive meant to bond materials such as wood, glass or metal, due to being in a hurry and running out of her usual hair product. She quickly discovered her mistake when the glue wouldn't wash out and ended up hardening, pulling on her scalp painfully.
She was unable to even shave her head due to the consistency of her hair following the glue application. After frantically trying different kinds of oils to try and to get it out, Brown received advice from all over the social media sphere, and even got a tip from Gorilla Glue (the company, that is), who told her to try rubbing alcohol to remove the stuff.
When that didn't even work, her last resort was the hospital emergency room. Unfortunately she had no luck there, either.
That's when Dr. Obeng, who is based in Los Angeles, caught wind of her plight, and offered to perform surgery for free. The procedure, which costs about $12K, will result in around two to three months of recuperation time, he reported to news outlets.