Saturday, February 13, 2021

Gorilla Glue Girl

Many people remove unwanted hair from areas of their body. But when people do that they tend not to use paper shredders, cheese graters, or weed whackers for the job. Most people shower or bathe at least once a day. But when people do that they usually don't use sandpaper for a washcloth.
Many folks use some sort of hairspray, grease, pomade or gel to style their hair, to give it the "body" they want, to give it moisture, to hold it down or make it stand up. But when most people do that they usually avoid using motor oil or industrial strength glue. 
Unfortunately Tessica Brown is not most people. You may have heard about this story. I didn't comment on it earlier because I thought no one could be that stupid. I thought the story was a hoax. It wasn't a hoax.
The last few weeks have been a roller coaster for Tessica Brown, the Louisiana woman who used Gorilla Glue instead of hair spray one day in January.
She catapulted to internet fame last week after posting a video on TikTok in which she called the decision to use the adhesive spray a “bad, bad, bad idea.” 
More than 30 million people have viewed it there, along with countless more on Instagram and Twitter. They have clamored for updates and flooded her posts with words of encouragement (and criticism), all while piling on suggestions for how to help. But nothing worked. Finally, more than a month after her mishap, Ms. Brown had the glue removed from her hair, thanks to a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who spent hours on Wednesday using a homemade solvent to get the job done. 

Ms. Brown, who runs a day care and a dance team, the Dazzling Divaz, in Violet, La., said that if she could go back to the day it all began, she would have worn a hat instead. While rushing to get ready about a month ago, Ms. Brown realized she had run out of her usual hair spray, Got2b Glued. Scrambling, she spotted a bottle of Gorilla Spray Adhesive, a permanent spray made by Gorilla Glue. She thought that by the time she got home that night she would be able to wash it out. A month later, it hadn’t budged.
On Saturday, she went to the emergency room, where nurses began an acetone treatment, Ms. Brown said. A nurse told her the procedure would likely take 20 hours, so she asked to continue the treatment at home with the help of her mother and sisters. But they had made little progress when she heard from Dr. Michael Obeng, a plastic surgeon from Los Angeles, who offered to remove the glue from her head free of charge. 
He performed the procedure on Wednesday while she was under light anesthesia. Afterward, she was able to comb through her hair with her fingers. “Dr. Obeng got every bit of it out,” she said, adding that he’ll give her a few more scalp treatments to prevent her hair from falling out, she said.
I guess all's well that ends well. Good that Tessica Brown is ok. I still don't understand how in the f*** someone could ever think it's okay to put gorilla glue on her head. We've all made mistakes of course but the magnitude of this mistake combined with Tessica Brown's age (she's forty) can only make me shake my head. I guess that the Gorilla Glue manufacturer will need to start putting a warning on their product that it is not, repeat not, a hair product. As one of my relatives might have said of Tessica Brown I bet she won't do that again. Some folks just have to learn things the hard way. People tell them the stove is hot but they insist on sticking their hands on the burner.
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