UPDATED: 8:32 A.M. ET, Mar 1st, 2021 —
Tessica Brown breaks down how she instantly went viral and became the Gorilla Glue Girl for BET’s #IWentViral Youtube series.
By now, you’ve probably heard the story of Tessica Brown: she applied Gorilla Glue to her hair and uploaded it to the internet, and instantly became a viral sensation in the worst way. Unlike most viral stories, this one has a lot of trauma built-in and you almost feel sorry for her, thinking of how bad this could have really ended.
Tessica’s story rolled out over several days with the whole world watching in suspense. Two questions were on everyone’s minds: how could you fix her hair without removing it, followed by how you would remove it safely–if that was even an option.
The nice people of social media created a GoFundMe for Tessica, which blew the poster’s goals within a few hours. Still, she was paid zero attention at the moment, as she was simply trying to get her situation fixed. Lo and behold, a doctor in Los Angeles flew her out and was able to solve the issue and preserve her hair in the process.
Brown’s story has been told second-hand with very few interviews and details and how she handled the situation, personally…until now. Tessica sat down with BET for their web series #IWentViral and told the story from start to finish.
“.. I thought you know I can spray this and by the time I come home, I can just wash it out but once I got home. It did not wash out,” Tessica recalled of her harrowing hair ordeal.
The Lousiana native revealed after vigorously trying to wash out the powerful adhesive from her hair, she and her family began to run “out of ideas.”
“We didn’t know what else to do like I waited a week before I called my mama and told her that my hair was stuck,” Brown continued.
“So that’s the reason I went to social media for somebody out there to let me know, you know, what I can use to get it off my head.”
However, Brown knew instantly that her Gorilla Glue mishap would draw in backlash from social media haters.
Hear Tessica recount the story down below.