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Ohio Woman May Sue Gorilla Glue After Putting it in Her Hair

Ohio Woman May Sue Gorilla Glue After Putting it in Her Hair

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Tessica Brown has had adhesive in her hair for over a month.

I think we’ve all had at least one blunder with craft supplies in our lives, usually as children, with common occurrences including eating paste and shoving crayons up your nose. As adults, these incidents tend to be a little less frequent, as we usually have the good sense to thoroughly read warning labels. In the rare instance someone either does not read that label or disregards it, well, stuff like this happens.


About a month ago, Ohio local Tessica Brown ran out of her usual heavy-duty hairspray. In need of a substitution, she turned to industrial strength Gorilla Glue spray. She read the warning label, which said it is permanent and not to be used on skin, eyes, or clothes, but since it didn’t say hair, she assumed it was okay. It was not okay.

In an Instagram post on February 3, Brown confessed that her hair had been stuck in its current style for over a month, and nothing she had tried had been able to remove the adhesive. “I’ve washed my hair 15 times and it don’t move,” she said.

Three days later, Brown posted another picture of herself at the local emergency room, where medical professionals spent multiple hours searching for ways to remove the adhesive. She was advised to try acetone and water, but all that did was burn her scalp and turn the adhesive goopy before it almost immediately re-hardened.

After so much work, Brown has announced that she has hired a lawyer and is considering suing Gorilla Glue on the grounds that the absence of “hair” on the product’s warning label is misleading. Gorilla Glue, for their part, have apologized for Brown’s circumstances, but have also stressed that their products are not to be used in the manner in which she used them.

In the meantime, Brown is flying out to Los Angeles after being contacted by a plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Obeng, who said he could remove the adhesive from her head in a three-day procedure. Such a procedure would normally cost around $12,500, but the surgeon has pledged to do the work pro bono.

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