The comedy of errors has a happy ending.
A couple of days ago, we reported on the saga of Tessica Brown, an Ohio woman who sprayed her hair with extra-strength Gorilla Glue adhesive after running out of her usual hair spray. After a month of having her hair stuck in a ponytail, she posted about her plight on Instagram and Twitter, where she became an overnight sensation, drawing support and donations from kindly folks. One such kindly person was Dr. Michael Obeng, a plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills, California who had Brown’s story passed onto him by someone from his office.
“Initially I thought it was a joke, but my office said, ‘Hey, can you remove Gorilla Glue from somebody’s scalp?’” Obeng told TMZ. “I said, of course.”
Obeng reached out to Brown and offered to remove the adhesive from her hair for free. She agreed, traveled to Beverly Hills, and engaged in a four-hour-long procedure to remove the glue. According to Obeng, the process was a matter of simple chemistry; he utilized a combination of medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and acetone to destabilize and remove the adhesive. When it was all over, Brown was finally able to run her hands through her hair again.
“It’s over. Over,” she said in the footage of her surgery as she cried tears of joy. “Over.” She added later on that she wished she had known the surgery was an option before chopping off her ponytail.
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Upon receiving the news of Brown’s treatment, a representative from Gorilla Glue commented, “We are glad that Miss Brown was able to be treated and we hope that she is doing well.”
Incidentally, prior to receiving her treatment, Brown spoke to Entertainment Tonight on the possibility of her suing Gorilla Glue over their warning labels. She insisted that she never had any intention of doing this, and that it was a miscommunication. “Again, I don’t know where all of this is coming from. Because, at this point, everybody is saying it.”