Tessica Brown, the woman who became a viral sensation after using Gorilla Glue as hairspray, has used her platform to share the worrying news she received during her mammogram.
Here's the full story...
Now, we all know the story of "Gorilla Glue Girl."
After using the adhesive spray as an alternative to hairspray, Tessica Brown rose to viral fame for her videos that documented the gruelling journey to remove the glue from her hair.
According to Tessica, she couldn't wash out the glue or even shave her head, due to the hair being so slick against her skin.
Tessica originally posted a video to TikTok to explain how it all happened:
"When I do my hair, I like to finish it off with a little Göt2b Glued Spray, you know, just to keep it in place. Well, I didn't have any more Göt2b Glued Spray, so I used this: Gorilla Glue spray. Bad, bad, bad idea. My hair, it don't move. You hear what I'm telling you? It. Don't. Move."
Gorilla Glue quickly responded, telling TMZ:
We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on he… https://t.co/zX35PQzE5b— Gorilla Glue (@Gorilla Glue)1612812607.0
"The less aggressive solvent for her hair/scalp would be rubbing alcohol to try and saturate her hair and then gently comb it out and shampoo."
The company went on to say her hair was "likely fractured at the root," as it had been stuck for such a long time.
They added that Gorilla Glue staff "certainly hope for the best."
In her initial video, which has been viewed over eighteen million times, Tessica said:
"Hey, y'all. For those of you that know me know that my hair has been like this for about a month now. It's not by choice. No, it's not by choice."
At one point in the clip, she pats her head showing just how hard her hair has set.
Some people advised her to wash her hair with shampoo, resulting in Tessica uploading a video showing why that didn't help.
She said: "Look, you wipe it off and nothing happens. Like, this is the life that I'm living at this point."
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But despite the stressful ordeal, things began looking up for Tessica.
Dr. Michael Obeng, a plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills, offered his services, claiming that he could fix Tessica's problem...
Meet Dr Michael Obeng,the only black plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills and is making millions working with high-prof… https://t.co/MfRFi8CyJ5— Mystory Ng (@Mystory Ng)1575526265.0
But he estimated that it would take roughly 3 days to remove the glue completely.
Not only did this provide a bit of hope for Tessica, but Dr. Obeng also agreed to perform the $12,500 procedure free of charge!
All of us waiting for updates like: #gorillagluegirl https://t.co/p4JBRY9DIO— LA White (@LA White)1612681281.0
Which would involve Tessica firstly removing her entire ponytail.
Although unable to remove the glue, a hairstylist managed to cut away Tessica's ponytail.
As per the Mail Online, in a video explaining what they had done, the hairstylist said:
"I was able to get the ponytail off, but it's still not opening it up as you all can see."
Following the procedure, Tessica left the hospital with a blanket over her face and head after everything "went well."
"The surgery went well," Obeng said. "Tessica is doing well. She's awake. The hair crew is doing her hair."
In footage obtained by TMZ, Tessica was seen being able to run her fingers through her hair...
Meaning that she was finally free!
Sporting a much shorter - but healthier - haircut, Tessica seemed both exhausted and relieved as she came around from the procedure...
GORILLA GLUE GIRL GOT HER HAIR BACK YASSSSS https://t.co/FvS6zOmzx1— T (@T)1613037108.0
But it was clear that she was simply relieved that the nightmare was finally coming to an end.
People from all across the world quickly sent Tessica messages of support and sympathy...
And, after she set up a GoFundMe page, they also started sending her money.
With an original target of $1,500, Tessica's GoFundMe page reached a grand total of $23,873.
That's a lot of money.
Tessica humbly donated most of the money to the Restore Foundation - a charity run by Dr. Michael Obeng that provides reconstructive surgery.
And as for why Tessica did this?
Well, she said she wants others to have access to these kinds of treatments even if they can't afford them.
According to her manager, Tessica kept $1,000 of the money to pay for the emergency room visit she made...
And also planned on giving some to local families in need.
But now, over a month on from the infamous incident, Tessica has become somewhat of an influencer in her own right.
The mom-of-5 hired a full-blown celebrity management team, including an agent, after the incident to capitalize on her new-found fame.
But, in preparation for her upcoming plastic surgery, she has been forced to announce some worrying news to her fans.
Her manager, Gina Rodriguez, said that Dr. Michael Obeng, the same plastic surgeon that took the glue out of her hair, found evidence of lumps in both her breasts during a pre-surgical exam for a breast lift, breast implants, and abdominal liposuction, TMZ reported.
Brown had a mammogram to confirm the presence of the masses and then had surgery to remove them, TMZ added.
They are now being tested for cancer.