Tessica Brown‘s horrific hair journey has come to an end.
Brown, a TikToker, now infamously known as the Gorilla Glue girl, went viral earlier this month when she revealed that after running out of Got2b Glue freeze hairspray, she catastrophically opted to use permanent bond adhesive Gorilla Glue as a substitute.
After numerous failed attempts to remove the product from her hair, Brown is now free from her adhesive shackles, thanks to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng. TMZ reported that Brown flew out from Louisiana on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Obeng.
The surgeon offered to perform the $12,500 procedure pro bono, which took roughly four hours to complete. TMZ was on-site and recorded the whole operation. The media outlet reported that Brown was under light anesthesia during the process and was noticeably relieved once she realized she could run her fingers through her hair again.
Dr. Obeng told the publication he used a mixture of medical-grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil, and acetone to break down the polyurethane — the main ingredient in Gorilla Glue. Before operating on Brown, Dr. Obeng attempted his method on a medical manikin’s scalp.
When asked if she was done doing her own hair for a while, Brown replied, “I need my hair done. It’s Valentine’s Day this week.”
As previously reported, the mother of five’s hasty decision to use Gorilla Glue did more than just bond her hair together for weeks. Brown claims that she suffered from severe headaches despite home remedies and even a trip to the emergency room. Although she was eventually able to cut off her ponytail, Brown was unsuccessful at removing the product from her hair and only further irritated her scalp.
A representative for Gorilla Glue told TMZ, “We are glad that Miss Brown was able to be treated, and we hope that she is doing well.” The company had been following Brown’s story since it first made headlines and has been vocal about their concerns for her.
Brown recently obtained legal representation and was reportedly looking to sue the brand because she felt that because the product’s warnings did not include a specific reference not to use on hair, she had grounds to file a complaint. There’s no word on whether she will go through with her suit.
Social media reacted to news of Brown’s success, and although some took the opportunity to crack a few jokes, most were happy that her hair nightmare come to an end. “GORILLA GLUE GIRL GOT HER HAIR BACK YASSSSS,” one Twitter user expressed.
Another person wrote, “I’m happy that Tessica Brown was able to be treated for her accident. As suburban accidents go, that has to come with mountains of embarrassment. #GorillaGlueGirl.”
In the meantime, Beyoncé’s hairstylist, Neil Farinah, has offered his services to provide a wig and treat Brown’s scalp. She has also collected over $14,000 through her GoFundMe account to help with recovery.
Check out Tessica’s journey below.