“Gorilla Glue Girl” Tessica Brown has hit back at trolls who claimed she staged her TikTok hair disaster to win social media fame.
Tessica, 40, went viral after revealing she had been unable to remove the tough adhesive from her scalp for a month.
She won support from celebrities and this week flew to LA to take up an offer of $12, 500 plastic surgery for free, The Sun reports.
But she has been stung by online critics who accused her of faking her predicament to win clout on video sharing site TikTok.
She told Entertainment Tonight she never dreamt her video would spread to millions around the world.
Tessica said: “The reason I went to the internet, because I never was gonna take it to social media, was because I didn’t know what else to do.
“And I know somebody out there could have told me something.
“I didn’t think for one second, when I got up the next morning, it was gonna be everywhere.”
Tessica said the online hate she received was so bad it made her reluctant to accept the offers of help that came flooding in.
She said: “A lot of people want to give me help, but the reason I wasn’t accepting it was because I don’t want people to be like, ‘Oh, that’s why she did it.’”
Yesterday Tessica was said to be recovering well after a gruelling four-hour operation to remove the glue.
LA plastic surgeon Dr Michael Obeng treated her for free after seeing her sticky situation online.
The mother-of-five, from Louisiana, was placed under a light anaesthesia for the first round of an expected three-day procedure to free her stuck scalp at the Beverly Hills clinic, filmed by TMZ.
Dr Obeng, the director of MiKO Plastic Surgery, created a solution to dissolve the main ingredient in Gorilla Glue, polyurethane.
“Initially I thought it was a joke!” he said.
“We figured out the science of how to break it down.”
He used a combination of medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and a dash of acetone to remove the glue from Tessica’s scalp.
He first tested his concoction on a dummy head with real human hair and extensions.
The plastic surgeon then sprayed the solution onto Tessica’s hair while combing it through and separating thick areas with scissors.
Tessica appeared emotional in footage after the op as she immediately reaches to feel for her hair.
“I can scratch it. I wish I’d have waited for my little sister to cut my ponytail off!”
“It’s over … over … over,” she trailed off.
Dr Obeng warned that Tessica’s disastrous styling experiment was “no joke”.
“She is very very lucky she did not sustain a lot of injuries to her scalp,” he said. “This type of ordeal is no joke.”
Dr Obeng said the predicament had taken a huge mental and physical toll on Tessica.
He said: “The many nights that she couldn’t, sleep, the anxiety. Right before surgery we had to give her a medication to relax her.
“She’s been through a lot.”
Tessica said she initially went to a local hospital for help, but the acetone they applied did not shift the glue.
She chopped off her ponytail to ease her pain, but said it still burned and she feared she would never look like herself again.
Beyonce’s stylist offered to make her a wig as her hair disaster got even worse.
A GoFundMe for Brown’s medical bills and wigs for hair has reached $20,385.
The Gorilla Glue company says its spray adhesive is permanent and should not be used on hair or skin.
But Tessica is reportedly considering suing the glue maker.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced here with permission