The Gorilla Glue Chronicles


Eva Dennis, Staff Writer

Louisiana resident, Tessica Brown, has recently been admitted to the hospital and received a plastic surgery consolation after mistakenly using a Gorilla Glue spray adhesive in the place of hair spray. 

Gorilla Glue, based in Sharonville just outside Cincinnati, said its spray is used mainly for crafting projects, such as scrapbooks or holiday decorations. It can be used on surfaces like paper, cardboard, wood, laminate and fabric. Brown claimed to have mistaken Gorilla Glue for the Gorilla Snot hair gel– although she thought that even if she had used Gorilla Glue, she could have simply washed it out, “But when [she]  tried to wash it out, it didn’t move,” Brown stated.  She went to the hospital where staff used a saline solution along with nail polish remover in an attempt to remove the adhesive.  Brown decided this was something she could do at home and eventually left.

While the warnings clearly state that the adhesive is not to come in contact with the eyes, skin, or clothing, hair is not mentioned.  The label recommends to “drench affected area with water for at least 15 minutes” if the product gets on skin and to seek “medical attention if irritation develops.”  Some believe Brown has cause to sue, given the lack of warning on the Gorilla Glue Spray Adhesive label, although she is currently only concerned with fixing her hair problem. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Obeng, has offered to fix her hair using a medical-grade glue remover in a procedure that could last as long as 3 days, free of charge. 

Brown hopes the procedure will fix her problem and effectively end the taunting her daughter has been experiencing at school.