Oh My, PLEASE DONT TRY!
We all remember our dear friend Tessica Brown! Earlier this year she had a little oops moment that landed her front and center on the social media stage and branded her with the unforgettable nickname “Gorilla Glue Girl”.
If you don’t know the story, here is the short version:
Back in January, Tessica got her hair done. She left the salon, rocking a really cute, sleeked back braided ponytail. She was lit! Fast forward a few weeks and she wanted to freshen her style up, but realized that she didn’t have her normal hairspray(Gots Ta Be Glued) in the house. That’s where things took a turn for the worst. Without thinking it through, she grabbed Gorilla Glue adhesive spray and proceeded to use it as hairspray. YIKES! About a month goes by and she surfaces on tiktok asking for help, as she realized that the spray she used in her hair had actually glued it down. As she was looking for help, she created a GoFundMe and was able to raise $20,000, eventually a Plastic surgeon got wind of her story and volunteered to help remove the glue from her hair surgically. The process was painstaking and her scalp suffered quite a bit of trauma, but she made it! Then, Tessica did what any true American would do and capitalized off of her 15 min. She made merch and as of late has come out with a Hair growth oil (which we’ll talk about in next weeks email).
Her story quickly became viral and in true social media form, the critics critiqued. I heard and read everything from “she’s stupid” to “this is just a publicity stunt”.
Now granted, I had my own opinion about the act itself and wondered how she could confuse Hairspray with Glue, however, I took a less harsh approach than some.
Everyone and I mean EVERYONE, has had a gorilla glue moment. What I mean by that is, consider a decision (or 2) you’ve made, that hasn’t been all the way thought through and it doesn’t become apparent until much later. A gorilla glue moment doesn’t even have to be hair related.
The difference between our moment and Tessica’s is simply the camera.
The other thing I thought about, was about how it seems that we are very determined to keep our styles for extended periods of time. Why? Does that say something about our society/culture and the way we feel about how we look? Ive been in the industry for a long time and have seen people ruin their hair with actual hair products, let alone something as serious as Gorilla glue. From Pump it up, to black hair glue build up stuck to the scalp and more. We place the “look” over the safety/health of the hair and scalp.
Lets not call Tessica stupid or even say she did it for publicity.. Instead, lets use her story and others alike, as a mirror and practice compassion.
Or at the very least, lets start separating the person from the behavior. She’s not stupid…but what she did(the behavior) may not have been smart.
What did you learn from Tessica’s story? What was your Gorilla Glue moment?
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