Expert warns against dangerous ‘Gorilla Glue’ TikTok trend

Recently there have been several reports of people putting glue in their hair after a woman on TikTok experimented with Gorilla Glue to keep her hair in place after running out of hairspray.

Consequently, the “Gorilla Glue Girl”, whose real name is Tessica Brown, ended up undergoing surgery to remove it.

And now people have started copying the dangerous trend – with a man who applied the powerful adhesive to his lips ending up in the emergency room.

Meanwhile, salon-owner Eric Vaughn reacted by posting a video on TikTok revealing how he regularly uses the industrial-strength glue to secure his client's hair extensions.

Now experts have issued a warning to those who may have seen the videos. Nicole Petty at Milk + Blush warns against the dangers of using glue on your hair.

Speaking of the dangers of putting glue in your hair, Nicole said: “While many may be resorting to acts of desperation to maintain their hair extensions after months away from the hairdressers, using glue on your hair is never a good idea for several reasons.

“Firstly, the glue can cause irreparable damage to the scalp, as it can block your scalp pores, damage your hair follicles and burn/dry out the hair.

“But that’s not the only danger, as the glue which is commonly used to bond artificial hair contains high concentrations of soluble latex antigen. While latex is present in many different household items, the repeated exposure to it has been known to sensitise people, resulting in allergic reactions and in some cases, anaphylactic shock."

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She added: “Another indirect danger of having weaves or extensions glued to your hairline is hair thinning. While using glue to secure your hair may produce the desired aesthetic of long, thick and nourished locks, you could be faced with similar consequences later in life.”

Instead, Nicole suggests considering “clip-in hair extensions” as an alternative.

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