A 20-year-old TikToker has gone viral after claiming she ‘accidentally’ copied TikTok’s famous Gorilla Glue girl. Meet Avani Reyes!
Tessica Brown, a mother from Louisiana, took over TikTok last week when she used Gorilla Glue spray, an adhesive that’s supposed to be used on materials like wood, metal or glass, as an alternative to hairspray.
This resulted in her hair being stuck solid for over a month, a 22-hour hospital trip and a threatened lawsuit before finally getting the glue surgically removed from her head.
Now, another TikTok star, known as the ‘Gorilla Glue copycat’ claims she did the same thing. Here’s everything you need to know about Avani Reyes…
Who is Avani Reyes?
Avani Reyes is a TikTok content creator with over 481,000 followers on her profile @avanireyes.
In her bio, she reveals that she is transgender and says: “I do makeup sometimes, I can’t dance”. Her videos often revolve around beauty and fashion and get up to a million views.
The 20-year-old from Massachusetts, United States is also on Instagram and goes by the name @uhvanee.
Avani Reyes is the ‘Gorilla Glue copycat’
Avani is now being dubbed the ‘Gorilla Glue copycat’ after she took to TikTok this week to reveal that she had got Gorilla Glue stuck in her hair like Tessica Brown did.
In a video that’s now had 3.1 million views, she showed herself trying to comb her solid, pink hair and said: “Guys my hair will not comb.”
Then, in a second video, she revealed that she was on her way to the hospital.
“Ya’ll I’m on the way to the hospital right now, my scalp is burning. I need to go to the hospital so they can remove this Gorilla Glue. I have no idea what to do. I tried washing it, it doesn’t come off,” she said.
She then continued to post a series more videos related to the Gorilla Glue in her hair. In one, she appeared to be having a panic attack, whilst in another, she documented her journey to the hospital.
The hospital then told her that she should apply olive oil, tea tree oil or coconut oil onto her hair to attempt to remove the glue. So, in the next video, she proceeded to do exactly that.
“Update on the Gorilla Glue, it did not come out. I used coconut oil for like half an hour and then I just washed my hair and there is still Gorilla Glue in my head. Guess I gotta go bald,” she said.
Then, Avani revealed that she had started a GoFundMe page and raised enough funds to get surgery to remove the Gorilla Glue.
Did she do it for the clout?
TikTok users were deeply concerned when original Gorilla Glue girl Tessica Brown accidentally got the adhesive stuck in her hair, but Avani certainly isn’t getting the same sympathy.
Social media users are convinced that she only did it for attention, knowing that she would go viral if she put Gorilla Glue in her hair. However, Avani hasn’t actually confirmed or denied whether the incident was accidental or done on purpose.
One person wrote on Twitter: “I’ll give it to Tessica, I’m convinced that she really didn’t know about gorilla glue being that strong, But that’s a one in 8 billion case. Everyone else did it just for the soul fact that she did. I guess 5 minutes of fame is just that important to some people.”
“Why would you do that to yourself knowing what that other chick went through when she put that in her hair? What is the science behind your thought process?” said another.