Helen Williams, a wigmaker hailing from Lagos, has secured a place in the Guinness World Records by crafting the world’s longest handmade wig.
This extraordinary wig spans an impressive 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in), and Helen devoted 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) to bring this remarkable creation to life.
The Guinness World Records recognized her remarkable achievement, announcing on its official X account (formerly Twitter),
“Helen Williams from Lagos, Nigeria has achieved a new record for the longest handmade wig which stretches an incredible 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in).”
In the process of constructing this monumental wig, Helen utilized wig-cap netting and black fabric attached to a bicycle helmet as the underlay.
The completion of the hairpiece required 1,000 bundles of hair, 12 cans of hair spray, 35 tubes of hair glue, and 6,250 hair clips.
“Finding the materials to make the longest wig was not an easy task,” shared Helen. “My experience as a wigmaker helped a lot.”
Helen, boasting eight years of professional wigmaking experience, typically produces an impressive 50 to 300 wigs per week.
Despite her background, creating this record-breaking wig presented its own set of challenges.
“At some point, I felt exhausted,” she admitted. “However, friends and family encouraged me. I did not want to let them down, so I maintained my focus. The outcome is the longest handmade wig in the world.”
One of the significant challenges Helen faced was finding a space to lay out the wig in a straight line and measure it accurately.
However, none of the venues she visited, including several running tracks, were long enough to accommodate it her wig
Ultimately, she chose to lay it out beside the Lagos–Abeokuta Expressway, a lengthy road connecting the cities of Lagos and Abeokuta.
Following this extraordinary accomplishment, the record-breaking wig now resides in Helen’s office, where she welcomes anyone interested to come and admire it “whenever they want to.”
Having grown up reading the annual Guinness World Records book each year, Helen expresses overwhelming joy at now being a record holder herself.
“It will take a while for me to digest,” she said. “This achievement is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.”
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