Helen Williams, a wigmaker based in Lagos, achieved a Guinness World Record for crafting the world’s longest handmade wig, measuring an incredible 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in). She dedicated 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) to create this remarkable piece.
The GWR acknowledged her feat, by sharing on its official “X” account, “Helen Williams from Lagos, Nigeria has achieved a new record for the longest handmade wig which stretches an incredible 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in)”
Helen, leveraging her eight years of expertise as a professional wigmaker, assembled the base using wig-cap netting and black fabric attached to a bicycle helmet. Completing the hairpiece required 1,000 bundles of hair, 12 cans of hair spray, 35 tubes of hair glue, and 6,250 hair clips.
Despite her extensive background in wig making, creating this record-setting wig posed its own unique challenges. One major hurdle was finding a suitable location for accurately measuring the wig’s length. Despite visiting numerous venues, including several running tracks, none provided enough space to lay out the wig in a straight line.
Ultimately, Helen opted to measure the wig alongside the Lagos–Abeokuta Expressway, a lengthy road connecting Lagos and Abeokuta. After successfully achieving this remarkable feat, the exceptional wig now resides in Helen’s office. She warmly welcomes anyone interested to visit and admire the wig at their convenience.
Reacting to her new feat in the Guinness World Records book, Helen expressed her joy, remarking ‘it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.’
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