Nigerian wigmaker Helen Williams has achieved the Guinness World Record for creating the Longest Hand-made Wig globally.
According to a statement from GWR, she crafted the world’s longest handmade wig, measuring 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in).
Helen dedicated 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) to the creation of this remarkable wig.
Following the attachment of the underlay, including wig-cap netting and black fabric secured to a bicycle helmet, Helen finished the wig by utilizing 1,000 bundles of hair, 12 cans of hair spray, 35 tubes of hair glue, and 6,250 hair clips.
“Procuring the materials for creating the longest wig posed challenges. My expertise as a wigmaker proved invaluable in overcoming these obstacles.”
Helen has been working as a professional wigmaker for eight years, producing about 50 to 300 wigs per week.
“I have trained hundreds of students and have made thousands of wigs,” she revealed.
She disclosed that while attempting the challenge, she felt exhausted at some point but that her friends and family encouraged her and she did not want to let them down and so she maintained her focus until she achieved her goal.
She said the biggest challenge she faced was finding a space to have the wig laid out in a straight line and accurately measured, as none of the venues she visited – including several running tracks – were long enough to accommodate it. She eventually decided to do it beside the Lagos–Abeokuta Expressway, a long road connecting the cities of Lagos and Abeokuta.
Having grown up reading the annual Guinness World Records book each year, Helen said she is overjoyed at now being a record holder herself.
“It will take a while for me to digest. This achievement is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.”