Nigerian woman Helen Williams sets new Guinness World Record for longest handmade wig

Guinness World Record holder Helen Williams

Nigerian woman Helen Williams has set a new record for the longest handmade wig that stretches an incredible 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in).

The Guinness World Record (GWR) disclosed this on Tuesday.

Williams spent 11 days and over N2 million (£2,031, $2,493) making the wig.

According to the GWR, she has been working as a professional wigmaker for eight years, producing anywhere from 50 to 300 wigs per week.

“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),” GWR tweeted.

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After constructing the underlay with wig-cap netting and black fabric attached to a bicycle helmet, she completed the hairpiece using 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. My experience as a wigmaker helped a lot,” Williams 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,” GWR disclosed on its website.