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Nigerian Lady, Helen Williams Sets New Guinness Record for Longest Handmade Wig

Helen Williams, a Nigerian lady, has been confirmed as the new record holder for the longest handcrafted wig by Guinness World Records (GWR).

In a blog post on Tuesday, the British reference book announced the success of the Lagos-based wigmaker.

The wig is 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in) long, according to the GWR.

Helen was also said to have dedicated 11 days and over N2 million (£2,031; $2,493) to craft the wig.

“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),” the post reads.

“The process involved constructing an underlay using wig-cap netting and black fabric attached to a bicycle helmet.

“To complete the hairpiece, Helen utilised 1,000 bundles of hair, along with 12 cans of hair spray, 35 tubes of hair glue, and 6,250 hair clips.

“Securing the materials for such a monumental task proved challenging. Helen, drawing on her eight years of experience as a professional wigmaker, expressed that her expertise played a crucial role in overcoming obstacles.

“Throughout her career, she has consistently produced between 50 to 300 wigs per week, trained hundreds of students, and created thousands of wigs.

“A significant hurdle in the process was finding a suitable location to lay out the wig in a straight line for accurate measurement.

“After exploring various venues, none of which were sufficient, Helen ultimately chose the Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway, a lengthy road connecting Lagos and Abeokuta.

“Now proudly housed in her office, the wig serves as a testament to Helen’s dedication and creativity. She welcomes visitors to admire the extraordinary creation at any time.”

On her part, Helen, who is a professional wigmaker with eight years of experience, said “At some point, I felt exhausted”.

“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,” she added.

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