Nigerian wigmaker Helen Williams has created the world’s longest handmade wig, measuring 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in), according to a news report published in guinessworldrecord.com.
Helen spent 11 days and over two million naira making the wig.
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.
Helen has been working as a professional wigmaker for eight years, producing anywhere from 50 to 300 wigs per week.
“I have trained hundreds of students and have made thousands of wigs,” she revealed in an interview published on the website.
Despite having such extensive experience, creating the record-breaking wig was not a simple feat for Helen.
“At some point, I felt exhausted,” she shared.
“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.”
The biggest challenge Helen 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.
Helen now keeps the wig in her office, where she invites anyone to come and look at it “whenever they want to”.