A talented wigmaker from Lagos, Helen Williams, has achieved an incredible feat by setting a new Guinness World Record with the creation of the world’s longest handmade wig, measuring a stunning 1,152 feet and 5 inches – longer than three football fields.
Helen spent 11 days and invested $2,493 in crafting this record-breaking masterpiece. Using a wig-cap, black fabric, and a bicycle helmet as the underlay, she meticulously attached 1,000 bundles of hair, employed 12 cans of hairspray, utilized 35 tubes of hair glue, and secured it all with 6,250 hair clips.
The video released by Guinness World Records showcases the colossal pile of black tresses and captures the stunning moment when Helen models her creation on a running track.
With eight years of professional experience as a wigmaker, Helen Williams has produced thousands of wigs at a remarkable rate of 50 to 300 hairpieces per week. Despite her expertise, crafting a wig measuring nearly a quarter of a mile in length posed significant challenges.
Williams admitted feeling exhausted during the process but credited the encouragement from friends and family for helping her maintain focus. The final challenge was finding a venue large enough to accurately measure her record-breaking creation. Helen chose to display her enormous wig on the side of a highway between Lagos and Abeokuta.
The extraordinary wig, now safely stored in Williams’ office, is open for public viewing, inviting anyone to marvel at this incredible achievement.
Reflecting on her Guinness World Record, Williams said, “This achievement is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.”