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Nigerian Sets New World Record for Longest Handmade Wig

Helen Williams, a professional wigmaker spent 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) making the wig which stretches 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in)

A Nigerian woman from Lagos city has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest handmade wig.

Helen Williams, a professional wigmaker spent 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) making the wig which stretches 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in).

Her achievement comes about a week after longest-cooking time sensation, Hilda Baci was dethroned. 

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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,” the Guinness World Records (GWR) said announcing Helen’s achievement.

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She told the GWR that although it wasn’t an easy achievement, her experience as a wigmaker for the past eight years helped a lot.

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“I have trained hundreds of students and have made thousands of wigs. Finding the materials to make the longest wig was not an easy task. At some point, I felt exhausted. But my experience as a wigmaker helped a lot,” Helen is quoted by GWR to have said.

She also said her biggest challenge was finding a space to lay out the wig in a straight line so it could be measured accurately.

She eventually did so on a long road connecting the cities of Lagos and Abeokuta.

“Helen now keeps the wig in her office, where she invites anyone to come and look at it ‘whenever they want to,” GWR said.

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