Another woman from Nigeria smashes the Guinness World Record.

Helen Williams Breaks Guinness World Record

Helen Williams, a wigmaker from Lagos, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records by creating the world’s longest handmade wig.

Helen Williams, hailing from Lagos, is not just a wigmaker; she is an artist who transforms strands of hair into works of art. Her journey into the world of wig-making began as a personal passion and evolved into a career that now stands as a testament to her skill and determination. Helen’s dedication to her craft has not only garnered local recognition but has now reverberated on the global stage through her Guinness World Record achievement.

Helen’s Guinness World Record is a testament to her commitment to pushing boundaries. The wig she meticulously crafted breaks the mold, measuring an astonishing length that captures the imagination. Beyond being a mere accessory, this handmade marvel is a symbol of creativity meeting determination, a fusion of tradition and innovation that reflects the essence of Nigerian artistry.

Achieving a Guinness World Record is no small feat, and Helen Williams’ journey to this milestone is a story of passion, persistence, and precision. Her commitment to perfecting her craft, coupled with an unwavering belief in her abilities, propelled her to undertake the ambitious task of creating the world’s longest handmade wig.

The wig measures an astounding 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in), with Helen dedicating 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) to crafting this remarkable wig.

The GWR acknowledged her feat by sharing on its official “X” account, “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)”

Helen, after constructing the underlay with wig-cap netting and black fabric attached to a bicycle helmet, 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,” shared Helen. “My experience as a wigmaker helped a lot.”

Helen is a professional wigmaker with eight years of experience. She produces an impressive 50 to 300 wigs per week.

Despite her background, creating this record-breaking wig presented its own set of challenges.

“At some point, I felt exhausted,” she admitted. “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.”

Finding a space to have the wig laid out in a straight line and accurately measured was one of the biggest challenges Helen faced, 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.

Having achieved the feat, the extraordinary wig resides in Helen’s office, where she invites anyone interested to come and admire it “whenever they want to.”

Reacting to her new feat in the Guinness World Records book, Helen expressed her joy, remarking, ‘it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.’

Helen set the new record after compatriot Hilda Baci’s remarkable feat at cooking, which has since been overrode by an Irish cook, Alan Fisher.

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