Nigerian wigmaker Helen Williams has achieved a new record for the world’s longest handmade wig, which stretches an amazing 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in).
In a statement on Tuesday, the Guinness World Records (GWR) stated that Williams spent 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) 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,” the GWR stated.
On her part, Lagos-based Williams was quoted as saying, “Finding the materials to make the longest wig was not an easy task. My experience as a wigmaker helped a lot.”
She added that she has trained hundreds of students and “made thousands of wigs.”
It was challenging setting the world record, but she expressed gratitude to her friends and family whom she said encouraged her to achieve the feat.
“I did not want to let them down, so I maintained my focus. The outcome is the longest handmade wig in the world.
“This achievement is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.
“My advice to everyone out there is: dreams are attainable. However, the journey is a very rough one,” she said.
The Nigerian wig maker has been working as a professional wigmaker for eight years, producing between 50 to 300 wigs weekly.