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A Nigerian woman, Helen Williams, has secured the Guinness World Record for crafting the longest hand-made wig. The wig she created measures an impressive 351.28 meters (1,152 feet 5 inches). Helen invested 11 days and two million naira (£2,000 or $2,500) in the meticulous construction of the wig, utilizing 1,000 bundles of hair, 12 cans of hair spray, 35 tubes of hair glue, and 6,250 hair clips.
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Helen comes on the back of Hilda Baci’s achievement of setting a record for the longest ‘cookathon’. Expressing her disbelief and joy, she shared, “This achievement is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.” Despite her eight years of experience as a wigmaker, Helen admitted that making the longest hand-made wig was challenging, leaving her feeling exhausted throughout the process. She credited the encouragement from friends and family for keeping her focused, emphasizing that not letting them down was a driving force in accomplishing the feat.
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En route to this remarkable feat, she said to the British Reference Book, “At some point, I felt exhausted…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.”

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Upon completing the wig, Helen faced the challenge of finding an appropriate location for accurate measurement. Opting for a highway connecting Lagos and Abeokuta on July 7, she laid out the wig to confirm its length. Guinness World Records officially recognized and confirmed the record on a subsequent Tuesday. To share her accomplishment, Helen has showcased the record-setting wig in her office, allowing people to witness her remarkable efforts. Source: BBC
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This article was first published on 15th November 2023


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