In Summary

  • A Nigerian Helen Williams has set a world record for the longest handmade wig, the Guinness World Records said Tuesday. 
  • She achieved the feat in Lagos with his handmade wig of 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in).
  • Helen spent 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) making the wig,”

Helen Williams, a wigmaker from Lagos, has entered the Guinness World Records by 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 craft this remarkable wig.

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The Guiness World Record acknowledged her feat, by sharing on its official X (formerly Twitter) 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)”

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It Was Not An Easy Task


Despite having such extensive experience, creating the record-breaking wig was not a simple feat for Helen.

“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 not long enough to accommodate it.

Helen did the work beside the Lagos–Abeokuta Expressway – a route linking Ogun and Lagos State.

Am Overjoyed Being a Record Holder

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

Having grown up reading the annual Guinness World Records book each year, Helen is overjoyed at now being a record holder herself.

“It will take a while for me to digest,” she said.

“This achievement is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I still cannot believe it.”






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