A Nigerian wigmaker named Helen has accomplished an incredible feat by breaking the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s longest handmade wig.
With a dedicated effort spanning 11 days and a financial investment of over two million naira, she successfully crafted a wig that measures an astounding 351.28 meters in length.
Guinness World Record made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday, saying: “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.”
Despite having such extensive experience, creating the record-breaking wig was not a simple feat for Helen.
“At some point, I felt exhausted,” she shared.
“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.”
Helen encountered a significant obstacle in her quest to find a suitable location for laying out and measuring the wig in a straight line.
Despite visiting various venues, including multiple running tracks, none of them proved to be long enough to accommodate her needs. Eventually, she made the decision to carry out the task alongside the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, a lengthy road that connects 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”.
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.”
More wig world records
- The world’s widest wig was made by Dani Reynolds (Australia) and measured to be 2.58 metres (8 ft 6 in) wide on 12 November 2022.
- The world’s tallest wig was made by Emilio Minnicelli (Italy). It was modelled in the main square of the Bologna Piazza Maggiore on 15 May 2004, where it was measured to be 14.3 metres (46 ft 11 in) tall.
- The world’s longest hair extension was made by Nikola Kulezic (Serbia) and measured a length of 820.29 metres (2691 ft 3 in) on 26 June 2013.