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Nigeria’s Helen Williams sets new Guinness World Record for longest handmade wig

A Nigerian woman has set the Guinness world record for making the longest hand-made wig.

Helen Williams constructed a wig stretching up to 351.28m (1,152ft 5in).

She spent 11 days and $2,500 to create the hairpiece. It took 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 Williams

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

Despite being a wigmaker for eight years, she said it was not an easy task as she “felt exhausted” during the process.

“Friends and family encouraged me. I did not want to let them down, so I maintained my focus. The outcome is the longest hand-made wig in the world,” she said.

After completing the hairpiece, finding a place to lay it out and measure it accurately was difficult. She chose to lay it out on a highway connecting the cities of Lagos and Abeokuta on 7 July.

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Helen Williams

Helen Williams

Guinness World Records confirmed the record on Tuesday.

Ms Williams has displayed the wig in her office so people can come and look at her record-setting efforts.

Earlier this year, Hilda Baci caused a sensation in Nigeria when she broke the world record for cooking non-stop. But she was unseated by Irishman Alan Fisher a few weeks ago.

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