In a groundbreaking achievement, Helen Williams, a seasoned wigmaker hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, has officially entered the Guinness World Records for creating the longest handmade wig on record. The prestigious announcement was made by the Guinness World Records on their Twitter handle, @GWR, revealing the extraordinary dimensions of the wig – an astonishing 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in).
Williams, drawing on eight years of experience in the wigmaking industry, dedicated an impressive 11 days and over N200,000 (£2,031; $2,493) to meticulously craft this record-breaking wig. Known for her prolific output, Williams typically produces between 50 to 300 wigs per week, showcasing her commitment and passion for her craft.
The Guinness World Records detailed the intricate process involved in creating this monumental wig. Williams constructed the underlay using wig-cap netting and black fabric attached to a bicycle helmet. The final masterpiece required an astounding 1,000 bundles of hair, 12 cans of hair spray, 35 tubes of hair glue, and 6,250 hair clips.
This achievement not only highlights Helen Williams’ exceptional talent but also emphasizes the richness of creativity within Nigeria’s artisan community. Her story serves as an inspiration to aspiring wigmakers and individuals striving to push the boundaries of their respective crafts.
The news of Williams’ Guinness World Record has generated widespread interest, shedding light on the diversity of talents emerging from Nigeria. It stands as a testament to the country’s ability to produce world-class artisans and innovators.
Source: The Punch Nigeria
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