High heat kanekalon is a type of synthetic fiber used for wig making, braids, and dreads. It's quite durable and tough, and has a heat resistance of 250°F (120°C), sometimes higher. It's much softer and silkier than kanekalon and can be a bit slippery. It comes in a considerably wider range of colors than regular kk, though, so sometimes it's worth the effort to work with!
High heat kanekalon does not shrink down like regular kanekalon and will stay quite soft even when it's set.
Boiling water generally isn't hot enough to seal high heat kanekalon. We recommend using a steamer or a wet wash cloth and straightener to seal dreads. High heat kanekalon is best suited for crochet dreads. For braids, it's best to seal the ends with rubber bands or thread, or use a damp cloth/straightener (like with dreads).
Because high heat kanekalon has a smoother texture and comes in smaller bags than kk jumbo braid, it is also less voluminous. We recommend using around 20-50% more bags than you normally would with kk jumbo braid, depending on the style.
Weight: 2.8 ounces (80 g).
Texture: Smooth, only very slightly kinky yaky texture. High heat kanekalon is very soft and somewhat slippery compared to regular kanekalon.
Brand: I Kick Shins.
Color: Cool Grey.
The third picture shows Cool Grey on the left and 1B Off Black with Nickel Grey Tips on the right. Cool Grey is considerably lighter than Nickel Grey.
The fourth shows Solid Grey on the left, Cool Grey in the center, and 51 Grey on the right. Cool Grey is darker and cooler than solid grey, and lighter than 51 Grey. Solid Grey and 51 Grey are regular kk jumbo braid, not high heat.
The fifth picture shows Cool Grey high heat kk on the left, and Light Grey high heat kk on the right. The colors are very similar to each other, but Cool Grey is just a tiny bit darker and cooler than Light Grey.