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).
Length: 24" folded, 48" unfolded (60 cm folded, 120 cm unfolded).
Weight: 3.5 ounces (100 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: Countess (1B Off Black at the top transitioning down into a deep, dark red in the center, and true red at the tips). This color is not a blend; the individual strands are black and the top and colored at the tips.
The seventh product picture is a color comparison shot that shows Countess on the left, and Black Cherry, Dark Cherry Red, and Rose on the right. All four colors are high heat kanekalon.
The last product picture shows Countess on the left, and kk jumbo braid in 1B/BG Red Wine, Burgundy, and Pepperoni on the right. The red at the ends of Countess is almost identical to Pepperoni.