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: 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: Heather (1B Off Black at the top fading down into a medium purple shade in the center and a bright, light purple at the tips. This color is not a blend; the individual strands are black and the top and colored at the tips.
The purple in the middle is almost identical to Medium Purple kk jumbo braid, and the purple at the ends is almost identical to Bright Lilac high heat kanekalon.
The last two product pictures are color comparison shots that show the following:
- Heather on the left and Purple Iris, Vintage Purple, and Bright Lilac from top to bottom on the right. All four colors are high heat kanekalon.
- Heather on the left and Medium Purple, Light Grape, and Lavender from top to bottom on the right. Heather is high heat kanekalon and the other three colors are kk jumbo braid.