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 than kk jumbo braid, it is also less voluminous. We recommend using around 20% more bags than you normally would with kk jumbo braid, depending on the style.
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: Lagoon (613 Platinum Blond at the top, teal in the center, and a deep royal blue color at the tips).
The last five pictures are color comparisons and blacklight shots that show the following:
- Lagoon on the left and Marine on the right.
- Lagoon on the left, and Electric Teal, Blue Raspberry, and Bluebonnet from top to bottom on the right.
- Lagoon on the left, and 613 Platinum Blond, Turquoise, and Navy Blue kk jumbo braid from top to bottom on the right.
- The blond at the top of Lagoon under blacklight. It glows a light pinkish color. The blue shades do not react at all.