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: Pastel Rainbow. Pink at the top transitioning down into yellow, bright green, and light blue at the tips. The pink at the top of this color is almost identical to Raspberry Ice high heat kanekalon.
The last two product pictures are color comparison shots that show the following:
- Pastel Rainbow on the left and Raspberry Ice, Light Pink, Mustard Yellow, Moss Green, Green, and Light Blue from top to bottom on the right. All of the colors in the picture are high heat kanekalon except Green, which is henlon braid.
- Pastel Rainbow on the left and Baby Pink, Yellow, Lime Green, and Sky Blue from top to bottom on the right. Pastel Rainbow is high heat, and the other colors are kk jumbo braid.