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: Princess (lilac the top fading down to hot pink in the center and a light pastel pink at the tips).
The last two pictures show the following color comparisons:
- From left to right: Anemone, Princess, and Twilight
- Princess on the left, and kk jumbo braid in Light Purple, Pink, and Pastel Pink on the right. Light Purple is a little lighter than the color at the top of Princess; for a closer match, we recommend blending it with a bit of Medium Purple. Pastel Pink is a little cooler than the pink at the tips. Light Pink high heat kanekalon is also a close match to the color at the ends.