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).
This color has a bit of a chemical smell in its silicone coating; we recommend doing a thorough vinegar rinse before wearing.
Length: 24" folded, 48" unfolded (60 cm folded, 120 cm unfolded).
Weight: 3.5 ounces (100 g).
Texture: Kinky jumbo braid texture.
Brand: I Kick Shins.
Color: Rainbow (red at the top fading down into neon orange, yellow, cool lime green, aqua, and lilac at the tips). This color is not a blend; the individual strands are multicolored.
The last product picture is a color comparison shot that shows Rainbow high heat kanekalon on the left, and kk jumbo braid in Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime Green, Sky Blue, and Orchid from top to bottom on the right.