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: Stoplight (dark emerald green at the top transitioning down into yellow in the center and cool cherry red at the ends. The green at the top is very similar to Basil high heat kanekalon and Emerald Green kk jumbo braid.
The last two product pictures are color comparison shots that show the following:
- Stoplight on the left and Basil, Mustard Yellow, and Dark Cherry Red from top to bottom on the right. All four colors are high heat kanekalon.
- Stoplight on the left and Emerald Green, Yellow, Red, and Pepperoni from top to bottom on the right. Stoplight is high heat kanekalon and the other four colors are kk jumbo braid.