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: Vibrant Rainbow (red at the top fading down into yellow, bright blue, and bright plum at the tips). This color is not a blend; the individual strands are multicolored.
In the fifth picture, Yvette is wearing box braids made from Vibrant Rainbow high heat kanekalon.
The sixth picture is a color comparison that shows Vibrant Rainbow on the left, and kk jumbo braid in Red, Yellow, Polar Blue, and Orchid on the right. Red and Yellow are close matches to the colors at the top of Vibrant Rainbow. Polar Blue is a little darker than the blue portion of Vibrant Rainbow; the next closest match is Sky Blue, which is lighter.
The purple at the ends doesn't have a perfect match. Orchid, which is shown in the comparison picture, is lighter and brighter. Purple is darker and cooler, and Neon Violet is brighter and pinker. If you're looking to get a close match to the purple at the ends, we recommend blending purple and pink shades, like Turkish Delight high heat kanekalon, Neon Purple high heat kanekalon, Dark Purple kk jumbo braid, Purple kk jumbo braid, and Neon Violet kk jumbo braid.
The seventh picture shows Vibrant Rainbow on the left, and Reverse Rainbow (turned upside down) on the right.