Tough and durable high heat braiding hair, commonly used for festival and rave braid styles.
High heat kanekalon is, as the name implies, kanekalon with a high resistance to heat; it can withstand temperatures around 250°F (120°C), sometimes higher.
It tends to stay quite soft even when it's set and will not shrink down the way regular kanekalon does.
It's also much softer and silkier than regular kanekalon jumbo braid, and can be a bit slippery. High heat kanekalon comes in a considerably wider range of colors than regular kk, though, so sometimes it's worth the effort to work with!
We recommend using a steamer or a wet wash cloth and straightener to seal dreads. High heat kanekalon is better suited for crochet dreads than the smooth, twisted kind. For braids, it's best to seal the ends with rubber bands or thread, or use a damp cloth/straightener (like with dreads).
Because high heat kanekalon has a smoother texture and are less voluminous than kanekalon jumbo braid, you'll need more of it for any given style. We recommend getting a couple more packs than you normally would use; most of our customers use around 8-14 packs of high heat for a full head of medium-sized box braids. You can see a size comparison of high heat kanekalon next to different styles of jumbo braid here.