How to Change the Texture of Kanekalon Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Kanekalon hair is a synthetic hair that is used to form braid extensions and is occasionally what makes the hair strands of synthetic wigs. Straight out of the package, loose pieces of Kanekalon hang long with a defined crimp. Using hot water or steam tools, the texture of Kanekalon can be changed to suit your styling needs.

Take Kanekalon hair from packaging and remove any binding twists. Separate hair into three to four easy-to-manage sections and bind one end of each section with a ponytail holder.

Fill a large hob pot with water and heat the water to approximately 82.2 degrees Celsius.

Place the long portion of each Kanekalon ponytail into the pot of hot water and allow to soak for 15 to 20 seconds. Remove the Kanekalon from the pot and blot with a towel. Repeat with each ponytail.

Pin the ponytail of Kanekalon hair to a piece of cardboard or a wig form. Insert a straight pin or T-pin through the ponytail holder to secure. Allow the Kanekalon to dry while hanging straight.

Comb through the lengths of the ponytail with your fingers, followed by a wide-tooth comb. Once the Kanekalon has been detangled and is hanging straight, use a brush with even bristles, such as a vent brush, to brush through the hair.

Remove straightened Kanekalon from pins and ponytail holders and apply as desired.

Remove Kanekalon hair from packaging and binding. Separate the bundle of hair into small sections, one for each curl, depending on how curly you would like the hair to be.

Wrap each section of hair around a curling rod. Secure ends with a small ponytail holder if needed.

Heat water in a large hob pot until it reaches 82.2 degrees Celsius.

Dip each curling rod into the hot water and allow to soak for 15 to 20 seconds. Remove each rod and blot dry with a towel.

Arrange rods on the towel and allow them to cool to room temperature and dry. Gently remove each curl from the rod. Apply Kanekalon hair as desired.


Kanekalon hair is heat-safe up to 93.3 degrees Celsius. Kanekalon hair will hold its new texture through three shampoos. Once Kanekalon hair has been applied, the hair can be re-curled using steam curlers.


Do not use direct-heat tools, such as hair irons, on Kanelkalon hair, as the hair will melt.

Things You'll Need

  • Kanekalon hair
  • Small ponytail holders
  • Straight pins or T-pins
  • Cardboard or wig form
  • Water thermometer
  • Large hob pot
  • Towel
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Evenly bristled brush
  • Curling rods
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About the Author

Jennifer Van Leigh began writing short pieces in 2007. With over five years in the hair industry, Van Leigh has contributed articles at Atlanta Salon & Spa and is certified as an extensions stylist. She studied scriptwriting and creative nonfiction in Gallery 37, a Chicago youth arts program.