How to Curl Kanekalon

by Aja Rivers ; Updated September 28, 2017

Kanekalon is a synthetic hair product made by the Japanese company Kaneka. It's commonly used for hair extensions and weaves, as well as wigs and doll hair. Kanekalon is flame-retardant and comes in a variety of styles, including braids, straight extensions and kinky extensions. It comes in more than 120 colors. Straight Kanekalon can be easily curled at home.

Items you will need

  • Salon rods with fasteners
  • Towel
Step 1

Wind the Kanekalon lock completely around a salon rod and secure it with a rod fastener. Use a large rod for loose curls and a thin rod for tight curls.

Step 2

Immerse the rod into hot water at a temperature between 158 to 176 degrees F for 15 seconds.

Step 3

Remove the rod from the hot water and gently blot it dry with a clean towel. Allow the Kanekalon to fully air dry.

Step 4

Unlock the rod fastener and carefully unwind the curled Kanekalon from the rod. It's now ready to use.


  • Once the Kanekalon is curled in this manner, it should hold its curl through several shampoos.


  • Do not use a curling iron on Kanekalon. Most types can't withstand high heat.

Photo Credits

  • Monique Disu/Demand Media

About the Author

Aja Rivers is a New England native who has been writing professionally for nine years. Her poetry has appeared in "Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry," "Main Channel Voices" and "The Aurorean." She has an associate's degree in science from Cape Cod Community College and a paralegal certificate from Gloucester County College. Rivers is also a certified all-breed dog groomer.