Using your hair straighteners in Thailand

Worried that you won't be able to use your hair straighteners abroad? A guide for those visiting Thailand and bringing their hair straighteners.

Thai power outlet

Summary

First check your hair straighteners can work in Thailand:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] - you may still need to use the correct power adapter for Thailand however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Thai power outlet, however this is considerably bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Thailand, so check that your voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Thailand otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your own personal hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair straighteners in Thailand check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Thailand

Can I use my US hair straighteners in Thailand?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader visiting Thailand and will provide advice on using your US hair straighteners with a Thai power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in Thailand?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can operate using the 220 volts as used in Thailand:

Thailand power outlets

What mains voltage is used in Thailand?

The common residential voltage in Thailand is 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Thai power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Thai power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in Thailand?

Type A, B and C power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use hair straighteners in Thailand?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Thailand, types B, A and C with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, also called a type A power outlet, is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug socket blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The wall outlet (technically known as a type B power outlet) is identified by 2 slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single semicircular hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall outlet by the two round holes next to each other.

A recommended plug adapter to bring when using 220 volt hair straighteners in Thailand is a Type B power adapter [4], read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Thailand. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners will accept a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of your hair straighteners. This location will depend on the make or model of your hair straighteners and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might change automatically, however other straighteners will have a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Thailand then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Thai power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 220 volts used in a Thai power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Thailand.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Thailand or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Thailand with hair straighteners

Can hair straighteners go in hand luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [12] there is no restriction on carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Thailand will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [14] leaves them easily accessible when going through airport security, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around hair straighteners). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.

Power converters for Thailand

Will a power converter work with a normal hair straighteners in Thailand?

A suitable voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Thailand. Travellers who wish to bring along their own hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it might be cheaper to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. A power converter is also significantly heavier and bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Thailand?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Thailand?

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Thailand, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [9] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Thai power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners.

Travelling to Thailand with hair straighteners

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Thailand?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Thailand as it is safer to assume that they will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Thai power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Thailand.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The costs involved in replacing or repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Thailand could outweigh the cost of purchasing cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [14] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [16] which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed right after use without waiting to cool down.

Hair straightener safety

Are hair straighteners dangerous?

The temperature of the ceramic plates used in hair straighteners can reach over 200 degrees with the potential to burn hair, skin, and even start a fire if not used correctly. According to figures from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service electrical beauty products have been responsible for an estimated 650,000 fires in the United Kingdom alone.

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

A heat resistant glove

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

  • Skin protection: Wear heat resistant gloves [17] during styling to protect hands from heat.
  • Children's protection: With 10% of children's burns being caused by hair straighteners it is recommended to look for a model which includes a heat resistant end cap to keep the plates closed shut when not in use, making it easier to store out of reach of children.
  • Luggage protection: Placing hair straighteners directly into luggage without allowing them to cool down can risk damage to clothes and heating up combustible or flammable packed items. If your hair straighteners weren't supplied with a heat protective cap then wrap them in a heat mat [16] or use a hot tools travel case [14] to pack them into luggage whilst warm. A travel case will also keep expensive hair straighteners protected from damage during transit.
  • Hair protection: Applying a heat protectant spray [18] prior to using hair straighteners is essential to prevent burning, as well as using the correct technique for your hair type - read our guide on how to use hair straighteners for comprehensive information.
  • Fire protection: It can take up to 40 minutes for hair straighteners to cool down so resting your straighteners on a heat mat [16] could reduce the risk of setting fire to furniture. Forgetting to turn off hot domestic appliances can also cause fires. This risk can be reduced by using a model of straightener with a timer socket [19] which will turn itself off automatically after a certain length of time, you can also add this feature to any basic straighteners by using a timer socket in a power outlet.

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Hair straighteners connected to a timer power outlet

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

1 in 12 owners of hair straighteners admit to forgetting to turn them off after use, unless your hair straighteners have a built in automatic timer then leaving them on could potentially start a fire. However you can add this functionality to any model even if it doesn't have an integrated timer:

  1. Add an automatic timer to any hair straighteners by plugging them into a timer socket [19] then plugging the timer into a power outlet.
  2. Turn on the timer and use the hair straighteners as normal.
  3. After you have finishing using the hair straighteners turn off the power at the outlet.
  4. However if you forget to turn the power outlet off then the timer will automatically switch off the straighteners after a pre-set length of time. Depending on the model of timer this could be 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes - ideally pick the shortest length of time possible.
  5. For added peace of mind use a power outlet splitter [20] to share the outlet from the timer with both your hair straighteners and a lamp. When the timer is running both the straighteners and the lamp will be turned on, making the lamp a clear indicator that the straighteners are still being heated. When leaving a room it is second nature to ensure all lights are turned off, if the lamp is still on then this acts as a reminder to switch off the straighteners.

How to treat a hot iron burn

If you accidentally burn yourself run cold water under your burn and if it is severe it is advised to seek medical attention from a doctor or hospital.

How to use hair straighteners in Thailand using a type B power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in Thailand using a three pronged Type B travel charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply; if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting to use in Thailand, please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet used in Thailand you will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4]. This Type B plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Thailand by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by inserting the Type B plug adapter into the Thai power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the short live and neutral blades go with a hole below for the earth pin.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Thai power outlet. You can now turn on your straighteners to use in Thailand.
How to use  hair straighteners in Thailand using a type B power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Thailand using a type C power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Thailand using a two pronged Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not proceed as you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts for use in Thailand - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Thailand doesn't accomodate the plug shape on your hair straighteners you will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Thailand by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type C plug adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Thai power outlet. You can now turn on your straighteners for use in Thailand.
How to use  hair straighteners in Thailand using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Thailand using a type A power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in Thailand using a three pronged Type A travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply; but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Thailand - please refer to the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. Please check that you don't already own hair straighteners with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but please check that your hair straighteners can work with a 220 volt power supply). If the type of power outlet used in Thailand doesn't accomodate the plug shape on your hair straighteners you will need to buy a Type A plug adapter [8]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet in Thailand by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type A plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots next to each other.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Thai power outlet. You can now turn on the straighteners to use in Thailand.
How to use  hair straighteners in Thailand using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand - Wikipedia.org entry about Thailand
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RNFY344/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e3d3466bd15690b0f8d286099f4ac0f1 - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  8. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A power outlets without converting voltage
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  12. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  13. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel
  14. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners..
  15. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  16. Heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons - Protects surfaces from hot hair irons and wraps around the appliance allowing instant packing into baggage.
  17. Heat resistant gloves for hair styling - Heat resistant glove recommended to protect skin against the risk of heat from a curling iron, flat iron or hair dryer
  18. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  19. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  20. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.