How do I use a hair dryer in French Guiana?

French Guianese power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in French Guiana?

Check your hair dryer can work in French Guiana:

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet, however this is substantially heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter will change the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in French Guiana, therefore check that your power converter [9] has an appropriate power adapter for French Guiana otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Be aware that your own domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you risk damage in a suitcase.

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

Using a hair dryer in French Guiana

Will my hair dryer work in French Guiana?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volts as used in French Guiana:

Can I use my American hair dryer in French Guiana?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to French Guiana and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a French Guianese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for French Guiana

Choosing the best hair dryer

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

Choosing the best hair dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a sturdy but light dual voltage model which will work with a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, long cord and a safety plug. When drying thick hair buy a model with a diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

9 things to consider when buying a blow dryer

  1. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the risk of the motor overloading leading to starting a fire, these can be recognised by the 2 reset and test buttons on the plug.
  2. Curlier or thicker hair might need a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  3. Some hotel rooms in French Guiana might have a fixed mirror positioned away from a convenient outlet making it difficult to style hair, therefore search for a model with the longest power cord available or use either a pocket mirror or extension cord.
  4. Buying the cheapest dryer available might be risky, as well as safety issues there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a flimsy construction.
  5. It could be cheaper and more convenient to buy a new dryer that includes a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer rather than scouring shops to look for expensive 3rd party attachments to fit the dryer barrel size perfectly.
  6. To operate in French Guiana a travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  7. Modern travel dryers could include a cool shot option for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this option lacks in cheaper models.
  8. The best travel hair dryers give control of the speed and temperature settings with high and low options, hotter faster speeds can quickly dry hair and a slower speed with a lower temperature will prevent damage to hair.
  9. Look for lighter travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space.
Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for French Guiana?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for French Guiana?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [11] uses a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot setting which can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [10] also has a cool shot setting, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet meaning faster styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and includes a concentrator.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making both perfect for visiting French Guiana in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a French Guianese power outlet.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair takes longer to dry and can be difficult to do so without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option is an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] are suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a lengthy 1.82m electric power cable for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and removable filter for cleaning. It utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features both diffuser and concentrator attachments with strong motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to fit into carry-on baggage and only require a plug adapter for French Guiana to fit into a French Guianese power outlet.

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer for French Guiana?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle and concentrator

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer for French Guiana?

  • If you want to dry fine and thin hair whilst on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [14] is the best value small ionic blowdryer available on the market.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is both small and lightweight enough to carry in a handbag because of the 10.5oz body with folding handle that also includes features reserved for larger dryers including a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage during styling resulting in a glossier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with a suitable plug adapter for a French Guianese power outlet they should work in French Guiana and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both are twin speed, have a 1.5m electric power cable and include a concentrator.

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best travel hair dryer for French Guiana?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.com/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-3000-Dryer/dp/B002JSL6QI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1540821598&sr=8-4&keywords=BaBylissPRO+Tourmaline+Titanium+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=7e3e42027c245d1c9b4f157a63b1dae4
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767106&sr=1-1&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b7a9525a9878573b5912d116cbadea28
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/BERTA-Folding-Tourmaline-Ceramic-Negative/dp/B01LWIYQSS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1541763353&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=0dfc2cca99e0645561cc13c13422c2a0
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.com/X5-Superlite-Voltage-Ceramic-Ionic-Travel/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=X5+Superlite+1600W+Dual+Voltage+Ceramic-Ionic+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=63c08ef699ac6c441e4c0862ebe99524
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in French Guiana Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Works in US Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual voltage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watts 1200 1000 1875 1875 1600 1875
Folds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ceramic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ionic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tourmaline Yes Yes Yes
Infrared Yes
Speed settings 2 2 2 2 2 2
Heat settings 1 1 1 2 1 1
Cool shot Yes Yes Yes
Removable filter Yes Yes
Concentrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diffuser Yes Yes
ALCI safety plug Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cord length 1.52m 1.52m 1.52m 1.8m 1.65m 1.82m
Color
Estimated price around $15 under $80 under $20 under $90 under $70 under $40
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Original testing and suitability of hair dryer models was compiled 2017, subsequent updates and price checks performed monthly - last updated April 2019.

French Guiana power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in French Guiana?

Power outlets in French Guiana are 220 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in French Guiana?

The frequency from a French Guianese power outlet is 50Hz.

Which power adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in French Guiana?

Type C, D and E power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in French Guiana?

There are three different types of power outlets used in French Guiana, these are type D, C and E with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type D - The power outlet, also called a type D power outlet, can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed circular power outlet, also called a CEE 7/7 socket, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other with a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle shape.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 220 volt hair dryer in French Guiana is a Type D power adapter [6]; read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in French Guiana. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I switch a travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which selects between 2 types of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in French Guiana.
  2. This dial or switch typically requires either a small coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the right voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it's worth making a note of the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models of dryer.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in French Guiana then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a French Guianese 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 French Guianese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in French Guiana.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in French Guiana or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in French Guiana?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it operates with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to work in the 220-240V range. This is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for French Guiana and also plug in the power adapter into the French Guianese power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low setting, however the temperature and speed should still be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be used with a French Guianese power outlet.

Travelling to French Guiana with a hair dryer

Can I carry on a hair dryer to French Guiana in my hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I carry on a hair dryer to French Guiana in my hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [17] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to French Guiana will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [18] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around blow dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [19] as this provides the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in French Guiana?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in French Guiana?

Depending on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the room, either packed in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found attached to a bathroom wall unit or could potentially be a slower air hose type. When staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy you can either call ahead to your hotel in French Guiana or check on the hotel web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are typically basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene should remove grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either call ahead to your hotel in French Guiana or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it better to bring a travel hair dryer or domestic blow dryer to French Guiana?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing blow dryer to French Guiana as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a French Guianese power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for French Guiana). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsing handle and are much lighter, this helps reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Please note that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by airline baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in French Guiana might be more than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [18] .

Power converters for French Guiana

Do I need a converter to use a hair dryer in French Guiana?

The correct voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in French Guiana. Travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it could be considerably cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be significantly lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in French Guiana, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [9] transforms a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

How to use a hair dryer in French Guiana using a type C power adapter

How to power a hair dryer in French Guiana by using a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in French Guiana - please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in French Guiana. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in French Guiana simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in French Guiana.
How to use a hair dryer in French Guiana using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in French Guiana using a type D power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in French Guiana using a Type D power charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some travel blow dryers might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in French Guiana; consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type D plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in French Guiana isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair dryer. This power adapter helps adapt different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in French Guiana by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the French Guianese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in French Guiana.
How to use a hair dryer in French Guiana using a type D power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in French Guiana using a type E power adapter

Instructions showing how to use your hair dryer in French Guiana with a two pinned Type E power charger.

  1. Ensure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then don't proceed because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts, refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in French Guiana you will need to buy a Type E plug adapter [8]. The plug adapter will convert plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in French Guiana by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter in the French Guianese power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the two holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go along with a metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangular shape.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in French Guiana.
How to use a hair dryer in French Guiana using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - French Guianese Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, under $10.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage, costing between $5 to $10.
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10.
  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, priced at between $90 to $100.
  10. Berta 1875W Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Blow dryer Negative Ions Travel Dryer - Ceramic tourmaline hair dryer with cool shot, two heat settings, 1.8m power cord and bundled concentrator, under $90.
  11. Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage - Budget 1875 watt 2 speed travel hair dryer, ALCI safety plug, removable filter and cool shot, between $15 to $20.
  12. X5 Superlite 1600W Dual Voltage Ceramic Ionic Travel Dryer - 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, tourmaline diffuser and concentrator, estimated price between $60 to $70.
  13. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, between $70 to $80.
  14. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, priced at around $15.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  16. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  17. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  18. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, between $40 to $45.
  19. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, between $80 to $90.
  20. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, between $70 to $80.