How do I use my hair straighteners in Pakistan?

Pakistani power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Pakistan?

First check that your hair straighteners can work in Pakistan:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Pakistani power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Pakistan, therefore please check that your voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Pakistan otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note that your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in transit. [11]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Pakistan please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Pakistan

Will my hair straighteners work in Pakistan?

That depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Pakistan:

Will my US hair straighteners work in Pakistan?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from the US travelling to Pakistan and provide guidance for using your US hair straighteners with a Pakistani power outlet.

Pakistan

Pakistan power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in Pakistan?

The frequency of the current found in a Pakistani power outlet is 50 Hz. [12]

What is the voltage in Pakistan?

Power outlets in Pakistan are 230 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to use hair straighteners in Pakistan?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Pakistan, these are type G, C, D and M with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - This plug outlet, also known as a type D power outlet, can be identified by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - This plug outlet, also known as a type G power outlet, can be recognised by three holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type M - You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 large circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.

A recommended plug adapter to bring for using 230 volt hair straighteners in Pakistan is a Type G plug adapter; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a power adapter for Pakistan. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to bring a power converter.  [8] [13]

Which power adapter will you need to use  hair straighteners in Pakistan?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair straighteners supports a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or plug of the hair straighteners. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners and should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other models will have a button or switch which allows you to toggle 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 230 volts used in Pakistan then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Pakistani power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in a Pakistani power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Pakistan.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Pakistan or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Pakistan with hair straighteners

Can I carry on hair straighteners?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I carry on hair straighteners?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should check that your airline who is taking you to Pakistan 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 leaves them easily accessible for airport security, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.    [14] [15] [16] [17]

Is it better to bring travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Pakistan?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it is safer to assume that they will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Pakistani power outlet, provided that you use the correct power adapter for Pakistan.

Be aware that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers. The costs involved in replacing or repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Pakistan could be more than buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.   [16] [18]

Power converters for Pakistan

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Pakistani power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Pakistan. [11]

Do I need a voltage converter in Pakistan to use my hair straighteners?

A voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Pakistan. A power converter is suitable for travellers who want to use their own hair straighteners, however it can be considerably less expensive to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. A power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to travel hair straighteners. [11]

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 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 hair straighteners which include 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 or use a hot tools travel case 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 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 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 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.    [16] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]
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 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 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.
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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 Pakistan using a type C power adapter

Instructions showing how to use hair straighteners in Pakistan with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you might damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some hair straighteners might usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Pakistan, please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is located.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Pakistan. The plug adapter will help adapt plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Pakistan by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  6. The hair straighteners can now be used in Pakistan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Pakistan using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Pakistan using a type D power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Pakistan with a 3 pinned Type D power adapter.

  1. Make sure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply; if not then don't continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Dual voltage hair straighteners usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts - refer to the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Pakistan doesn't accomodate the plug shape on your hair straighteners you'll need to bring a Type D plug adapter [6]. The Type D plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Pakistan by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type D plug adapter into the Pakistani power outlet. This wall outlet, technically called the Type D power outlet [5], can be identified by the 3 holes forming a triangle configuration.
  4. Next plug in your hair straighteners into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet. Your straighteners can now be used in Pakistan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Pakistan using a type D power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Pakistan using a type G power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Pakistan with a 3 pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed because you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please consult the user guide for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Pakistan isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair straighteners you will need to use a Type G plug adapter [8]. This Type G plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Pakistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type G plug adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 vertical slots forming a triangle configuration.
  4. Next plug in your hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet. Your straighteners can now be used in Pakistan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Pakistan using a type G power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Pakistan using a type M power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Pakistan with a Type M power adapter.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel hair straighteners might usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Pakistan - please refer to the owners manual to find out where the switch is located.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type M plug adapter [10] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet used in Pakistan. The plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet used in Pakistan by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type M plug adapter into the wall outlet. The wall supply, technically called a Type M power outlet [9], can be recognised by three circular holes forming a triangle shape.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet. You can now switch on the straighteners for use in Pakistan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Pakistan using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Pakistan wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, under $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $10.
  7. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  8. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, between $5 to $10.
  9. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  10. Type M plug adapter - South African Type M power adapters have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, estimated price between $5 to $10.
  11. 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, estimated price under $100.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, under $60.
  15. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  16. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, between $10 to $15.
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced at between $45 to $50.
  18. 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, around $10.
  19. 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, under $5.
  20. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, priced between $10 to $15.
  21. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated price under $120.
  22. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, priced at between $230 to $240.
  23. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, estimated cost between $25 to $30.