How do I use my hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Saudi Arabia?

Check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Saudi Arabia:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Saudi Arabia, therefore check that your power converter includes a power adapter for Saudi Arabia otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware your personal hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in transit. [11] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia

Will my hair straighteners work in Saudi Arabia?

It depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 220 volts used in Saudi Arabia:

How can I use my American hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Saudi Arabia and will provide guidance for using your American hair straighteners with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

Saudi Arabia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

The frequency found in a Saudi Arabian power outlet is 60 Hz. [12]

What mains voltage is used in Saudi Arabia?

Power outlets in Saudi Arabia are 220 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring to use hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia?

There are four types of power outlets used in Saudi Arabia, types G, A, B and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this plug socket by two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round power socket can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - This wall socket, technically called a type G power outlet, looks like 3 holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.

A suitable travel adapter to bring when using 220 volt hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia is a Type G power adapter; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia using a travel adapter. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to bring a power converter.  [8] [13] [AD]

Which power adapter will you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners will accept dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair straighteners and could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Saudi Arabia then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates single voltage hair straighteners which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in a Saudi Arabian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Saudi Arabia.
  • A large range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Saudi Arabia or any other country.
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Travelling to Saudi Arabia with hair straighteners

Can hair straighteners go in my carry on luggage to Saudi Arabia?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in my carry on luggage to Saudi Arabia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline who is flying you to Saudi Arabia 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 when going through airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.    [14] [15] [16] [17] [AD]

Should I bring my travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Saudi Arabia?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners as opposed to packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Saudi Arabia as it ensures that they will operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Saudi Arabian power outlet, provided that you use the correct power adapter for Saudi Arabia.

Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers in Saudi Arabia. The cost of replacing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia could be higher than purchasing much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] . If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your suitcase it is recommended to either slot them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, alternatively 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 waiting to cool down.   [16] [18] [AD]

Power converters for Saudi Arabia

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter for Saudi Arabia?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter for Saudi Arabia?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Saudi Arabia, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter converts a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners. [11] [AD]

Do I need a converter to use my hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia?

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 220 volt power outlet used in Saudi Arabia. Travellers who wish to bring their existing domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. A power converter is significantly heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for travelling. [11] [AD]

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] [AD]
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 Saudi Arabia using a type B power adapter

Instructions showing you how to use your hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia by using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

  1. Please 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 continue because you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Saudi Arabia, please consult the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet used in Saudi Arabia. The Type B plug adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Saudi Arabia by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type B plug adapter into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Saudi Arabia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia using a type B power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia using a type F power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia with a Type F travel adapter.

  1. Ensure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then don't continue as you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage hair straighteners usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Saudi Arabia; please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Saudi Arabia. This Type F plug adapter helps convert different plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Saudi Arabia simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F plug adapter in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. After that plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be switched on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia using a type F power adapter

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

How to power hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia with a Type G travel adapter.

  1. Please 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 continue because you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Saudi Arabia, please consult the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type G plug adapter [8] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet used in Saudi Arabia. The Type G plug adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Saudi Arabia by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type G plug adapter into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle shape.
  4. Then plug in the hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet. Your hair straighteners are now ready for use in Saudi Arabia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia using a type G power adapter

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

How to use hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia by using a Type A power adapter.

  1. Make sure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue because you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Saudi Arabia, please consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. This guide assumes 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 outlet). So, if the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Saudi Arabia you'll need to buy a Type A plug adapter [10]. The power adapter will help adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Saudi Arabia by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type A plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type A power outlet [9], is recognised by two slots parallel to each other.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Saudi Arabian power outlet. Your straighteners can now be powered on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Saudi Arabia using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Saudi Arabia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, between $5 to $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $5 to $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, priced between $5 to $10.
  9. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  10. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, between $10 to $15.
  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, priced at between $90 to $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, around $50.
  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, priced at under $15.
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, 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, between $15 to $20.
  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, between $4 to $5.
  20. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, between $10 to $15.
  21. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, costing between $5 to $10.
  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, priced at between $40 to $45.