How to use a hair dryer in Saint Lucia

St Lucian power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Saint Lucia?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Saint Lucia:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 240 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 240 volt St Lucian power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Saint Lucia, so check that the power converter comes with a power adapter for Saint Lucia otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Also worth noting that your domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in your luggage. [5]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 240 volts used in Saint Lucia you run a risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Saint Lucia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Saint Lucia

Will my hair dryer work in Saint Lucia?

It depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 240 volt power outlets used in Saint Lucia. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 240 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Saint Lucia. If not then you will need to consider buying either a power converter or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read our guide on can you use a voltage converter with your domestic hair dryer in Saint Lucia for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5]

Will my US hair dryer work in Saint Lucia?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Saint Lucia and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a St Lucian power outlet.

Saint Lucia

Best travel hair dryers for Saint Lucia

What to look for in a travel blow dryer for Saint Lucia

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for in a travel blow dryer for Saint Lucia

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a sturdy but light dual voltage model that will operate with a 240 volt St Lucian power outlet power outlet with a long power cable, folding handle and ALCI safety plug. When drying thicker hair buy one which includes a diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

What to look for when purchasing a travel blow dryer?

  1. A hair dryer has to be dual voltage to work with a 240 volt St Lucian power outlet.
  2. Buying the cheapest hair dryer available is risky; as well as issues with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
  3. A modern travel dryer could feature a cool shot option for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this option is lacking in smaller models.
  4. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading leading to fires; these can be recognised by reset and test switches.
  5. Try looking for lighter travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models which have folding handles mean more space to pack other items.
  6. Thicker or curlier hair might need a travel blow dryer which has a stronger motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  7. Depending on your accommodation you might find a fixed mirror installed too far away from a power outlet making it cumbersome to operate the hair dryer, so find the longest power cord available or bring either an extension cable or a pocket mirror.
  8. The most suitable hair dryers will let you to alter the temperature and speed with low and high options, a slower speed with a lower temperature should reduce damage to hair and hotter faster speeds will dry wet hair quicker.
  9. It could be more convenient purchasing a new hair dryer that includes both a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring shops looking for expensive third party attachments.
What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Saint Lucia?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

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

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer has a generous 1.82 metre electric power cord for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator with strong motors to make them the best blow dryers suitable for thick hair. They require a suitable power adapter for Saint Lucia to fit into a St Lucian power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to pack in a carry-on travel bag.  [6] [6] [7]

What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Saint Lucia?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Saint Lucia?

  • A Conair MiniPRO is the best value small ionic blow dryer available to buy, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is small and lightweight enough to transport in a handbag due to a 10.5oz body with folding handle that has features found on larger dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage during use resulting in a shiny finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a St Lucian power outlet they will work in Saint Lucia folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. They have a twin speed motor, have a 1.5m power cord and include a concentrator attachment.  [8] [8] [9]

Which is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair takes much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for thick hair is an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [6] [7]

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Saint Lucia?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Saint Lucia?

  • The Conair Compact Styler uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot which can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has a cool shot button, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet meaning safer drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cable and includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI plug which prevents power overloads and has dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Saint Lucia in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a St Lucian power outlet.  [10] [10] [11]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best blow dryer to buy in 2019?

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/B01KXNCTA2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&qid=1567612021&s=luxury-beauty&sr=8-1&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=c40b8cf6424df7cba5ca898b70e66a5d&language=en_US
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/Berta-Voltage-Negative-Folding-Settings/dp/B06XWV3K4L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&qid=1560774865&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=a854b8b3382b8510882b66cfdd3f9e64&language=en_US
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 Saint Lucia 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 under $15 under $80 under $35 under $40 under $50 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.

Saint Lucia power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used in Saint Lucia?

The frequency used in a St Lucian power outlet is 50 Hz. [12]

What voltage is used in Saint Lucia?

Power outlets in Saint Lucia are 240 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Saint Lucia?

Type G power outlet

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Saint Lucia?

Type G power outlets are used in Saint Lucia. The plug outlet (also called a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern. A suitable power adapter to bring when using a 240 volt hair dryer in Saint Lucia is a Type G power adapter, read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a travel adapter for Saint Lucia. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a voltage converter.  [4] [13]

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer will handle dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges.

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

How should I change the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which selects between 2 sets of voltages however some brands are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a St Lucian power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial requires either a small screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth making a note of both switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally fade on certain models of hair dryer.

How do you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Saint Lucia?

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it works with a 240 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage then make sure that it is switched to the 220-240V range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Saint Lucia and then plug in the power adapter into the St Lucian power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of travel hair dryer models operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting, however this temperature should still be sufficient for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer instructions to see if this is applicable for your model of dryer to avoid the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer is now ready to be used in Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia

Travelling to Saint Lucia with a hair dryer

Can I carry on a hair dryer?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I carry on a hair dryer?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline which is flying you to Saint Lucia will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers 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 transit.   [14] [15] [16]

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Saint Lucia?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing blow dryer to Saint Lucia as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a St Lucian power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Saint Lucia). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsible handle and will be lighter which helps reduce the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your luggage by an airline baggage handler. The costs involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Saint Lucia could be more than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case before setting off .  [15]

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Saint Lucia?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Saint Lucia?

This depends on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotels are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be located in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

If staying in budget hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer might be available at the reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer availability then either telephone your hotel in Saint Lucia or check on the booking web site to find out what is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally basic models with no diffuser and notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. For those worried about hygiene should check for any grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Saint Lucia or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [2]

Power converters for Saint Lucia

Do you need a converter for Saint Lucia to use your hair dryer?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 240 volt power outlet used in Saint Lucia. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer, however it can be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a power converter is considerably bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when packing compared to a travel hair dryer. [5]

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a power adapter for Saint Lucia?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a power adapter for Saint Lucia?

A heavy and bulky power converter converts a 240 volt St Lucian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Saint Lucia. [5]

How to use a hair dryer in Saint Lucia using a type G power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Saint Lucia with a 3 prong Type G travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not proceed because you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel hair dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 240 volts to use in Saint Lucia, please consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Saint Lucia. This Type G plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Saint Lucia by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 240 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type G plug adapter in the St Lucian power outlet. The power supply (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like three rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the St Lucian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Saint Lucia using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Saint Lucia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. 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.
  5. 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, between $90 to $100.
  6. Hot Tools Professional Ht1044 Ionic 1875 Watt Travel Dryer with Folding Handle and Dual Voltage - 1875 watt travel hair dryer with 1.82m power cord, an ALCI power plug, removable filter and cool shot, between $35 to $40.
  7. 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, under $50.
  8. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, costs between $70 to $80.
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, between $10 to $15.
  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, between $35 to $40.
  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, estimated price between $30 to $35.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  15. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, estimated price between $40 to $45.
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, between $45 to $50.