How to use hair straighteners in French Guiana

French Guianese power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in French Guiana?

Check that your hair straighteners can work in French Guiana:

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

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt French Guianese power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier 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 types of power outlet used in French Guiana, so please check that the power converter [9] has the correct power adapter for French Guiana otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you could risk damage in transit.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in French Guiana please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in French Guiana

Will my US hair straighteners work in French Guiana?

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

Will my hair straighteners work in French Guiana?

It depends on if your hair straighteners can operate using the 220 volt power outlets in French Guiana. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to handle 220 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you'll be able to use your hair straighteners in French Guiana. If not then then you will need to consider buying either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [9], read the section on will a power converter work with domestic hair straighteners in French Guiana for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

French Guiana power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in French Guiana?

The standard voltage in French Guiana is 220 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in French Guiana?

The frequency of the current in a French Guianese power outlet is 50Hz.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in French Guiana?

Type C, D and E power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring to use hair straighteners in French Guiana?

There are three 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 - This ungrounded power socket (called the Europlug) can be recognised by the two adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this power socket by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this power socket by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.

A Type D plug adapter [6] is suitable for powering 220 volt hair straighteners in French Guiana; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using hair straighteners in French Guiana using a power adapter. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair straighteners supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners can change automatically, however other straighteners will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 220 volts used in French Guiana then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a French Guianese 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 French Guianese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in French Guiana.
  • A large voltage range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in French Guiana or any other country.

Travelling to French Guiana with hair straighteners

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to French Guiana?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to French Guiana as it ensures that they'll operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a French Guianese power outlet, as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for French Guiana. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in luggage by an airline baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in French Guiana could be more than buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slide them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [12] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [13] which also allows the hair straighteners to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.

Can you carry on hair straighteners to French Guiana in your hand luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you carry on hair straighteners to French Guiana in your hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [14] 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 recommends that you should check that the airline who is taking you to French Guiana will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [12] 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 [16] as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.

Power converters for French Guiana

Will a voltage converter work with my normal hair straighteners in French Guiana?

A voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 220 volt power outlet used in French Guiana. A power converter is more suited for travellers who wish to bring their own domestic hair straighteners, but it could be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. In addition, travel hair straighteners can be considerably lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suited for travelling.

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in French Guiana, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [9] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a French Guianese power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners.

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 hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap [20] 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 [13] or use a hot tools travel case [12] 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 [13] 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 [21] 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 French Guiana using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in French Guiana with a 2 prong Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 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. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting; please consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet used in French Guiana. The plug adapter will help adapt plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in French Guiana simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C plug adapter into the French Guianese power outlet. This plug supply, also known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be identified by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet. You can now turn on your straighteners in French Guiana.
How to use  hair straighteners in French Guiana using a type C power adapter

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

The WikiConnections guide on how to power your hair straighteners in French Guiana by using a Type D travel charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting, consult the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use 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 straighteners. This Type D plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in French Guiana simply 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. Start the process by taking the Type D plug adapter and inserting it in the French Guianese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet. Your hair straighteners are now ready to be used in French Guiana.
How to use  hair straighteners in French Guiana using a type D power adapter

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

Simple instructions showing how to use hair straighteners in French Guiana with a two prong Type E travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you might 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 the switch is set to accept 220 volts for use in French Guiana - please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet used in French Guiana you'll need to buy a Type E plug adapter [8]. This Type E plug adapter will help convert different plugs from other countries into a power outlet in French Guiana by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter into the power outlet. The recessed round power outlet can be recognised by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with one long metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangular shape.
  4. After that plug in the hair straighteners into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the French Guianese power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be turned on.
How to use  hair straighteners in French Guiana using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana - French Guianese Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RNFY344/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=Salona+Professional+1%22+Titanium+Flat+Iron+Hair+Straightener+Worldwide+Dual+Voltage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e3d3466bd15690b0f8d286099f4ac0f1 - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  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
  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
  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
  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. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners..
  13. 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.
  14. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  15. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.
  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. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel.
  21. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.