Using hair straighteners in Turkey

Turkish power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Turkey?

Check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Turkey:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you will only need to bring a suitable power adapter for Turkey listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners won't fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Turkish power outlet, however this is considerably heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Turkey, so check that the voltage transformer comes with an appropriate power adapter for Turkey otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware your own existing hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Turkey read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Turkey

Will my hair straighteners work in Turkey?

That will depend on if your hair straighteners can operate using the 230 volts which are used in Turkey. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Turkey. If not then you will need to consider bringing either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read the guide on will a power converter work with hair straighteners in Turkey for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Turkey power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used in a Turkish power outlet?

The frequency from a Turkish power outlet is 50 Hz. [8]

What voltage is used in Turkey?

Power outlets in Turkey are 230 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using  hair straighteners in Turkey?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using hair straighteners in Turkey?

There are two types of power outlets used in Turkey, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other where the two pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed round wall outlet (known as the type F power outlet or Schuko socket) can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral along with metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter is suitable for powering 230 volt hair straighteners in Turkey; read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Turkey. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to use a power converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair straighteners can support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of the hair straighteners. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair straighteners and should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other straighteners will feature a switch which allows you to operate between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Turkey then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Turkish 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 230 volts used in a Turkish power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Turkey.
  • A larger range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Turkey or any other country.
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Travelling to Turkey with hair straighteners

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on hand luggage to Turkey?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on hand luggage to Turkey?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is flying you to Turkey will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the 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 avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.    [10] [11] [12] [13] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Turkey?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Turkey as it ensures that they'll operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Turkish power outlet, provided that you use the correct power adapter for Turkey. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing your expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler. The costs involved in repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Turkey could overshadow the costs of purchasing cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your suitcase either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without waiting to cool down.   [12] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Turkey

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

Voltage converter

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

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 in Turkey, however a more expensive and heavier power converter converts a 230 volt Turkish power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners. [7] [AD]

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

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Turkey. A power converter is suitable for travellers who wish to use their existing hair straighteners, but it can be a lot cheaper to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for packing. [7] [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.    [12] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [AD]
How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Energy saving outlet with timer

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 Turkey using a type C power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in Turkey with a two pin Type C travel charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then do not continue as you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair straighteners. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts; refer to the owners manual for more information on where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Turkey isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair straighteners. The Type C plug adapter helps convert plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Turkey by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the Turkish power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Then plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Turkish power outlet. Your straighteners should now be ready for use.
How to use  hair straighteners in Turkey using a type C power adapter

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

How to use hair straighteners in Turkey by using a two prong Type F travel adapter.

  1. Check that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, refer to the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Turkey. This Type F plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Turkey by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it into the Turkish power outlet. This round power outlet, sometimes known as a Schuko outlet, can be recognised by two adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Turkish power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be used in Turkey.
How to use  hair straighteners in Turkey using a type F power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Turkish entry on wikipedia.org
  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, priced £5-£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, £5-£10.
  7. 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, £130-£140.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, under £30.
  11. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  12. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, estimated cost under £15.
  13. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, around £40.
  14. 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, £5-£10.
  15. 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, costs £5-£10.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, costing under £10.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, priced £5-£10.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, estimated price £140-£150.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, estimated cost £5-£10.