How do I use my hair straighteners in Netherlands?

Dutch power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Netherlands?

First check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Netherlands:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Dutch power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of power outlet used in Netherlands, so check that your voltage transformer comes with an appropriate power adapter for Netherlands otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in your suitcase.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Netherlands please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Netherlands

Can I use my US hair straighteners in Netherlands?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Netherlands and provide guidance for using your American hair straighteners with a Dutch power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in Netherlands?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Netherlands:

Netherlands power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Netherlands?

Power outlets in Netherlands are 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used with a Dutch power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Dutch power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring for using  hair straighteners in Netherlands?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need to bring for using hair straighteners in Netherlands?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A recommended plug adapter to bring for using 230 volt hair straighteners in Netherlands is a Type F power adapter [6], read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Netherlands with a power adapter. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to see if you have to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle of your hair straighteners. The location will depend on the make or model of your hair straighteners, it could also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other straighteners will have a button which allows you to operate between different regions.

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

Travelling to Netherlands with hair straighteners

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Netherlands?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Netherlands as it ensures that they'll work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Dutch power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Netherlands. Please note that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in luggage by airline baggage handlers. The costs of repairing or replacing expensive quality hair straighteners in Netherlands might be more than buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] . If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slot them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [10] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [11] which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported immediately after use without waiting to cool down.

Can you carry on hair straighteners to Netherlands?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you carry on hair straighteners to Netherlands?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [12] there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline that is taking you to Netherlands will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [10] leaves them easily accessible for airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around hair straighteners). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [14] as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.

Power converters for Netherlands

Can I use a voltage converter to use a normal hair straighteners in Netherlands?

A suitable voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Netherlands. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring along their own hair straighteners, however it might be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, a power converter is substantially heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Netherlands, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Dutch power outlet to work with non-230 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 [15] 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 [18] 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 [11] or use a hot tools travel case [10] 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 [16] 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 [11] 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 [17] 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?

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 [17] 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 [19] 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 Netherlands using a type C power adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to use hair straighteners in Netherlands using a 2 pronged Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Netherlands - 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 type of power outlet used in Netherlands isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair straighteners. The Type C plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in Netherlands simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Dutch power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Dutch power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the straighteners to use in Netherlands.
How to use  hair straighteners in Netherlands using a type C power adapter

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

How to power your hair straighteners in Netherlands with a Type F travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Netherlands - consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the plug outlet which is used in Netherlands. The Type F plug adapter helps fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in Netherlands simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it in the Dutch power outlet. This recessed round power outlet (known as a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [5]) can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Dutch power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be used in Netherlands.
How to use  hair straighteners in Netherlands using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands - Netherlands Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.amazon.co.uk/JINRI-Titanium-Straightener-Portable-Perfect/dp/B073LGTG34/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1540824979&sr=1-11&keywords=Dual+Voltage+Titanium+Flat+Iron+Hair+Straightener&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=2fe163aab279737c9ae436bc2dabe48f&language=en_GB - 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, estimated price £10-£15.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, around £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, priced at under £110.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  10. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, priced at £10-£15.
  11. 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, costs £5-£10.
  12. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  13. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, £10-£15.
  14. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costing £25-£30.
  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, £5-£10.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, under £20.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, under £10.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, priced at £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 around £5.