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We're going to Florida in September. I've heard many stories about standard UK hair appliances not working in America, and understand I need to take dual voltage items with me.
Many travel hairdryers are dual voltage, so no problem there - but I'd also like to find dual voltage straighteners (full size, not mini) and a dual voltage hot air styler - I don't mind whether or not the brush rotates.
DH suggested I buy these items when we arrive in Florida, but I'd rather arrive prepared. I've also thought about buying from Amazon USA, but I expect shipping to the uk could be expensive (assuming it's available)?
So if anyone can suggest dual voltage straighteners and a hot air styler, I would be very grateful!
To be quite honest I've been to USA a total of probably 20 times over the years, used hairdryer fine there, same with straighteners (don't use them anymore). Sometimes the voltage can be a problem but generally not.
Just take a UK to USA adapter plug and you should be fine.
I purchased an american second hand hairdryer and curling tong on ebay to take to america with me. I still have them somewhere - need to put them back on! I'm glad I did because the hairdryer in the hotel was rubbish!
I have GHD straighteners (bought in the U.K., I live in the US) that work perfectly. I have a plug adaptor but that's it. Most hotels have hair dryers so I really wouldn't bother buying one to bring with you.
You can see on your current appliances whether they will work. They'll either be marked 240V or there'll be a range - you'd need it to say "110V-240V". I can't remember whether it's marked on the plug or the appliance itself.
I bought a hairdryer and a Big Hair when I was out there (only it isn't called a Big Hair, can't remember what the name was). It seemed extravagant (about $100) but we visit there every year so over 4/5 years it has worked out a lot cheaper than getting a salon blow dry once every trip. How I really want a US voltage Dyson.....but that really would be extravzgant!!