Ever gone to Europe and plugged in your hair dryer and ZZZZZTTT! No more hair dryer.
This is because many countries use a higher voltage than the USA, which sends an unsupportable surge of electricity into your poor little hair dryer. There is one very important function that a good travel hair dryer must have: dual voltage.
Accessories, plug adapters, and a folding handle come secondary, but dual voltage is the first thing you should look for. In this post, I’ll give you a few compact travel hair dryer options to choose from.
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My Magical Travel Hair Dryer
On one of my trips to Europe, I purchased the hair dryer pictured above, hoping it would suit my needs. It’s the first travel hair dryer I’ve owned, and it completely blew my expectations away.
First of all, it has a switch to accommodate both 110 volts and 240 volts of electricity. Remember, dual voltage – the most important factor of a travel hair dryer.
Second, it folds in half, making it small and packable (perfect for carry-on packing), and comes with its own travel case. It also comes with three different plug converters! So, I can use it in the US, Europe, and Asia, which covers a great number of countries to which I travel. But it doesn’t end there!
There is one feature that I really need in a hair dryer, which is a diffuser attachment. Have you seen my medusa hair? If you don’t know what a diffuser is, it’s this thing:
A diffuser is what I use to dry my hair into its big curly waves. As a bonus, this hair dryer comes with one. Done. If you don’t need the diffuser that’s fine, just make sure the travel hair dryer you choose has the dual voltage or you won’t be able to use it abroad.
The only thing wrong with this hair dryer, and any other mini hair dryer, is the fact that it will suck your long hair into the back end of it if you aren’t careful.
Dual Voltage Travel Hair Dryer Options
I purchased my hair dryer in Europe, which I recommend you do if you’re going to be traveling or living there for a while.
If you want to buy one online, I have researched a few similar options of travel hair dryers available on Amazon:
- BaByBlissPRO Nano Hair Dryer: Nano titanium folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage.
- Hot Tools Lightweight Ionic Travel Dryer: Folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage, cool shot button, and two speed/heat settings. This is a lightweight travel size hair dryer that comes with diffuser and concentrator attachments.
- Conair Travel Hair Dryer: Simple and cheap travel blow dryer. Ultra lightweight at just one pound, this one features folding handle, short nozzle, two heats and speeds, and the all important dual voltage.
- Conair Travel Hair Dryer with Smart Voltage Technology: Advanced technology automatically detects voltage and displays it on an LED screen. This blow dryer features dual voltage, folding handle, three heat settings, two speed settings, and a cool shot button. Plus, a concentrator attachment.
- Drybar Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer: Uses ionic technology for frizz-free dry hair, features dual voltage, a folding handle, and 7-ft cord. Includes a concentrator nozzle and a travel bag. If you’re looking for an ultra-lightweight blow dryer, this one only weighs 13 ounces, making it well worth the investment.
Additionally, if you need a diffuser to dry your hair (and the travel hair dryer you choose doesn’t include one), I found this collapsible hair diffuser that won’t take up too much room in your luggage.
Can I Use a Single Voltage Hair Dryer?
If you are brave enough to use a single voltage hair dryer while you travel outside the US, you better get a converter!
A Conair Travel Smart converter is made specifically for electronics like hair dryers. Not only does it convert electricity but it will adapt to plug types worldwide as well.
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