When I was traveling often, I was always focused on looking good each and every day. I have hair that tends to tangle and curl, and I prefer a sleeker look. However, while it’s easy to achieve sleek, glossy hair with the right hair straightener, there was a problem that I hadn’t anticipated: Different countries have different voltage requirements for their appliances. A flat iron that worked with US outlets wasn’t guaranteed to work in other places (if you want to know pain, ask me about how I figured this out).
The solution was to invest in a dual-voltage hair straightener. These appliances can be used all over the world, provided you have the right adapter. But which dual-voltage straighteners are the best on the market? These are the ones I’ve found, and hopefully, they’ll help you on your traveling adventures.
The Best Dual Voltage Hair Straighteners
CROC Baby Professional Mini Travel Iron
Here’s another fun and funky travel iron! The fuchsia color wouldn’t be out of place in a professional salon. It’s designed for use with all types of hair. On top of the compact and efficient size, the iron has a capacity of heating to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. The floating ceramic plates also emit negative ions, which is additionally good for your hair. Also included in the package is a heatproof carrying case, so you don’t need to worry about harming your other items.
Best for: Those who don’t plan on curling their hair with it
BaBylissPRO Mini Straightening Iron
The first thing I notice about this straightening iron is the sleek design. I love the light blue color along with the informative packaging. It’s designed for short and medium hair, with floating plates that allow you to get close to your scalp and smooth strands all the way to their ends. It will reach a temperature of 430 degrees Fahrenheit, which is ideal for hair that’s too stubborn to straighten at temperatures beneath 400 degrees. There’s superior heat retention and an exceptionally smooth quality to the finished hair.
Best for: Those with short to medium hair length
MHU Professional Mini Iron
I love this miniature flat iron because of its construction. The ceramic floating plates are made from tourmaline, ensuring that your hair has a glossy texture without harming it. It’s also wonderful because of its ease-of-use. Though the heat setting is non-adjustable, it will warm up to about 356 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the perfect temperature to keep your hair from becoming damaged. The non-slip grip was designed with professionals in mind, so it’s easy for you to use.
Best for: Those seeking a modern look
6th Sense 2-in-1 Mini Iron
Style your look with this 2-in-1 hair straightener from 6th Sense Styling Technology! It heats to 374 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure your hair is protected while it’s straightened. The product is created with a traveler in mind, although you can also use it if you go to the gym or need quick touch-ups before important presentations. When you’re traveling internationally, all you need to do is acquire a plug adapter that fits whatever country you’re going to, and then you’re good to go! I’m also a huge fan of the cheetah print pouch that this styler comes in.
Best for: 2-in-1 style options
HSI Professional Iron
This is a great kit for people who want to invest in more than just a hair straightener. The kit includes gloves, a pouch, and a travel-sized argan oil hair treatment. It’s important to take care of your hair after exposing it to heat, and the oil treatment is a perfect way of doing that. This is the first generation flat iron, but there are updated designs available for people who want more comprehensive options. Use this package for the perfect look in your travels.
Best for: Travelers who don’t worry about traveling light
Furiden Professional Flat Iron
This flat iron gets points for not looking like a traditional flat iron. You can use the directional switch to choose your ideal salon heat. It’s perfect because it’s a two-in-one straightener and styler, which means that your hair will be smooth and silky in less time. The curler also heats in about fifteen seconds, so there’s no extended wait time or frustration. The balanced plates are designed to “float” over your hair and move when you do, so you won’t burn or damage your hair.
Best for: Unruly hair that requires salon-quality
FARI Travel Mini + Travel Bag
I love that this travel iron is available in multiple colors. The red gives a pop of color, while the purple is more laid-back. Standard black is sleek and professional. I also love that this iron comes with a travel pouch for easy storage and packing. The plates distribute heat evenly over the strands of your hair, which helps to reduce the potential for damage. Also included is a non-slip grip that helps you comfortably and easily style your hair.
Best for: Those who like organized packing
VOLOOM Hair Volumizing
Another great hair styling tool, this iron comes in a cute pink color. The maximum temperature is 320 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can keep from damaging you fragile hair. One aspect of this iron that I’m obsessed with is the beveled straightening platform. While straightening your hair, it also ensures that you have layers and volume that look natural and beautiful.
Best for: Those with thin hair
KIPOZI Hair Straightener
This travel-sized iron is the size of your hand. Not only is it adorable, but it’s also great for use on thin and short hair. I’d have loved to have this hair straightener on hand when I was trying to tame my bangs. It’ll also flatten your flyaway hairs!
Best for: Those who have bangs
xtava Iron Toolkit
This fabulous toolkit comes with two irons for double the styling power. Use the 1 inch straightener if you have large chunks of hair that need straightening, and the 1/2 inch iron for smaller waves and detail work. The titanium construction is great because you know these irons will last for a long time. You also have full control over the temperature settings, ensuring your hair is always safe.
Best for: Those who need a new full-size home straightener too!
Wazor Mini Iron
This flat iron is great because you can use it all over the world. It has a max temperature of 356 degrees Fahrenheit, which ensures that your hair’s health is protected. You should be certain that children don’t operate this flat iron by themselves, but the miniature size means that you can use it to straighten a child’s hair. It’s also perfect for traveling.
Best for: Unlucky travelers who need replacement warranty
The Final Word on Dual Voltage Hair Straighteners
I have a confession: my hair does often get neglected when I’m traveling. However, after not having a flat iron when I needed it, I always bring a straightener with me – often it doesn’t get used but I’d much rather have it than not.
With many of these straighteners able to fit in your carry on (or hand!) my advice is not to make the same mistake I did and pack one just in case!