SHR, IPL, Laser: A Comparison to choose the Best Hair Removal Method in Singapore

SHR vs IPL vs Laser: Unveiling the Best Hair Removal Treatment in Singapore

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Comparing Hair Removal Technologies: SHR, IPL, and Laser

  • SHR (Super Hair Removal) uses rapid, low-energy pulses to gradually heat hair follicles. This gentle approach makes it comfortable for all skin types.
  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) relies on single, high-intensity light pulses. While effective, it can cause discomfort and is less suitable for darker skin tones.
  • Laser hair removal precisely targets melanin in hair follicles. Specific laser types like Alexandrite work best for lighter skin, while Nd:YAG is safer for darker tones.
  • A clinical study found SHR achieved 40% hair reduction after 6 months, comparable to 49% for Alexandrite laser and 34% for Nd:YAG laser.
  • SHR requires fewer treatment sessions than IPL, around 6-10 compared to 10-14 for IPL. This makes it more cost-effective long-term.
  • While all three methods can remove hair, SHR stands out for its gentleness, versatility across skin tones, and long-lasting results with minimal discomfort.
SHR, IPL, Laser: A Comparison to choose the Best Hair Removal Method in Singapore


I have worked in the aesthetics industry in Singapore for over eight years and have closely witnessed the development of hair removal technologies.

Today, I want to talk about SHR, IPL, and Laser treatments. These are popular in Singapore. Each has its benefits, and choosing the right one can be confusing.

In this piece, I’ll break down SHR, IPL, and Laser treatments. I’ve gathered insights from customer experiences and expert advice. This will help you understand which method might suit you best.

We’ll look at how each technology works. We’ll also consider skin types and hair textures. Safety, comfort, and results matter too.

At Wellaholic, we use as many shots as needed for the most effective SHR permanent hair removal. SHR Unlimited Plan allows you hair removal on unlimited body parts.

1. What is SHR (Super Hair Removal)?

Gentle, Effective, and Comfortable: The Unique Approach of SHR Technology

At Wellaholic, we’ve embraced SHR, or Super Hair Removal, and I’ve seen its impact first-hand. Unlike traditional methods that blast hair follicles with a single intense pulse, SHR takes a gentler approach. It uses low-intensity light, delivered in multiple pulses, to target hair follicles. This method is not just safer but also effective for a variety of skin and hair types.

The special thing about SHR is that it heats the hair follicles slowly, which reduces hair growth without causing discomfort or the risk of skin damage that other treatments may have. It’s designed to pinpoint the follicles that contribute to future growth, ensuring a smooth, permanent hair reduction experience.

The Gentle Heat of SHR Technology

SHR, or Super Hair Removal, has truly revolutionized the way we approach hair removal at Wellaholic. Its secret? Gently warming hair follicles to stop unwanted hair growth, almost like giving them a warm hug that tells them, “it’s time to relax.” This method isn’t just about removing what’s there; it targets the very source of hair growth. By focusing on the hair follicles preparing for future growth, SHR addresses the root of the issue, leading to long-lasting smoothness.

While SHR may require a higher initial cost than IPL, its effectiveness, minimal pain, and full-body coverage make it a more cost-effective option in the long run

2. What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

IPL vs SHR: Comparing Hair Removal Treatments in Singapore

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is another popular hair removal treatment in Singapore. This method uses broad-spectrum light to target hair follicles, helping to reduce and prevent hair growth over time. IPL may not work well on fine hair or darker skin tones compared to SHR, and it requires more sessions for complete hair reduction.

A Tale of Comfort and Intensity

At Wellaholic, we have helped many clients choose between Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Super Hair Removal (SHR). Both are effective for hair removal, but they cater to different needs and preferences. IPL uses light to heat and stop hair growth. It’s potent, yet this intensity might not sit well with everyone. Especially if you have sensitive skin or thick hair, IPL could feel a bit too much.

SHR, on the other hand, takes a gentler approach. It still targets the follicles but with lower energy and more frequent pulses.This technique reduces skin risks and makes the treatment more comfortable for most people. From what I’ve seen, clients often lean towards SHR for its comfort, even as it effectively reduces hair growth.

It's essential to note that some women may experience increased skin sensitivity and discomfort during their period, which can make laser hair removal less tolerable

3. What is Laser Hair Removal?

Delving Deeper into Laser Hair Removal

In Singapore, laser hair removal is a go-to for many seeking smooth, hair-free skin. The laser heats up the melanin in the follicles, stopping hair growth.

Navigating the Limits: Laser Hair Removal and Skin-Hair Contrast

In my experience at Wellaholic, laser hair removal has really picked up steam. The key is the contrast – light skin with dark hair is the ideal combo. The laser targets the melanin in the hair, while leaving the skin unharmed. However, it poses a greater challenge for individuals with dark skin or light hair.

The laser might not differentiate the hair from the skin as well, which can be less effective or increase the risk of skin damage. This insight helps us guide our clients to the best treatment options for their unique profiles.

When comparing SHR, IPL, and laser hair removal, SHR often stands out due to its versatility and efficacy. SHR hair removal technology is designed to adapt to individual skin and hair types via rapid pulsing diode laser, making it a universally appealing solution.

SHR is a permanent hair reduction treatment that targets the stem cells responsible for hair growth. This approach is gentler and safer than IPL or laser treatments, which use a higher intensity light to destroy the hair follicles throughout the hair growth cycle.

4. SHR vs IPL vs Laser: Comparing the Techniques

As an aesthetic director, I often get asked about the differences between SHR, IPL, and laser treatments. Let me break it down for you.

SHR stands for Super Hair Removal. It’s a gentler form of laser hair removal that gradually heats up and damages hair follicles over multiple sessions. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, uses broad-spectrum light to target pigment in hair follicles. Both SHR and IPL are great for larger areas like the legs or back.

Laser treatments, on the other hand, use a concentrated beam of light. They’re more precise and can target specific spots or smaller areas. Different laser types work better for different skin tones and hair colors.

Which one is right for you? It depends on your goals, pain tolerance, and budget. SHR and IPL are generally less painful but may require more sessions. Lasers can be more effective in fewer treatments but can be pricier. During your consultation, I’ll assess your needs and make a personalized recommendation.

Advantages of SHR Hair Removal over IPL Hair Removal

The table below summarises the advantages of SHR hair removal over IPL hair removal:

Advantages of SHR Hair Removal Over IPL Hair Removal
SHR is much more comfortable for the client
SHR carries no risk of burning the skin
SHR has a higher success rate in permanently removing hair
SHR treatment time is faster than IPL
SHR is suitable for all skin types
SHR can be used on all parts of the body
SHR has no downtime, allowing for immediate resumption of normal activities
SHR can be used on tanned skin
SHR requires fewer treatments than IPL
SHR is less painful than IPL
SHR produces better results in fewer treatments
Advantages of SHR Hair Removal over IPL Hair Removal
When comparing SHR, IPL, and laser hair removal, SHR often stands out due to its versatility and efficacy. SHR hair removal technology is designed to adapt to individual skin and hair types via rapid pulsing diode laser, making it a universally appealing solution.

SHR is a permanent hair reduction treatment that targets the stem cells responsible for hair growth. This approach is gentler and safer than IPL or laser treatments, which use a higher intensity light to destroy the hair follicles throughout the hair growth cycle.

5. My Experience with Clients

Client feedback at Wellaholic has provided valuable insights into the effectiveness of various hair removal methods. Clients love Super Hair Removal (SHR) because it’s comfortable and effective. That’s why it’s so popular. SHR’s ability to deliver results with minimal discomfort makes it a favoured choice.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is favoured by some, especially for targeted areas like the face or arms. Its suitability for these treatments has earned it a loyal following. Laser hair removal is another option, often chosen for its precision. It’s particularly useful for sensitive areas like the bikini line. Its precision and effectiveness make it a top choice for those seeking meticulous results.

Wellaholic's state-of-the-art SHR technology removes hair from your bikini line safely and effectively, allowing you to customize your treatment plan accordingly

6. My Personal Observations (IPL vs SHR vs Laser)

In my professional journey, I have observed a variety of outcomes with different hair removal technologies. Super Hair Removal (SHR) is a reliable option for many clients because it consistently delivers excellent results on various skin types. Additionally, it has fewer side effects compared to other methods.

IPL is effective, but it requires a careful evaluation to make sure it’s right for different skin and hair types.

Its effectiveness is maximized when accurately matched with the right candidate. Laser hair removal, known for its high efficacy, necessitates the expertise of a skilled practitioner to achieve the best results.

There are several places in Singapore offering SHR hair removal services. However, it's crucial to choose a reputable clinic with experienced practitioners to ensure safety and effectiveness.

7. Final Thoughts and Recommendations

Choosing the Right Method (for Hair Removal)

Selecting the appropriate hair removal method is a decision that should be tailored to individual needs and characteristics. Consider factors such as your skin type, hair colour, pain tolerance, and the results you want to achieve.

Various methods are more effective for different skin and hair types, and what works for one person may not be the best choice for another.

Pain Tolerance Spectrum: From Gentle to Gritty – Finding Your Hair Removal Sweet Spot

People with darker skin tones may prefer SHR, while those with lighter skin and darker hair may find IPL more beneficial.

For precise hair removal in areas like the bikini line, laser hair removal is the most effective method, but it can be more painful.

Laser hair removal is the most precise method for the bikini line, but it can be more painful. I recommend consulting with a professional to assess your situation and guide you towards the best choice.

Personal Experience

Based on my experience in the aesthetics industry, Super Hair Removal (SHR) is often the best choice in terms of effectiveness, comfort, and safety. This makes it a highly preferred choice among our clients in Singapore.

SHR’s appeal lies in its versatility and ability to cater to a wide range of skin types and hair colours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the main difference between SHR, IPL, and Laser hair removal treatments?

A: The main difference lies in the technology used. SHR and IPL use broad-spectrum light to target hair, while Laser hair removal uses a focused laser beam. Each method offers unique benefits and effectiveness.

Which hair removal treatment is considered the most effective for permanent hair reduction?

A: Laser hair removal is widely regarded as the most effective method for achieving permanent hair reduction. Its focused laser beam can precisely target hair follicles, resulting in longer-lasting results compared to SHR and IPL. However, SHR hair removal, which is a form of diode laser hair removal, has gained in popularity due to less damage on the skin over time.

Is SHR or IPL hair removal suitable for all skin types and hair colours?

A: Both SHR and IPL are generally safe for various skin types and can effectively target a wide range of hair colours. However, laser hair removal tends to be more versatile and can work on finer or lighter hair.

Can you do IPL and SHR hair removal together?

A: Yes, IPL and SHR hair removal can be done together. However, it is important to note that IPL and SHR are two different technologies for hair removal. To simplify your text: If you want to do IPL and SHR hair removal, don’t do both treatments at the same time. Instead, alternate between each type of treatment. Wait at least 28 days or more between each hair removal treatment on the same body part.

How does SHR hair removal differ from traditional IPL treatments?

A: SHR stands for Super Hair Removal, and it is an advanced version of traditional IPL. The main difference is that the skin is heated gradually with multiple shots, which makes hair removal more comfortable and efficient.

Are there any potential side effects associated with SHR, IPL, or Laser hair removal?

A: Side effects are typically mild and temporary for all three methods, including slight redness or sensitivity in the treated area. Wellaholic’s trained specialists take precautions to minimize discomfort and ensure a safe experience.

Can customers combine hair removal treatments to achieve better results?

A: Combining hair removal treatments like SHR, IPL, or Laser is generally not recommended, as it may lead to over-treatment and potential skin irritation. It is best to consult with Wellaholic’s specialists to determine the most suitable treatment for individual needs.

Founder and Managing Director for Wellaholic, an aesthetic chain with 8 outlets island-wide in Singapore.

Willie Chan, Founder

Willie Chan is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellaholic, a popular aesthetic chain with 8 outlets in Singapore. With a strong belief in evidence-based, effective, and affordable aesthetic treatments, Willie ensures that customers receive the best care possible. His ENTJ Myer-Briggs personality drives him to set clear visions and pursue them without excuses. Willie holds a CIDESCO as well as Beauty Therapy & Salon Management from Brentwood College UK and has studied Operations Management at The Wharton School and Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, equipping him with a solid foundation in the business of aesthetics. 

Contact Willie at [email protected]


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