Looking for a permanent solution to remove unwanted body hair? Here are five types of laser hair removal and their advantages that you should consider!

Five Types of Laser Hair Removal: Which One Is Right for You?

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Five Types of Laser Hair Removal: Which One Is Right for You?

  • Alexandrite lasers work best for those with fair to olive skin tones (Fitzpatrick types 1-3) and finer hair
    • They use shorter wavelengths that target melanin effectively in lighter skin and hair
    • Popular brands include Candela GentleLase and Cynosure Apogee
  • Nd:YAG lasers are ideal for darker skin tones (types 4-6)
    • Their longer wavelengths penetrate deeper without excessive melanin absorption
    • This makes them safer for reducing hair in ethnic skin types
    • Well-known Nd:YAG brands are Cutera CoolGlide and Candela GentleYAG
  • Ruby lasers suit those with very light, fine hair but can discolor darker complexions
    • As one of the earliest hair removal lasers, they have a shorter 694nm wavelength
    • Examples include Palomar E2000 and RubyStar systems
  • Diode lasers effectively treat coarse hair and medium-dark skin tones
    • With 800-810nm wavelengths, they are FDA-approved for permanent hair reduction on all skin types
    • Popular diode laser brands are LightSheer, SopranoXL, and LaserLite
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses broad-spectrum light, not laser technology
    • It is less effective on fine hair but can treat darker tones
    • IPL tends to require more sessions than true laser hair removal
Each laser hair removal treatment can remove up to 25% of hairs that are in an active (anagen) stage. Treatments are typically performed every 8-10 weeks and are continued until the desired reduction is achieved.

Introduction: Five Types of Laser Hair Removal

As an Aesthetic Director with extensive experience in the aesthetics industry, I’ve had the opportunity to delve deep into various hair removal techniques, particularly laser hair removal. From my interactions with industry experts and through rigorous research, I’ve learned that laser hair removal is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Alexandrite, Diode, Nd:YAG, Ruby, IPL

There are, in fact, five primary types of laser technologies used in this field, each with its unique properties and suitability for different skin and hair types. These include the Alexandrite laser, ideal for lighter skin tones; the Diode laser, versatile for various skin types; the Nd:YAG laser, which is effective for darker skin tones; the Ruby laser, one of the earliest types, suitable for very light skin; and the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which is not a laser per se but is often used in similar contexts.

Understanding these variations is crucial in selecting the most effective and safe hair removal method for each individual, ensuring a personalized and effective treatment plan. In this blog post, I will share some personal insights on these 5 kinds of laser hair removal and how they can work for you.

Wellaholic is an award-winning aesthetic chain which offers various hair removal services, including laser hair removal, IPL hair removal and skin whitening treatments

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a modern technique that uses concentrated light to target and destroy hair follicles. This process effectively slows down hair growth over time. As an aesthetic expert, I’ve seen its popularity surge due to its precision and long-term results.

The procedure involves a laser emitting light absorbed by the melanin in the hair. The light energy then converts to heat, damaging the hair follicles. It’s a solution many seek for reducing unwanted hair growth on various body parts.

Safety First: The Gentle Precision of Laser Hair Removal

Worried about the safety of lasers near your skin? Fear not, laser lover! This procedure is as safe and gentle as a kitten playing with a laser pointer (pun intended). Laser hair removal is a leading cosmetic procedure, becoming more popular than the latest cat video on the internet. It’s an effective way to bid adieu to unwanted body hair permanently, turning the chore of shaving or waxing into a thing of the past. What’s even better? It doesn’t harm the surrounding skin, making it perfect for even the most sensitive areas.

 Smooth skin, less pain, win-win

Let’s consider an anecdote to illustrate this: Imagine two friends, Sarah and Lisa. Sarah spends a lot of time and money on waxing sessions and often complains about the pain and the inconvenience. Lisa, on the other hand, decides to try laser hair removal. After a few sessions, Lisa is free from the hassle of regular waxing or shaving, and her skin is smooth and hair-free. Seeing this, Sarah also decides to give laser hair removal a try and is pleasantly surprised by the results and the lack of damage to her skin.

In conclusion, if you’re considering laser hair removal, you can rest assured that it’s a safe, effective, and popular procedure that can save you from the ongoing chore of shaving or waxing.

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Different Types of Lasers for Hair Removal and Their Features

There are several types of lasers used for hair removal, each with their own unique features. Alexandrite lasers are one of the most popular types, known for their effectiveness on light to olive skin tones. Diode lasers are also popular and work well on a wider range of skin types. Nd:YAG lasers are ideal for dark skin types and can also be used for laser hair removal on larger areas.

IPL (intense pulsed light) is a non-laser option that uses a broad spectrum of light to target hair follicles. Finally, there’s the ruby laser, which is less commonly used today but can be effective on fine, light-colored hair. It’s important to consult with a professional to determine which type of laser is best for your unique skin and hair type.

Below shows a tables of the various laser types for hair removal and their various features.

Laser TypeWavelength RangeSkin TypeHair ColorFeatures
Alexandrite755 nmFair to oliveLight to mediumFast treatment time and effective on larger areas of the body
Nd:YAG1064 nmAll skin typesDarkCan be used safely on all skin types including dark skin tones
Diode800-810 nmAll skin typesDarkLong-lasting results and good for large areas of body
Ruby694 nmFair to medium LightEffective on fine and light hair
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)500-1200 nmFair to dark Light to mediumCan treat a variety of skin and hair types
Different Types of Lasers for Hair Removal and Their Features
SHR is a laser diode technology used to target the hair follicles and destroy them without damaging the surrounding skin

Type 1: Diode laser hair removal

Diode Laser Hair Removal: Meet SHR, the Superhero of Hair Eradication

In the bustling cityscape of laser hair removal, a new hero emerges – SHR, or Super Hair Removal. Sounds cool, right? It’s like the traditional diode laser but with a supercharged twist. SHR uses lower energy levels, making the entire hair-zapping adventure more comfortable for the inhabitants of your skin.

Plus, it doesn’t merely reduce hair growth; it dramatically dials it down. If you’ve ever dreamed of a long-lasting solution to those pesky follicles, SHR might just be your knight in shining armor (or laser).

The Advantages of SHR: Smoothness for All!

You know what’s great about SHR? It doesn’t care what type of skin you have; it just wants to make it smooth and hair-free. That’s right; it’s effective on all skin types. Say goodbye to the woes of waxing, the sheer tediousness of shaving, and step into the virtually painless realm of SHR. There’s no burning, no scarring, just a gentle pulse of light sending unwanted hair to the great beyond. It’s like a dance party for your skin, minus the unwanted guests (the hair).

Choosing SHR: Finding the Right Maestro for Your Skin Symphony

Ready to embrace the world of SHR? Hold your hairless horses! Before you dive in, you’ll want to find a provider that knows the SHR ropes. Look for someone reputable and experienced, as you’re not just going for a single treatment; it’s a series to create that perfect symphony of smoothness. Think of them as the conductor, guiding your skin through the melodic journey to hair-freedom.

The investment in these sessions will be your ticket to soft, sleek skin that’ll make you the envy of every beach, pool, or anywhere you wish to show off your newfound glow.

Meet the Alexandrite laser, the green-beaming wonder that has set the stage for a new era in hair removal. FDA-cleared and packed with futuristic finesse, this laser targets the pigment in the hair shaft and sends its energy straight into the follicle's stem cells. The result? A follicular farewell, as the stem cells are destroyed, leading to less hair to deal with. Think of it as the laser's way of saying, "Begone, unwelcome hair!"

Type 2: Alexandrite laser hair removal

The Alexandrite Laser: Harnessing the Power of Green Light

Meet the Alexandrite laser, the green-beaming wonder that has set the stage for a new era in hair removal. FDA-cleared and packed with futuristic finesse, this laser targets the pigment in the hair shaft and sends its energy straight into the follicle’s stem cells. The result? A follicular farewell, as the stem cells are destroyed, leading to less hair to deal with. Think of it as the laser’s way of saying, “Begone, unwelcome hair!”

Versatility and Effectiveness: From Backs to Bikini Lines

Whether you’re battling a bear-like back or seeking smoothness in more delicate zones like the bikini line and underarms, the Alexandrite laser is your new best friend. Suitable for all skin types, this laser doesn’t discriminate. It’s like a kind-hearted superhero, swooping in to smooth out large areas like the chest and legs, but gentle enough to tackle those sensitive spots. It’s the Swiss Army knife of lasers, and it’s here to make you feel fabulous.

A Swift and Comfortable Experience: The Alexandrite Way

Imagine a world where hair removal is as quick and painless as flipping through your favorite magazine. Welcome to the Alexandrite laser’s world! Most people report a warm sensation during the procedure – kind of like a gentle hug from a beam of light. There’s no time wasted in recovery either. You can spring off the treatment bed and return to your daily routine with a new spring in your step, ready to embrace the hair-free life.

Type 3: Nd and LP Nd: YAG laser hair removal

The Science of Nd: YAG Lasers: Beaming Away Unwanted Hair

Nd:YAG lasers, which stands for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers, are a type of solid-state laser. These lasers use a crystal as the laser medium. When light is applied to the crystal, the neodymium ions become excited and emit a laser beam with a wavelength of 1064 nanometers. This laser beam is invisible to the naked eye and can penetrate deep into the skin

YAG Laser Hair Removal: The Trendsetter in Hair Erasure

Now, you might be wondering, how does this relate to hair removal? Well, Nd:YAG lasers are commonly used for a variety of medical and aesthetic applications, including laser hair removal. The laser beam targets the hair follicles, the small sacs in the skin where hair growth originates. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. This makes Nd:YAG lasers an effective way to remove unwanted body hair permanently

The YAG Experience: Painless, Efficient, and Here to Stay

Forget the tear-inducing experience of waxing or the daily chore of shaving; the YAG laser treatment is like enjoying a day at the spa. It’s relatively painless and side effects are minimal, like the gentle caress of a summer breeze. During treatment, the specialized YAG laser beam targets and destroys follicles with heat energy, leaving you smoother than a jazz saxophonist’s solo. Results can last several months, and although the encore of multiple treatments may be needed for the full effect, it’s a performance worth attending time and again.

Type 4: Ruby laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Singapore. Among the various types of laser hair removal, one method uses a ruby laser. This method is known as Ruby laser hair removal.

Ruby laser hair removal uses a specific type of laser known as a ruby laser to target and remove unwanted hair. The ruby laser emits a deep red beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin (the pigment that gives our hair and skin its color) in the hair follicles. This absorption of light energy damages the hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth.

The procedure is safe and effective, making it a popular choice for those looking to remove unwanted hair. It’s quick and easy, meaning you can have the procedure done without having to take time off from your daily activities. 

IPL hair removal will not be as effective for fair skinned or caucasian skin tones

Type 5: IPL hair removal

Although it is often classified under a laser hair removal treatment, IPL is not actually a laser, it is just a light, and as the name indicates, intense pulsed light is used to damage the hair follicles in a similar way that lasers are used in other types of treatment. 

IPL laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle with high-intensity pulses of light. The light energy is then absorbed by the follicle, which damages the structure of the follicle and prevents future hair growth. IPL laser hair removal is effective for all skin types and can be used to treat large areas of the body such as the back, chest, and legs. It’s also safe for use on sensitive areas like the face, bikini line, and underarms.

At Wellaholic, we use SHR diode laser hair removal. SHR or Super Hair Removal technology is a newer technology as compared to IPL. Developed by Alma Lasers, SHR combines 755nm, 808nm and 1064nm laser wavelengths to target all skin types.

Which type of laser hair removal is right for you?

The type of laser hair removal treatment you receive will depend on your particular lifestyle and complexion largely, what your hair looks like, and what kind of skin you have. These attributes are used to determine the effectiveness of the laser that’s most ideal for use on your hair. At Wellaholic, we use SHR diode laser hair removal.

SHR or Super Hair Removal technology is a newer technology as compared to IPL. Developed by Alma Lasers, SHR combines 755nm, 808nm and 1064nm laser wavelengths to target all skin types. In addition, simultaneous contact cooling prevents burns and allows for a more comfortable treatment. This is ideal for skin and hair of all types and causes minimal irritation to the skin.

Wellaholic’s SHR Prestige plan allows you hair reduction treatments on all body parts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Are the Advantages of Permanent Hair Removal?

Permanent hair removal techniques, such as laser hair removal, offer a long-term solution to unwanted hair. They are suitable for various areas, including facial hair removal, body hair removal, and even bikini line hair removal. Learn more about permanent hair removal methods at Wellaholic.

How Does Diode Laser Hair Removal Compare to Other Methods?

Diode laser hair removal is known for its effectiveness, especially for darker skin tones. It might be compared to other laser hair removal methods, but it’s essential to consult with specialists to choose the right one for your skin type. Laser hair removal can offer permanent hair reduction over a series of treatments. The results may vary depending on the individual’s hair type and the technology used. Learn more about our diode laser hair removal technique for optimum results.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Laser hair removal offers a permanent reduction in hair growth. Multiple sessions are often required to attain the desired results. Check out Wellaholic’s laser hair removal permanent solutions.

Can laser hair removal be applied to both face and body?

Yes, laser hair removal is suitable for both facial hair removal and body hair removal. From face laser hair removal to bikini line hair removal, Wellaholic’s experienced specialists provide a tailored treatment plan for you.

How does laser hair removal compare to other body hair removal methods?

Laser hair removal provides a more permanent solution compared to other body hair removal methods like shaving or waxing. Using cutting-edge technology, it offers a precise and effective way to achieve smooth skin. Find out the right type of laser hair removal for you by visiting our detailed guide.

How can I schedule an appointment for laser hair removal at Wellaholic?

Scheduling an appointment for laser hair removal in Singapore is easy with Wellaholic. Simply visit our booking page and choose the best time and location for your treatment.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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Infographic on SHR Hair Removal by Wellaholic. SHR emits a strong 3000w power of laser energy source to target hair follicles and body hair. It combines 3 different wavelengths, 755, 808 and 1064nm to target different hair types.

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