Diode Laser with SHR (Super Hair Removal) compared to Alexandrite Laser Hair Removal

Diode Laser vs Alexandrite: SHR Hair Removal Comparison

  • SHR vs. Alexandrite: Targets all skin types, virtually painless with SHR.
  • Effectiveness: SHR excels on dark skin, Alexandrite on fair skin.
  • Comfort: SHR offers a more comfortable experience.
  • Speed: Both methods deliver efficient treatments quickly.
  • User-Friendliness: Alexandrite is favored for its lighter, smaller handpiece.
  • Hair Colour: Neither method achieves a breakthrough on fair hair.
Wellaholic Research: SHR Super Hair Removal vs Laser Hair Removal Insights

Wellaholic Research: Comparing SHR Laser Hair Removal with Alexandrite Laser Hair Removal

In my years at Wellaholic and before, I’ve seen many hair removal technologies. One topic that often comes up is the difference between Diode Laser with SHR and Alexandrite Laser. I’ve talked to many clients and experts about this. I’ve also looked into research to understand it better.

Diode Laser with SHR is a newer method. It’s gentle and works for different skin types. Alexandrite Laser is powerful and fast. It’s great for lighter skin. Each has its benefits depending on your needs.

In the next part, I’ll share more details on this. I’ll talk about how each method works, who it’s best for, and what to expect. This will help you choose the right option for you.

Background of this Research and Study

In this 2016 comparative study by S. Hammes, H.M. Ockenfels, H. R. Metelmann, C. Raulin, and S. Karsai conducted a controlled study in German with 18 patients. The study compared the effects of two types of laser hair removal: long-pulsed alexandrite laser and long-pulsed diode laser in SHR (Super Hair Removal) mode.

The study showed that SHR hair removal is effective for all skin types and particularly effective for dark skin with less or no pain for patients.

SHR can cover larger areas of the body more quickly than other hair removal methods, making it a convenient option

Background of Research

Photoepilation uses lasers to remove unwanted hair. It offers a lasting solution for those tired of temporary hair removal methods.

A new technique with a long-pulsed diode laser is gaining attention. This method promises easier, less painful treatments for all skin types, with fewer side effects.

We compared this new laser technique to traditional light-based hair removal. We wanted to determine if it could be as good as or better than the old method, while also making the treatment experience better.

This comparison aims to refine photoepilation, making it more efficient and comfortable for users. Success here could change how we view hair removal, making it simpler and more enjoyable.

Photoepilation has been an essential field of application of dermatologic laser therapy for many years.

Material and methods

A careful study was done. 18 people were chosen to participate. There were 12 women and 6 men. These individuals ranged in age from 22 to 58 years, representing a broad spectrum of adults. The study was designed to compare the effects of two different types of photoepilation methods.

The first method utilized a long-pulsed alexandrite laser, a well-established tool in the field of photoepilation. The second method involved the use of a long-pulsed diode laser, but with a twist. This laser was operated in what is known as the Super Hair Removal mode, or SHR for short.

The goal of the study was to directly compare these two methods in a real-world setting, with actual patients. The researchers wanted to learn which method is better for photoepilation: laser or intense pulsed light. This study’s findings could greatly impact dermatologic laser therapy, making hair removal treatments more effective and comfortable for patients.

The study found that the alexandrite laser and the Super Hair Removal (SHR) mode of the long-pulsed diode laser each have their unique advantages, depending on the skin type and the user’s comfort.

The alexandrite laser showed slightly higher effectiveness when used on fair skin types. This could be due to the laser’s specific wavelength, which may be more readily absorbed by the hair follicles in lighter skin, leading to more effective hair reduction.

Result of Study

The study showed that the alexandrite laser and the long-pulsed diode laser in Super Hair Removal (SHR) mode each have their own benefits. These benefits vary depending on the user’s comfort level and the type of skin.

The alexandrite laser showed slightly higher effectiveness when used on fair skin types. Lighter skin absorbs the laser’s wavelength better, making hair reduction more effective.

On the other hand, the SHR mode was found to be clearly more effective with dark skin types. The SHR mode is better for darker skin types because it delivers lower energy levels over more pulses, which is preferable for skin that absorbs more light energy.

In terms of comfort during the procedure, the SHR mode was deemed clearly superior. SHR mode is more comfortable because it uses lower energy levels delivered at a faster repetition rate.

When it comes to the speed of the treatment, both systems were found to be comparable. This suggests that both methods can deliver efficient treatments within a similar timeframe.

However, in terms of user-friendliness, the alexandrite laser was favoured due to its light and small handpiece. This could make the device easier to handle and manoeuvre during treatments, potentially leading to a more seamless treatment process.

SHR mode is clearly more effective with dark skin types. Regarding painfulness, the SHR mode is clearly superior


The major advantages of the SHR mode are its effectiveness in dark skin types and its lack of pain. The alexandrite laser is slightly more effective with fair skin types, slightly faster and its handling is considerably more comfortable. None of the two systems has yet brought about a breakthrough with fair hair.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Diode Laser with SHR (Super Hair Removal)?

A: Diode Laser with SHR is an advanced hair removal technology that uses a laser to target hair follicles. This method gradually heats the targeted area, providing a virtually painless and highly effective hair removal experience.

How does Diode Laser with SHR differ from Alexandrite Laser for hair removal?

A: Diode Laser with SHR differs from Alexandrite Laser in terms of the technology used and the treatment experience. Diode Laser with SHR delivers energy in motion, making it more comfortable and suitable for all skin types. Alexandrite Laser, while effective, may be more uncomfortable and better suited for lighter skin tones.

Is Diode Laser with SHR suitable for all skin types?

A: Yes, Diode Laser with SHR is safe and effective for a wide range of skin types, including tanned or darker skin. Its innovative technology allows for customized settings to cater to different skin tones and hair types.

Which areas of the body can be treated using Diode Laser with SHR?

A: Diode Laser with SHR is versatile and can be used on various body areas, including the legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, face, and more. Its precision and speed make it suitable for both larger and smaller treatment areas.

How does the effectiveness of Diode Laser with SHR compare to Alexandrite Laser?

A: Both Diode Laser with SHR and Alexandrite Laser are effective methods for hair removal. However, Diode Laser with SHR’s innovative technology, which allows for continuous energy delivery, can lead to better and more consistent results.

How many sessions of Diode Laser with SHR are typically needed for noticeable results?

A: The number of sessions required varies based on individual factors such as hair density and hair color. However, many individuals begin seeing significant hair reduction after just a few sessions, with a full treatment course recommended for optimal results.

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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