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The Hair Removal Showdown: Why SHR Beats IPL Every Time

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TL:DR Summary

  • What is SHR or Super Hair Removal? SHR is a newer and more effective technology for permanent hair removal that uses gentle pulses of energy at a high frequency to target hair follicles and stem cells.
  • What is IPL or Intense Pulsed Light? IPL is an older and less effective technology for hair removal that uses intense bursts of light energy to heat up and damage hair follicles.
  • Why is SHR better than IPL? SHR is better than IPL because it is more comfortable, safer, faster, and more suitable for all skin types and hair colors. SHR also has a higher success rate in terms of permanently removing hair.
  • How does SHR work? SHR works by gradually heating up the skin with low energy but high frequency pulses of light that are absorbed by the melanin in the hair and the stem cells in the skin. This damages the hair follicles and prevents them from producing new hair.
  • How many sessions are needed for SHR? The number of sessions needed for SHR depends on various factors such as the area treated, the hair density, the hair growth cycle, and the individual response. On average, 6 to 12 sessions are recommended for optimal results.
  • Where can you get SHR treatment? You can get SHR treatment at Wellaholic, one of the best hair removal providers in Singapore. Wellaholic offers comprehensive facial services and expertise for all hair types, with over 50 awards and 2000 genuine customer reviews. It’s easy to book an appointment at Wellaholic online or via live chat.

SHR vs IPL – Why SHR Hair Removal is Better

Introduction to SHR technology as a newer and better form of permanent hair removal 

Hair removal methods: from shaving to IPLNow, when it comes to the topic of hair removal, you might be familiar with the various forms of hair removal, be it shaving, epilating, tweezing, waxing and IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal.

Laser hair removal: the most effective method for all hair typesLaser hair removal treatments are now seen as the most effective method of hair removal for all hair type. While IPL used to be the most popular form of permanent hair removal, many people are starting to pay attention to SHR (Super Hair Removal) as the better alternative to IPL.

IPL vs SHR: which one is better for you? In this article, Wellaholic is going to explain why SHR is a better form of hair removal for unwanted hair as compared to IPL in Singapore. Compare between IPL vs SHR hair removal. We will dive into the science behind IPL hair removal and SHR hair removal, and explain why SHR technology has many advantages over IPL for permanent hair removal. IPL or SHR? You decide.

“SHR is the smarter choice for hair removal as it addresses the root cause of unwanted hair growth, unlike IPL which only provides temporary relief.”

A person with fairer skin will likely require more sessions as the IPL hair elimination technology is less efficient on them

What is IPL Hair Removal?

How IPL works: using light and heat to damage hair folliclesFirst and foremost, IPL (or intense pulse light) uses a single pulse of energy, at high intensity, which targets the customer’s hair follicles and melanin. IPL simply works by releasing light in multiple wavelengths directly into the dermis. Melanin is produced in specialised cells called melanocytes. The intense light and energy from IPL is converted into heat energy and is able to cause damage to the hair follicles without causing too much damage to the skin. This makes IPL more suitable for people with darker and coarser hair. Establishments which offer IPL include Japan IPL, Musee Platinum as well as Lush Aesthetics.

How IPL affects different skin tones: fairer skin may need more sessions, darker skin may feel more painA person with fairer skin will likely require more sessions as the IPL hair removal technology is less effective on them. On the other hand, while IPL is effective for darker-skinned people (darker skin tone), they may have more uncomfortable session (i.e. PAIN!) since their skin will be absorbing more heat energy which would then be translated into pain when the heat affects the nerves.

Hair Removal Procedures among Asian Women: A study by Wellaholic Research found that 71% of female respondents in Singapore and 63% in Malaysia reported using some form of hair removal.

What is SHR or Super Hair Removal?

Developed by Alma Lasers, SHR is a diode laser hair removal technology which allows the skin to be heated gently, but with the rapid pulses

SHR or Super Hair Removal is a relatively newer technology which uses low energy and rapid pulsing diode laser but at a higher frequency. Developed by Alma Lasers, this diode laser hair removal technology allows the skin to be heated gently, but with the rapid pulses, the energy is then accumulated by the skin. While 50% of the energy is targeted at the melanin (similar to IPL), the other 50% targets the stem cells responsible for hair production.

SHR thereby targets both fine and coarse hairs

​This is a very important point to note as SHR thereby targets both fine and coarse hairs. Ultimately, this leads to less discomfort and pain, yet an improved efficacy. SHR is most effective during the active growth phase (anagen stage of hair growth) hence shaving a day before treatment or just before the hair removal treatment is most recommended.

SHR is often considered to be one of the best laser hair removal treatment

Because of the gradual accumulation of the energy into the skin, there is less trauma and irritation on the skin – making it ideal and suitable for everyone, regardless of skin tone and skin types and even for customers with sensitive skin. In fact, SHR is often considered to be one of the best laser hair removal treatments in Singapore given the various technologies. SHR hair removal is very ideal for Brazilian Hair Removal as it is more gentle on the skin. 

SHR vs IPL Hair Removal: Why is SHR Better Than IPL?

There are many reasons why SHR hair removal is better than IPL hair removal. For one, SHR is much more comfortable for the client. With IPL, there is a risk of burning the skin, but with SHR there is no such risk. SHR also has a higher success rate in terms of permanently removing hair. IPL can sometimes only temporarily remove hair, but SHR will permanently remove it. Finally, SHR is less expensive than IPL, so it is a great option for those on a budget. If you’re considering permanent hair removal, SHR might be the answer for you. It gives great results, and it’s even more cost-effective than IPL.

Please see the table which shows the breakdown between WellaSmooth, SHR Unlimited Prestige and SHR Unlimited Deluxe hair removal plans.

Hair Removal PlanDetailsDuration
WellaSmooth™ – Signature treatment
– All-inclusive hair removal experience
– All-that-you need shaving service
– Full body hair removal (incl. Brazilian/Boyzilian) with unlimited shots
– Post-treatment whitening/hydration with Red Light treatment
Up to 150 minutes/session
SHR Unlimited Prestige – Full body hair removal (incl. Brazilian/Boyzilian) with unlimited shotsUp to 120 minutes/session
SHR Unlimited Deluxe – Full body hair removal (excl. Brazilian/Boyzilian) with unlimited shotsUp to 90 minutes/session
Breakdown of Wellaholic’s Full Body Hair Removal Plans

Cost-Effectiveness of SHR Hair Removal Treatments

If you’re looking for an effective and affordable hair removal solution, SHR (Super Hair Removal) may be a great option for you. Not only does it offer long-lasting results, but it’s also cost-effective in the long run. Here’s why:

  • Fewer treatments required: Compared to traditional hair removal methods like waxing or shaving, SHR requires fewer treatments to achieve the desired results. This means you’ll save both time and money in the long run.
  • Reduced maintenance costs: Since SHR hair removal provides long-lasting results, you’ll save on the cost of frequent maintenance appointments or purchasing expensive hair removal products.
  • Customizable treatment plans: SHR technology can be tailored to your specific hair and skin type, allowing for a more effective treatment plan that delivers optimal results with fewer sessions.

By investing in SHR hair removal treatments, you can save both time and money while enjoying smooth, hair-free skin. With its cost-effectiveness and long-lasting results, it’s no wonder why SHR has become such a popular hair removal option for individuals seeking a low-maintenance, affordable solution.

How Many SHR Treatments are Necessary for Effective Hair Removal?

The advantage of SHR hair removal in this case is that it can work with customers during both their anagen phase and non-anagen phase, as SHR can target the 50% of the stem cells

How IPL works: targeting the active growth phase of hair. If the hair is in the anagen phase of growth during treatment, which refers to the active (hair) growth phase, it can be easily destroyed as in the case with IPL technology.

How SHR works: targeting both the active and inactive growth phases of hair. The advantage of SHR hair removal in this case is that it can work with customers during both their anagen phase and non-anagen phase, as SHR can target the 50% of the stem cells.

The recovery time: waiting for three to four weeks between sessionsNevertheless, a three-to-four week recovery or “down” time is required to meet this anagen phase as well as to give the skin a recovery time before the next treatment.

Wellaholic is One of the Pioneers for SHR Hair Removal

Wellaholic is pleased to be one of the first few establishments to offer SHR Laser Hair Removal since 2016. In order to help our customers with their goal of achieving a smooth skin, Wellaholic offers cost-competitive Monthly Unlimited Packages which allows customers hair removal on all body areas (including Brazilian or Boyzilian) at an affordable monthly fee

In addition, Wellaholic’s SHR machines are serviced and calibrated regularly to ensure optimum efficacy. Our staff are also trained to ensure that the best experience towards permanent hair removal for our customers. The pulses of energy (light energy) from SHR hair removal is a hair removal method ideal for facial hair, body hairs with minimal pain, due to the gentler pulses from SHR technology. 

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At Wellaholic, we understand that choosing the right hair removal method is crucial for achieving the best results. That’s why we are committed to offering Super Hair Removal (SHR), a technology that consistently outperforms Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in safety, effectiveness, and comfort. With SHR’s gentle and precise approach, we’re empowering our clients to attain smooth, hair-free skin without the drawbacks associated with IPL. Whether you have light or dark skin, our trained specialists are here to provide tailored treatments that meet your unique needs. Discover why SHR beats IPL every time at Wellaholic and embrace the confidence that comes with flawless skin. Visit our website to learn more about our hair removal services and how we’re leading the way in beauty and wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does SHR stand for in the context of hair removal?

A: SHR stands for Super Hair Removal, a cutting-edge technology that offers a more advanced and efficient method of hair removal compared to traditional IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments.

How does SHR differ from IPL in terms of hair removal?

A: SHR differs from IPL in its approach to hair removal. While IPL emits multiple wavelengths of light, SHR uses a single, high-energy wavelength that targets hair follicles more effectively, resulting in quicker and longer-lasting results.

Why is SHR becoming more popular than traditional IPL treatments for hair removal?

A: SHR’s popularity is due to its advantages over IPL, including better precision, reduced discomfort, and the ability to treat a wider range of skin tones and hair colors effectively. These factors contribute to SHR’s effectiveness and client satisfaction.

Is SHR suitable for all skin types, including darker skin tones?

A: Yes, one of the notable benefits of SHR is its suitability for all skin types, including darker skin tones. This makes it an ideal option for individuals with diverse skin tones who may have been limited by IPL’s restrictions.

How does SHR ensure a more comfortable hair removal experience compared to IPL?

A: SHR employs a gradual heating method, gradually increasing the temperature of the hair follicles. This approach is gentler on the skin and minimizes discomfort during the treatment, a feature not commonly found in traditional IPL.

What kind of results can I expect from SHR treatments in terms of hair reduction?

A: Many clients experience noticeable hair reduction after just a few SHR sessions. Due to its precision and effectiveness, SHR treatments generally lead to significant and long-lasting hair reduction.

Unleash the Power of Three: Beauty, Confidence, Perfection with WellaSmooth 3X

  • Tailored Beauty Experience: Select three personalized treatments with WellaSmooth 3X™.
  • Quality Skin SolutionsEnjoy our signature permanent hair removal with full body shaving, skin whitening, breast enhancements, butt lifts and more. 
  • Enhanced Confidence Options: Lift and enhance your bust and butt for a confident new look.
  • Luxury at Your FingertipsExperience luxury with a flexible triple-choice treatment plan.
  • Affordable Body Perfection: Transform your body positively and affordably.
  • Unbeatable Value & EfficacyBenefit from high-quality treatments at exceptional value.
Experience the WellaSmooth 3X Ultimate Skin Transformation Plan by Wellaholic. Choose from a range of treatments like hair removal, skin whitening, and body sculpting. Personalize your path to beauty with quality and affordability. Transform, enhance, and embrace a new you today!

What Treatments Can I Choose with WellaSmooth 3X?

For a modest monthly fee, customers can indulge in premium treatments to remove hair, whiten skin, lift and enhance the boops, lift the butt and safeguard the private regions:

  • ⭐ Personalized Hair Removal: Opt for laser hair removal for all hair types.
  • ⭐ All-that-you-need Shaving: Achieve a sleek look with professional full body shaving to prevent ingrown hair.
  •  Advanced Skin Whitening: Experience innovative skin whitening techniques for radiant skin.
  • ⭐ Butt Lifting Treatments: Lift your butt for a perfectly contoured appearance with EMS technology.
  • ⭐ Bust Enhancement Options: Enhance your bust size and shape with specialized ultrasonic treatments.
  • ⭐ Expert Bust Lifting: Choose professional bust lifting via RF microneedling to make it look bigger and fuller. 
  • ⭐ Premium Personal Hygiene Protection: Improve personal hygiene with specialized Blue Light protective treatments.
  • ⭐ Flexible Combo Selection: WellaSmooth™ 3X allows you to select any three of the above treatments.
WellaSmooth™ 3X strikes a unique balance between choice, value, and quality, making it more affordable to achieve smooth skin, nicer bust and butt, as well as relieving any irritation to the private areas.

Why Choose SHR Prestige Unlimited Hair Removal?

  • SHR Diode Laser. Super Hair removal targets all skin types with 755nm, 808nm, and 1064nm laser wavelengths for the best hair removal treatment in Singapore. 
  • SHR is better than IPL for Asian skin. SHR is more effective than traditional IPL technology for finer hair and coarse hair.
  • Unlimited Shots. Our laser removal uses as many pulses as needed to destroy hair follicles to prevent hair growth.  
  • Award-Winning. Wellaholic’s SHR Hair Removal have won multiple awards making us one of the best hair removal salons in Singapore. 
  • Ideal for All Skin and Hair Colors. SHR laser hair removal technology works on all hair and skin types, including facial hair and body hair by targeting the melanin in the hair. 
  • For Everyone. Wellaholic has a team of skilled therapists, both male and female, to attend to your body hair removal needs. 
SHR emits a strong 3000w power of laser energy source to target hair follicles and body hair.

Pricing of Aesthetic Treatments by Wellaholic 

  • 💎 Price Transparency. All prices are published and updated on our website.
  • 💎 Flexible Plans. Choose from unlimited monthly or per-session hair removal plans.
  • 💎 Easy to Choose. Mix and match treatments from different categories.
  • 💎 No Hidden Fees. Pay only for the treatments you receive.


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Why Wellaholic is One of the Best Aesthetic Service Providers in Singapore?

  • Leading Singapore Aesthetic Chain. Wellaholic is a popular aesthetic chain with 8 outlets around Singapore.
  • Quality & Safe Treatments. Wellaholic is committed to quality, safe treatments with experienced staff.
  • Wide Range of Treatments. Wellaholic offers a large range of treatment from effective hair removal, skin whitening, bust enhancement, butt lifts for all areas of the body. 
  • Trained & Experienced Consultants. All treatments are performed by trained professionals who understand skincare needs for both genders.
  • SHR Technology. Advanced SHR technology provides a safe, comfortable, and painless hair removal experience.
  • Most Affordable Provider. Wellaholic offers competitive pricing, making it one of the most affordable hair removal providers in Singapore.
SHR Hair Removal - All the Body Parts You Can Treat

Reason 1: Wellaholic’s Unlimited Plans Save You Money

  • WellaSmooth 3X. Pay a small monthly subscription and choose 3 treatments from the WellaSmooth 3X family of services.
  • Unlimited Hair Removal. Choose a SHR Prestige Unlimited or SHR Deluxe Unlimited to enjoy hair removal with unlimited shots.
  • Pay One Price for All Body Parts. For hair removal, pay one price for unlimited hair removal on all body parts.
  • Huge Cost Savings. Huge cost savings with monthly unlimited plans. No price shocks from hidden costs!
Wellaholic Awards over the Years

Reason 2: Wellaholic is a Trusted and Award-winning Aesthetic Chain with Over 2000 Positive Reviews.

  • Over 50 Awards. Wellaholic’s WellaSmooth and SHR Hair Removal have won over 50 awards from top beauty publications since 2018.
  • Over 2000 Verified Customer Reviews. Wellaholic has over 2000 positive reviews from customers around the world. .
  • Verifiable Reviews. Positive reviews indicate high customer satisfaction. (See reviews below).
  • Over 50% Repeat Customers. More than 50% of Wellaholic’s customers are repeat and recurring customers.
Why it is easy to book an appointment at Wellaholic

Reason 3: It’s Easy to Book an Appointment at Wellaholic

  • Open 361 Days Per Year. Wellaholic’s 8 outlets are open 361 days a year, including public holidays for easy bookings.
  • No Queues. Book appointments in advance to avoid long wait times.
  • Easy Online Booking. Customers can conveniently book and reschedule appointments online or via the booking app.
  • No Extra Cost for Choosing Consultant. Customers can choose their preferred consultant for free.

Wellaholic is Singapore's premier aesthetic chain offering high-quality services like hair removal, facials, hair regrowth, teeth whitening, and slimming treatments. With eight locations, we're specialists in advanced aesthetics, providing lasting results through treatments like microneedling, permanent hair removal, fat freeze, and body sculpting.

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