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Is SHR Hair Removal Safe?

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. A common question from our customers would be “is SHR hair removal safe?“. In this short article, we will help to answer this common question regarding SHR hair removal.

2022 Wellaholic Blog - SHR is patented by Alma Lasers, and is effective for all skin tones and hair colours and hair types

Methods: SHR hair removal uses lasers to remove hair.

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment that uses lasers to remove hair. It is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair, and it can be used on most areas of the body. There are several types of lasers that can be used for this treatment, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Some people find that laser hair removal is more effective than other methods, while others find that it isn’t as effective.

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.

​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.

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 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. 

Results: SHR hair removal can be effective in removing 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. 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. Nevertheless, 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. 

Risks: There are some risks associated with SHR hair removal.

As opposed to the IPL hair removal that exposes and destroys hair follicles via high-intensity pulses, SHR involves only heating and cooling. Hence, the procedure works perfectly well for both fair and dark-skinned people. SHR is also a safe option for those with sensitive skin. From the clinical studies undertaken, SHR has been proven to be the safest method of light based hair reduction for all skin types. Melanin found within darker skin is known to be much more sensitive to the heat when used in light based treatments. 

Nevertheless, with any laser hair removal treatments, there are some risk considerations.

Wellaholic's SHR permanent hair removal takes the process to a whole new level. Once the hair has been removed it's as if there was never any body hair to begin with.

SHR Risk: Redness and irritation

Laser hair removal damages hair follicles of the intended areas. The body reacts to this, and some individuals experience redness and irritation in the indicated places. The skin may tingle or feel tender, and may possibly even appear to swell a bit. The symptoms associated with an SHR procedure usually only last for a short time. You see skin that has already been waxed or plucked, after your SHR treatment. Some physicians apply a topical anesthetic to reduce how much your skin reacts to the method.

SHR Risk: Pigmentation issues

Some people may notice minor color changes in the treated area after the laser hair removal procedure. It can get slightly darker or even lighter, providing lasers were applied. Those with particular skin tones may be more prone to pigmentation changes. Those also with a particular skin type will have more pigmentation changes. Over time, the skin returns to its normal state, and the changes are faded away.

Nevertheless, if you are suffering from hyperpigmentation or want to prevent possible pigmentation issues, you can choose our Skin Whitening treatment to inhibit the melanin development, leading to whiter and fairer skin.

 if you are suffering from hyperpigmentation or want to prevent possible pigmentation issues, you can choose our Skin Whitening treatment to inhibit the melanin development

SHR Risk: Eye injuries

The procedure for removing hair requires the use of high-powered lasers. Because of this, there is a chance of experiencing serious injury to the eye, or even to somebody’s face, if a doctor is performing the work on the patient’s face. The person receiving the treatment and the practitioner should wear protective gear, such as goggles, in order to avoid such injuries.

Importance of Choosing an Experience Professional Hair Removal Expert for SHR Hair Removal

There is no question that choosing an experienced professional hair removal expert is important for properly completing any type of hair removal treatment. The wrong choice can result in ineffective or even dangerous treatments.

Daily Vanity Spa Hair Awards 2021

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. 

Our constantly R&D in the SHR treatment procedure has helped us clinch several awards, including the following: 

  • Best Hair Removal Treatment 2021 – Daily Vanity Spa & Beauty Awards 2021
  • Best SHR Treatment 2020 – Beauty Insider Spa & Salon Awards
  • Best Hair Removal Services 2019 – Beauty Insider Spa & Salon Awards
  • Best IPL/SHR Treatment 2019 – Daily Vanity Spa & Hair Awards 2019
  • Most Popular Hair Removal Treatment – Critic’s Choice Awards 2019
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019 – TripAdvisor

Find out more about our SHR hair removal treatments now!


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