IPL vs SHR: What’s the Difference?


When it comes to getting rid of hair permanently, nothing does the job quite like laser hair removal. However, laser hair removal can be much more expensive. Lucky for you, there’s options in IPL and SHR that does pretty much the same thing, but for cheaper. What’s the difference, and which to choose? Here’s all you need to know.

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. The treatment consists of running individual pulses of light at high intensities over targeted areas of the skin, in what is called a “shot”. The light is converted to heat energy, essentially destroying hair follicles without causing damage to the skin. For those of you with lighter skin tones and dark hair, this is perfect for you! However, for those with darker skin, you may want to give this a pass — those with more melanin in their skin may end up getting a burn. It takes 4–8 sessions to see results. While it is relatively painless, you may feel an unpleasant burning sensation, though.

What is SHR?

SHR stands for Super Hair Removal. However, unlike IPL, it uses much gentler pulses of light at higher frequencies, with “sweeps” done over the targetted area — this reduces heat from building up too much in one area. This means that is is also much gentler on the skin, and unlike IPL, you’re unlikely to feel pain. Good news — it works on a range of skin tones and hair colours, and takes 6–10 sessions for results.

Which is better?

At the end of the day, which hair removal method you prefer is up to you. IPL is better if you’re on a tighter budget — it tends to be cheaper as compared to SHR, which is touted as a newer technology and is thus more expensive. On the other hand, if your skin tone is darker, opting for SHR would be the better choice. If you think IPL or SHR isn’t for you, read on here for the best hair removal treatments out there.

Check out these salons for IPL and SHR services in Singapore!

NEWU Aesthetics

Discover a new you here at NEWU Aesthetics, where you’ll get service with a smile. It doesn’t hurt that their services are affordably priced, too! Be it IPL, SHR, and other aesthetic treatment options, NEWU Aesthetics will be there for you.

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In need of laser hair removal services at affordable prices? Look no further than Supersmooth. Painless and extremely efficient, laser hair removal is excellent for sensitive areas and can treat even the finest hair. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy complete peace of mind with their 3-year warranty program that covers any additional sessions you may need!

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Wax Factor

The hair removal experts, Wax Factor specialises in all things hair-related. Whether you are looking for a quick fix in a Brazilian wax or opting for IPL, you can be sure they will meet all your needs and more.

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