What is SHR?

SHR stands for Super Hair Removal, a combination of laser technology and the benefits of intense pulsed light (IPL) for permanent hair reduction.

This system delivers practically painless results and even hairs which may have previously been difficult to remove can now be treated. 

The sweeping technique of moving the applicator repeatedly over the treatment area ensures full coverage while the cooling system cools the skin surface, preventing burning and allowing for virtually pain-free yet highly effective hair removal.

SHR can also be used to successfully treat pigmentation, rosacea and red veins as well as skin rejuvenation.

What is the difference between traditional laser technology and IPL technology?           
Traditional laser or IPL technologies employ short impulses of approximately 2-300 milliseconds, applying a vast amount of energy (12-120 Joule on one square centimetre). Energy is transported to the hair root through melanin, where warmth of 65-72° Celsius is produced. Energy reaches the root of the hair follicle solely through melanin. Skin and red blood cells have a similar absorption coefficient as melanin and therefore also absorb the high levels of energy produced by the laser and IPL methods. This can lead to swelling lasting several days or even to third-degree burns.  

SHR technology, on the other hand, utilises the melanin path only partially (50%). Light energy is penetrated down to the follicles which produce hair growth.

Research has shown that a slower, but longer heating process is considerably more effective for permanent hair removal than high and short levels of energy. Embrayce Beauty and Medispa Christchurch - Pain free Sheerlight SHR IPL E-light Hair Removal

What advantages does this have for you?       
An optimal intensity can be achieved given that the same area is treated multiple times with low energy impulses. The treatment is more comfortable and the skin is better protected than with conventional methods. The treatment is virtually painless.

How are different skin colours affected?  
Light skin with dark hair responds most favourably to the treatments. In addition to targeting the melanin, SHR-technology affects the chromophore, a protein located in the follicle, enabling the successful treatment of dark skin removing achromous, fine hairs.                                                           

How long should intervals between treatments be?  
The hair growth cycle and the interval between treatments should correspond, requiring spacing of approximately 4 weeks.  The number of treatments required varies and will be discussed during your initial consultation.   

What precautions should be taken before treatment?  
Sun exposure, fake tanning, sunbeds and hair removal creams should be avoided at least one week before initial treatment and throughout the treatment period.  Hairs should not be waxed or plucked less than 6 weeks before treatment.  Shaving is allowed any time.  Areas to be treated should be shaved the day before your appointment.  Certain medications can make skin more susceptible to damage and we will need to be aware of all medication