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Permanent Hair Reduction (PHR) FAQS

What is SHR hair removal?

SHR is the latest in state-of-the-art Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (IPL) and is able to deliver a pain-free permanent hair removal, in as little as half the time of standard IPL. By gradually heating the hair follicle our SHR treatments disrupt the hair follicle's growth, so you can look forward to a lifetime of smooth skin with only occasional maintenance required. Say goodbye to a lifetime of waxing, shaving, and plucking!

Is IPL hair removal right for me?

While SHR IPL works best on darker shades of hair, our IPL E Light treatments are suitable for shades of blonde and red hair. Your clinician will provide a detailed assessment during your consultation. White and grey hairs, unfortunately, cannot be treated with this hair removal method

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on your individual hair type. Most clients require 8-10 sessions to achieve brilliant results. Hair reduces and becomes finer from the very first treatment. For some, an occasional maintenance treatment may be required, usually 1 treatment every 6 months.  We do not recommend waxing the treated area once you complete treatment as this may stimulate hair growth

How does it feel?

SHR IPL hair removal is a pain-free treatment, involving the application of heat to the skin which will cause a warming sensation. A cooling system is used throughout treatment to enhance your comfort.


I’ve had my first hair removal session. When can I come back for my next one?

SHR IPL hair removal treatments must be conducted at intervals and this varies depending on the area getting treated. As an example, the face may be treated at 2-4 week intervals, Brazilian and underarms at 4-6 weekly, while the chest, back and legs may be treated every 6-8 weeks.

Our highly trained staff will design a hair removal treatment plan specifically for you, so you can achieve optimum results.


Pre Treatment Information

Pre IPL Treatment Recommendations (Hair Removal)

Do not wax, pluck, use depilatory creams or undertake electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment, and in between treatments

Do not use prescription strength exfoliant creams (Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy) for 2 weeks prior to treatment

Do not shave for up to 2 weeks prior to first treatment. Please shave the night before all subsequent treatments

After care

There may be some mild heat and redness in areas that have been treated.  Wear loose clothing to your appointment so the heat is not trapped in the treatment area post treatment.

Sooth any redness and sensitivity with Skinstitut Laser Aid $49, this will continue to draw heat out of the skin and keep the area cool and hydrated. Laser Aid can be applied liberally for 3-5 days or until the skin has returned to its pre-treatment state approximately 2 days post treatment up to 4 times per day with clean hands.

Avoid shaving, waxing or plucking hair, exfoliation, excessive sweating, swimming or saunas, very hot showers and tight restrictive clothing for 24 hours post treatment.

It is advised to avoid exposing the area to direct sunlight after your treatment and always use SPF in the treated areas