A Hairy Situation: A Review on Super Hair Removal (SHR)

I am a hairy person.

I have always wanted to have my leg hair removed SINCE FOREVER because for years and years it was a constant source of frustration and esteem issues. Shaving was such a trauma because for some reason I always tended to get ingrown hair on my legs, which would result in angry, inflamed bumps all over my legs, leaving — gasp — SCARS that would take forever to go away! Not pretty at all.

And I have tried them all — Veet, waxing, epilating, ingrown hair treatment (salicylic acid, basically), exfoliating regularly, but NOTHING helped.

So one of my life priorities when I started working 3 years ago was to nip that problem in the bud — go for hair removal! It was the perfect time to go because 1) I finally had the money and 2) I was going to be married and wanted to look good for myself, and for my husband.

And so I went! One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life EVER. It may seem like an exaggeration, but if you knew how much unhappiness these hairs have caused me, you’ll see how it’s true. I completed my sessions just before the wedding, and have since gone on to remove underarm hair and now, facial hair. I didn’t have any gripes about my facial hair really, but I caved in to vanity. My justification? That makeup will go onto the skin better! I’ll admit the packages are not cheap, but this will be my last course of hair removal. I’m not addicted to aesthetic treatments, I promise!

It is absolute bliss that I don’t have to fuss over leg and underarm hair ever again (or at least for a very long time, because no hair removal is permanent — it’s subjected to factors like hormone changes in your body). I really can’t imagine now if I hadn’t gone — Faz would’ve probably had to bear some of the brunt!

After doing my research, I went with a hair removal technology called Super Hair Removal (SHR). It’s touted as a painless process because the light delivered to the hair follicles is low-intensity but delivered rapidly, therefore heating the follicles just enough to kill them, without any pain. Previously, as with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), it was thought that the light must be strong and targeted at the follicles long enough in order to kill them, and this was why it was so painful. Now, isn’t R&D amazing?

Despite this promising premise, my first few sessions were EXCRUCIATING. It felt just like how IPL users describe it — rubber bands snapping against my skin — but worse. I only found out why it was excruciating later when my beautician rotated to another outlet and another attended to me — and no, it wasn’t because my hairs were too thick, or that the claims of SHR being painless were invalid. It was because she had been moving the machine over my legs perhaps a bit too slowly, therefore heating up my hair follicles longer than necessary!

With my new beautician, there was still some heat but it was never painful because she takes extra care to move the machine over my legs quickly. The heat and smell of burnt hair can be a bit of a discomfort at first but as the hairs get finer and lesser, you won’t even feel the heat anymore and it’s virtually painless.

SHR is effective for all skin, dark or fair. But as with all lasers, it’s most effective when the hairs are darker and thicker — the light targets darker and thicker hairs more easily than fine hairs. That’s why you’ll need multiple sessions before the hairs are completely gone. OH and the great thing about SHR is that it lightens the skin too! The scars on my legs are practically gone, and my underarms are the fairest it’s ever been! And now I’m hoping for the scars on my face to be lightened too.

I’ve been going for my SHR sessions at CSK Aesthetics, which has been superb. It’s an aesthetic clinic run by doctors whom you can get professional advice from. The procedures are mostly done by the beauticians, but it’s just reassuring to have the option to see a doctor regarding your procedure if you need to. Going to a beauty centre may be cheaper but I was looking to sign up with a doctor-guided centre that knows what they’re doing and can give me advice that’s backed by science. They don’t hardsell either, which is great!

P/S: This is not an advertorial. Been really happy with my results so far, and just wanted to share the good stuff!


19 Comments on “A Hairy Situation: A Review on Super Hair Removal (SHR)”

  1. farnamals says:

    thanks for the review, i’m interested to try this out now! i’m almost at the end of my current IPL package with a beauty centre and still not sure whether i should sign up for more sessions.

    guess i’ll sign up for this Super Hair Removal process instead! not having to fuss over leg and underarm hairs for a looong time sounds like a very good idea to me

    • aida says:

      How has your IPL experience been? I know right, having leg and underarm hairs is like as if we don’t have enough woman problems to deal with!

      • farnamals says:

        my IPL sessions have been pretty good – minimal pain so far! but i’ll need to finish the last 3 sessions before i can see whether it’s been effective overall

  2. Smy says:

    How many sessions did it take for you to have a noticeable difference I had 10 sessions of ipl and no change at all. I’m having shr on Thursday and hoping I’m not throwing away more money!

    • aida says:

      You had 10 sessions of IPL and no change at all? That’s really odd! I started seeing a difference after the first 2 sessions in that the hairs took longer to grow out. And after each session it just kept taking longer to grow out and became finer. By the 7th or 8th session I didn’t need to shave at all in between sessions, which was about 3 weeks. Results on my underarms were even faster than on the legs.

      Hope SHR will work for you this time!

      • Smy says:

        Thank you! No, I would say after session 5 there was a possibility of a difference but I’m not convinced it wasn’t in my head! Still had to shave every day! Still do! :(

  3. fa says:

    hi can i know how much u spend? i

  4. Gia says:

    Thank you for your review on SHR.

    I am currently looking for the best treatment for myself, so reading your review helps me :)

    I have some questions and I hope you are able to help me.

    I have not heard of SHR until this year. Is SHR very new to this market? How safe is this treatment program?

    I have to be very honest here, I am a very, very hairy female and the hair on my legs are my worst nightmare! Even though I know that no treatment can be 100% effective, I was hoping that IF I were to go for a SHR treatment, that I would NEVER shave my legs again. I am also hoping that my legs will completely look hairless and smooth all the time, even after the SHR treatment, do you think this is possible?

    I guess the number one worry I have about the “black dots” on my legs after every shave. I know they are the “hair follicles” but I would like to ask if SHR is able to also get rid of these “black dots”?

    Thank you so much for your time, I really look forward to hearing what you have to say.
    Thank u again

    • aida says:

      Hi Gia. The short answer is yes. SHR kills the hair follicles, so eventually you won’t have any more hair growing, thus eliminating the need to shave — and no shave means no black dots!

      It’s been 2 years since I completed my SHR sessions and I’m happy to report that I haven’t needed to shave at all. There are still a few stubborn hairs growing but they are so fine (they used to be thick and dark) that they’re barely even visible. SHR also lightens any scars you might have, so that’s a bonus!

      SHR worked superbly for me. Of course there’s no guarantee that it will work the same way for everyone, but I do think it’s worth a shot.

      (I’m not sure when SHR was introduced to the market, but I’m pretty sure it’s been around for at least 5 years.)

  5. Ishi says:


    How effective was SHR for facial hair?

    • aida says:

      Hi, I think it typically takes more sessions for facial hair because the hairs are lighter and finer. I did see improvement i.e the hairs on my face have become lighter and less noticeable but they have not been removed completely. That said, I must also say I wasn’t going for the sessions as regularly as I should have, so that probably played a part as well.

  6. Meeta says:

    How much it would cost at csk per session???!

  7. Manny says:

    Thank you for this helpful review – I’ve been recommended SHR by my therapist from my local salon and am very interested but the cost is still quite a lot for me.

    After your first course of treatments have you been back for maintenance ones? Have the hairs grown back at all?

    • aida says:

      Hi Manny. It’s been about three years now and I haven’t needed to go back for maintenance. One or two stubborn strands have grown back but nothing to get distressed about, really. Hope this helps!

      • Manny says:

        Thank you Aida – I think I may have to bite the (expensive) bullet and do it!! :) I hated shaving and as much as I don’t mind waxing it is a chore so will be saving up the pennies now for SHR.

  8. Sid Malik says:

    Hi, I read your review about SHR not too long ago. Then today I found a website that took your review and claimed as hers, “Written by Amber Gao”. Every word. When I read ‘hers’, it seemed familiar. So I looked for your review to double check. Here’s the link:


    So terrible that people plagiarized other’s works. Ish ish…

    On a separate note, how is the SHR after a few years? Worth it?

    Sid Malik.

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