At Hamilton IPL we take hair removal seriously. We keep you informed about the process so that you can be safe and secure knowing that we are looking after your needs.

IPL with SHR and RF

This machine is capable of much more than simply hair reduction.  It has painless hair reduction technology and for added benefit Radio Frequency.

What is SHR?

SHR (Super Hair Removal) is a step forward in permanent hair reduction technology using intense pulsed light. The system combines laser technology, Intense Pulse Light and Radio Frequency (RF)  It is the most advanced way of removing unwanted hair today. SHR is safer and pain free in comparison to traditional IPL and Laser.


IPL is an acronym for Intense Pulse Light.  This is a technology where intense broad spectrum non coherent light is emitted at a preset energy level (energy measured in Joules) and wavelengths (measured in nano meters), at a varying number of pulses over time (frequency measured in Hertz).  Traditional IPl technology alone employs short pulses with a vast amount of energy.  This energy is transported to the hair root solely through transporting energy along the melanin.  This means that skin and red blood cells which have a similar absorption rate, also absorb the high levels of energy produced by IPL at the same time.

SHR technology on the other hand utilises the melanin path only partially (50%), and it uses the stem cells that produce new hair.  SHR gently transports the energy through the skin and through the melanin to the hair follicles. It gently warms the skin helping penetrate down to the follicles which produce hair growth.  It is a slower but longer heating process, the melanin as well as the tissue of the stem cells is heated with low energy at a higher frequency over a longer period of time to a comfortable temperature.  

SHR fires multiple low energy pulses at a much higher frequency.  In doing so SHR gently heats the hair follicle to the heat needed, and the most you will feel is warmth and a tingling sensation.  SHR also utilises IN-Motion technology, where the hand piece is always in motion over the skin allowing the treatment of a much larger area in a shorter time.

Does SHR hurt?

If you were to rate pain 0 to 10 with 10 being excruciating and 0 with no pain, SHR would rate about 1. It depends on the area being treated and how strong the hair growth is, as well. It is still far less painful than waxing or full blown IPL and Laser.


There is no such thing as permanent hair removal.  No technology can guarantee you permanent hair removal, and that includes laser, IPl, and SHR.   SHR/IPL and laser offer permanent hair reduction. You should see a marked improvement over the course of treatments recommended. It common when areas are treated properly to see little to no hair growth.

How many treatments are needed?

It varies depending on the maximum safe and comfortable level of energy we can apply to your skin.  Certain prescription medicines, sun exposure and skin type can affect the outcome. Until now hair had to be treated during the growing phase (20-30%) however stem cells in the resting phase (telegen) can still be successfully treated with SHR.  Generally 6-8 treatments are usually necessary since growth cycles vary.

What about lighter and darker skin and hair colour?

The darker the colour the better light absorbs it, therefore light skin with dark hair is the most responsive.  Because SHR technology affects the chromophore, (a protein located in the follicle that is responsible for it’s colour) this enables successful treatment of dark skin and blond fine hairs.  SHR is not limited like traditional IPL and Laser so it can successfully perform hair reduction on darker skin.

What is RF?

RF is an acronym for Radio Frequency.  Radio frequency is just a radio wave and not attracted to melanin or colour so in effect can also treat blonde, grey and fluffy hair it does this by heating the follicle up with enough heat to kill it, using the IPL as a guide for the RF good results can be achieved with this system for light coloured hair.

What can we do?

  • Hair Removal
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Vascular Facial Capillaries, Spider Veins
  • Reduce Facial Redness – Rosacea

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