Looking for the best hair removal treatment? Whether you’re an unhappy shaver or just want a solution that lasts longer – these are some options for being fuzz-free. From IPL, laser and electrolysis to traditional methods like sugaring and waxing, we asked five hair removal salons in Singapore to answer some key questions on their most popular treatments.
What’s the hype?
Electrolysis is the only hair removal method recognised as ‘permanent’ by the FDA. It’s safe for most parts of body and face, and treats hair of all colours and types, as well as skin tones. The treatment is offered at Renique Boutique, which is headed by Renuka who has over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. Renique uses an innovative technology that’s powerful and faster than any epilator.
How does it work?
A fine sterile probe is inserted into the natural opening of the hair follicle. A tiny amount of current is applied, destroying the growth centre of the hair with chemical or heat energy.
Renuka stresses on the importance of consistent treatments. She recommends pairing electrolysis with Dynamic Pulse Control Light (DPC), a form of IPL, for faster results.
Sugaring, a waxing alternative, is an epilation method using a 100 percent water-soluble sugar paste. Made from white sugar, water and lemon juice, the paste is completely safe for all skin – even sensitive skin.
How does it work?
The sugar paste is directly applied to the skin at body tempertature (no scalding) and flicked off, removing hair from the roots in its natural direction of growth. Because of this, regrowth is slower, finer, softer and lighter in colour, leading to quick hair refinement and diminished hair growth, as well as far less hair breakage and fewer ingrown hairs. Sugaring has also been said to be less painful than common waxing methods.
On top of that, this technique helps to remove dead skin cells while removing unwanted hair, so you can look forward to brighter and cleaner skin right after! The recommendation is once every three to four weeks, depending on the individual’s hair growth rate. (Psst… Beauty Editor Anthia Chng swears by it!)
Four outlets islandwide: Bukit Timah, Katong, Downtown, Upper Thomson
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Is IPL completely pain-free?
Yes, IPL permanent hair removal at EstheClinic is totally painless thanks to the MacPeel’s No Pain System Technology. Unlike the static nature of the traditional IPL system, which delivers intense pulsed light in one sudden zap, EstheClinic’s treatment uses a handpiece that is constantly swept across the skin, covering a larger surface area within a shorter amount of time. Using the latest generation of IPL technology allows EstheClinic to administer a pain-free hair removal treatment without the need for numbing cream.
Why choose IPL?
Apart from being painless, EstheClinic’s patented IPL hair removal technology works twice as fast as traditional IPL technology. For example, a treatment comprising half-legs, bikini and underarms is completed in only 30 minutes. Also, there’s no downtime involved – after each session, you can immediately resume all your normal activities. Improvements are noticed by most clients after the first few treatments, with noticeably less hair and a slower rate of regrowth. Longer-lasting results become increasingly visible after each treatment. EstheClinic’s IPL hair removal is effective and safe for all skin types, with minimal risks even for the darkest skin tones. Note, however, that it’s not suitable for those with blonde, red or grey hair.
Three locations islandwide: Tanjong Pagar, East Coast, Holland Village
Skin Fitness uses Caron wax from Australia, a high-quality wax formulated with the finest natural resins, pure Australian beeswax and sensuous aromatherapy. This wax delivers superior results and can remove stubborn hair as short as one millimetre. The wax formulas are tailored to the individual’s hair type, which your certified therapist will identify to ensure the best results possible.
What happens before and after?
Each waxing session begins with a luxurious foot soak using a combination of jasmine- and chamomile-infused products to calm and soothe the mind. After your wax is complete, the treatment concludes with a hydrating and soothing serum that replenishes the skin and assists with the reduction of ingrown hairs and any skin redness. Skin Fitness also emphasises hygienic practices, which means you won’t see double dipping, ever.
Psst… This beautiful salon in Shenton Way also offers IPL hair reduction for both men and women, on top of other treatments like facials and tanning. The latest technology, which includes cooling and super hair removal (SHR), is used to ensure that the treatments are as painless and quick as possible. Don’t miss out on the affordable package promotions, priced from $89 for six sessions of underarm IPL!
Where to go?
Try it at Supersmooth, a local startup offering quick and fuss-free laser hair removal that’s backed with a three-year warranty programme. New generation laser diodes operate at a wavelength that skips your skin and goes straight for your hair roots, making it safe even for those with darker, richer skin tones. The hair root is damaged and your body purges it as waste material within two weeks.
First, unwanted hair is shaved before a cold gel is applied to the area of treatment. The laser selectively heats and destroys the hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. Then, the gel is wiped off and you’re good to go! On average, a total of eight sessions – once every six weeks to start with, then every eight weeks over the course – are needed for full results. The best part? Thanks to Supersmooth’s three-year warranty, anything after your eighth session is covered, giving you peace of mind!
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