Maintaining body hair can be a bit of a hassle for us who choose to go bare. It is a time-consuming ordeal comprising endless razors or waxing strips and appointments at the salon, and rarely does it end when the hair is gone — thank you, ingrown hairs.
With the influx of light and laser hair removal treatments nowadays, eliminating fuzz has become an easier and more permanent affair than it was a decade ago. The invention of IPL is right at the forefront of new-age hair removal techniques, and it has taken over so much that bringing a razor to your hair follicles in the shower seems almost archaic.
IPL is short for Intense Pulse Light treatments, which uses a broad spectrum of light to remove hair semi-permanently, or permanently, after multiple sessions. Shots of light are administered to your follicles, a light so strong that it converts to heat that damages the bulb of the hair. It does sting, but not unbearable. Modern IPL systems also have integrated cooling functions or painless options to help ease any discomfort.
For those seeking long-term hair removal options, IPL has evolved into the default, so we round up some of the top hair removal salons in Singapore that offer the service.
Strip is a leader when it comes to all things related to hair removal. Though they may be best known for their waxing solutions, they do have IPL options on their menu. They recently debuted their Advanced Fluorescent Treatment (AFT) for hair removal, a patented technology available only at Strip, which promises semi-permanent hair reduction without the pain. Results last up to two years and have no effect on the colour of your skin, unlike IPL, which may cause lightening of your melanin pigments. Prices begin at S$68++ a session.
Strip is located in multiple locations islandwide.
Parisian aesthetic services company, Estheclinic, has an IPL system that promises permanent results with no pain thanks to a technology the brand has created in collaboration with medical professionals. Estheclinic’s IPL service isn’t just comfortable, but it’s also highly effective, with results starting to show after just three quick 20-minute sessions. With multiple locations spread out across Singapore, booking an appointment at Estheclinic is also very convenient, whether you’re located in the East, West or Central area. Prices differ according to the area of your body, though your first session accords you to a 50 per cent discount.
Estheclinic is located in Tanjong Pagar, East Coast, Holland Village.
Those who have sensitive skin that is unable to stand up to IPL treatments should opt for VPL instead. VPL, which stands for Variable Pulsed Light, is a system that uses shorter bursts of light to remove the fuzz on your body, in a way that is less aggressive, and thus less prone to agitating your skin. Trimmings Salon and Spa has VPL treatments for a woman’s intimate parts, executed by certified aestheticians who prioritise your comfort above all. The best part about getting a treatment there is that you can transform one session into a full spa day, given how Trimmings offers services for all your needs, from head to toe. Prices start at S$300 for VPL.
Trimmings Salon and Spa is located in Loewen Road and Tudor Court.
Only Aesthetics has one of the fastest-acting IPL services available in town. A handful of sessions at this IPL specialist is all it takes to eradicate those pesky hairs, at price points that are reasonable to boot. For those concerned about regrowth, though that should rarely occur, simply pay for a lifetime maintenance fee and return when that happens. Prices start at S$68 for the underarm area.
Only Aesthetics is located in Holland Village, Dhoby Ghaut, Raffles Place and Scotts Road.
The Urban Clinic Medical Aesthetics offers medical-grade hair removal treatments, so if you have seriously persistent fuzz, this salon is your best bet. Their IPL system is not only highly effective but comprises a cooling technology that helps soothe the sting of the treatment as you go along. Prices begin at S$120 for treatments on the underarms and Brazilian area.
The Urban Clinic Medical Aesthetics is located at #01-15 Raffles City Mall, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103