Tattoo Aftercare Guide
Keep on for 30-45min. Once removed, using antibacterial soap, gently wash with your hands.
Apply a thin layer 3-4x daily (or whenever dry).
Acceptable ointments include A&D, Aquaphor, or Tattoo Goo.
DO NOT USE VASELINE OR BACITRAYCIN.
The Days to Come
Light seepage for the first couple of days is normal. Wash with antibacterial soap and pat dry. Make sure tattoo is fully dry by leaving it exposed for a few min before applying more ointment.
After the first 2-3 days, it would be best to discontinue use of ointment, and begin using any unscented lotion, such as Lubriderm.
Your tattoo may scab, or peel. This is NORMAL.
Be sure to NOT PICK, or SCRATCH the tattooed skin.
Allow the scabs to fall off, and the skin to peel NATURALLY.
Things to Avoid: Pools/Ocean water, Chlorine, Direct Sunlight, or any activity that will cause sweating of the Tattooed Area.
Note: Henna binds to the keratin in your skin, so stains can vary from person to person. The skin is thickest on the hands and feet therefore it will stain darker on these body parts. On average the typical henna stain last from 7-10 days. It is at its peak stain on the second day after removal and it gradually starts to fade completely away after this.
Follow these simple steps for an optimum henna stain
- Once henna is applied it takes 45min. to dry (longer in colder environments)
- We recommend leaving your henna on for 4-8 hours (overnight preferred) for a deeper and longer lasting stain.
- Be sure to cover your design up to protect the design and your clothing.
- Peel/scrap the henna paste off after 4-8 hours. DO NOT USE WATER OR SCRUB THE SURFACE OF YOUR SKIN. Olive oil can be used to aid in this process. Once the paste is peeled off it will leave your henna design a bright orange color.
- You should try to avoid contact with water during the first 24 hours after paste removal as this can interrupt the oxidization process.
- This design will continue to deepen into a reddish-brown color over the next 24-48 hours. This gradual transition is a sign of pure natural henna.
Apply Heat! (Safely) Warming your henna design while the henna paste is still on your skin will help to achieve a dark stain.
Moistening your henna with a lemon sugar mix can help it stain. Be sure not to apply too much as it causes the design to blend.
When showering, bathing, washing dishes, swimming etc. it is best to rub a small amount of oil (vegetable or olive) as a protective barrier between the skin and water.
Avoid chlorine, salt water, dish soap, harsh chemicals, acetone, hand sanitizers and synthetic moisturizers.