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Precare

Please follow these steps the week of your appointment:

  • Stay hydrated (LOTS of water) and drink beverages high in electrolytes such as NUUN tablets and/or coconut water (at least a liter the day before your appointment)

  • Avoid alcohol 

  • Eat nutrient dense meals (lots of vegetables, healthy fats and grains and avoid processed food, foods high in sodium & sugar)

  • Get an adequate amount of sleep

  • Moisturize the area that will be tattooed

  • Shave the area the night before 

 

Following these steps will help to alleviate discomfort while being tattooed and will result in a much better heal.

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Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Snacks & lunch (light snacks available at the studio)

  • Water bottle or other drinks you’d like to have

  • Blanket or jacket in case you get cold

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for the area being tattooed- keep in mind you will most likely get ink on your clothing

    • A sarong or robe is great if you are getting work done on your torso, back or upper leg/glute area

    • Underwear or bikini bottoms with ties are great for thigh,hip, lower back and/or glute pieces 

    • Tank tops or strapless shirts are best for sleeves

 

During your appointment, please eat foods that promote healing. Foods high in protein, carbohydrates, vitamin C, zinc & vitamin A 

 

Here’s a link for suggestions: 

 

https://advancedtissue.com/2015/07/nutrients-essential-for-wound-healing/

Day of Appointment

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Postcare

DAY 1

  • Remove the bandage within an hour of leaving the studio.

  • Run the tattoo under hot water (as hot as you can stand) for 5 minutes. 

  • Wash the tattoo with Dr. Bronner’s unscented soap with your hand (no washcloths, sponges, etc.)

  • Use your fingers to press and wash away all of the plasma. Your tattoo should NOT feel “slimy” when you’re done

  • Dry with paper towel

  • Before bed wrap your tattoo with a nonstick absorption pad (provided). You can use tape to secure the pad.

DAY 2

  • First thing in the morning, remove the bandage and wash immediately- IF the tattoo is stuck to the bandage, DO NOT PULL. Get in the shower and let the water gently take the bandage off. 

  • Keep your tattoo dry and avoid clothing or anything that might stick to it

  • Before bed, wash your tattoo (following instructions from day 1), let it air dry and apply a nonstick absorption pad.

*Do not rebandage after day 2

 

Rest is key to healing. Please make sure you have at least 1-2 days to relax and heal following your appointment(s). 

 

Continue washing your tattoo twice a day (morning & night) until it has fully healed. 

 

Your tattoo will start to peel within 3-4 days, when this happens you can begin using a tattoo salve- we recommend Redemption tattoo aftercare. Use a light layer and keep the tattoo moisturized. 

 

*Keep your tattoo out of the sun and always use sunscreen when it’s healed. 

 

DO NOT:

  • DO NOT pick at, scratch, wash with anything abrasive or wear tight clothing against the tattoo.

  • DO NOT workout for at least a week until the tattoo has peeled 

  • DO NOT expose the tattoo to sunlight for a month

  • DO NOT soak the tattoo in water- NO swimming, hot tubs, saunas, dry spas, bathtubs, oceans, rivers, lakes… puddles until the skin has returned to normal, usually a minimum of 2-3 weeks. 

  • DO NOT apply any scented balms, lotions, etc.

 

Tattoos can take up to 6 weeks to heal and up to 6 months to fully settle. 

 

*The better you treat your tattoo for the first month, the better it’s going to look for the rest of your life.*

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