Tattoo aftercare: Can you remove your hair over a tattoo?

If you are new to tattoos, you might wonder whether you can shave after you've gotten your new ink. These are some tips to take proper care of your skin. 

Tattoo aftercare: Can you remove your hair over a tattoo? 

You might already know that typically tattoo artist shave the area before getting a tattoo. It is important to note, that you are prone to irritation after shaving, you should shave a few days before you get your new ink.

Can you shave after a tattoo?

Remember that a tattoo is technically an injury in your skin, and it takes about two or three weeks to heal. And even though you might resume your normal life after that period, it is much better not to exfoliate or irritate your skin for up to six weeks. 

 Can you shave after a tattoo?

If you notice the stubble coming in, it might be a little bit difficult to resist the urge to get rid of the hair, but it is better not to. You might run the risk of damaging the design by shaving any saving or raised area. So, if you want to be safe, it is better to wait at least four weeks before shaving over a tattoo again. 

What about other hair removal methods?

Use gentle products, shaving cream, or gel to minimize the irritation in the area. Remember that once you've tattooed an area you cannot get laser hair removal. 

You can wax the area, but under no circumstances should you do it before your ink has completely, and I mean completely, healed, otherwise, you run the risk of infecting the area. 

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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