New Henna or Jagua Tattoo?
After Henna Tattoo Is First Applied
1.) Henna take around 30 minutes to dry depending on the paste and environment. So during this time you want to make sure not to smudge it or bump into anything! Some small bumps to your henna tattoo may be fixable, but no guarantees.
Oil and moisturizer are both great to care for and preserve your henna tattoo stain for as long as possible. Using lots of this on the henna tattoo before any water activities will help create a barrier between the water and your skin, and keep your stain nicely moisturized. Moisturizer helps the henna tattoo remain longer. Any scrubbing, soaps, or hand sanitizer will more quickly fade your henna. Salt and chlorine will also create more fading, but sunblock or oil will help prevent that.
After Your Jagua Tattoo Is First Applied
1.) Jagua takes around 20 to 60 minutes minutes to dry depending on the product used and the environment. So during this time you want to make sure not to smudge it or bump into anything! If you bump jagua you will end up with with smear tattoo, unfortunately. Jagua works fast, but you won't see it's working at first... The stain show up hours later, however, and tricks many people.
2.) Once your jagua is dry you can use your hand as normal, just no water until you are ready to wash your jagua off. Washing jagua is best to do after at least 6 hours of having the jagua paste or gel on. I usually tell people to wash one hour before bed, to give it the maximum time to set in, and a little air dry time before going to bed.
Make sure to get it all off. You can scrub, use soap, ect. You'll feel a film once the jagua is under the water, so just get that all removed. If you don't that film will re-stain! If you dont wash off your jagua tattoo you will likely smear it as you sleep. This could result in jagua stains elsewhere on the body and in unwanted areas, or a smeared design on the hand.
I tell you, jagua is not for the faint of heart. Phew!
***JAGUA TATTOO DISAPPEARS AFTER WASHING. This is totally normal, and as mentioned before, the jagua will surprise you and show up so very, very dark the next day.
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3.) Oil is a great way to preserve the jagua stain starting the day after application. Using lots of oil on the jagua tattoo stain before any water activities will help create a barrier between then water and your skin and keep your stain nicely moisturized.
Any scrubbing, soaps, or hand sanitizer will more quickly fade your jagua. Salt and chlorine will fade it quicker as well, so use oil or sunscreen to help combat that.