All tattoos performed at Deep Roots are done in a professional and appropriate manner. After your session is over, though, it is up to you to take good care of your amazing new body art. We recommend following these simple suggestions to make sure your healing goes smoothly during the critical healing period:

  • Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 2 hours, and a maximum of 8 hours or overnight.
  • ​Remove bandage and wash gently but thoroughly (no scrubbing) with warm water and mild soap until no longer slimy (5 to 10 min).
  • Wash the tattooed area twice a day- once in the morning and once at night. Pat off excess water with a disposable paper towel or gently air dry before putting on (clean) clothing.
  • Wear loose clothing while your tattoo is healing. Gentle cotton is best.
  • ​DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo, as it needs oxygen to heal properly.
  • ​You can begin applying a very small amount of ointment to the tattooed area twice daily the day after your procedure. Applying ointment is necessary to prevent the cracking of the scab that will form. Without ointment, that cracking will prolong the healing process and affect pigmentation. Don’t forget to wash your hands before the application as any contact with the tattooed area must be clean.
  • ​Once the scab has fallen off, switch to an unscented, mild liquid lotion such as Curel, Cetaphil, Aveeno, or After Inked.
  • ​DO NOT soak the tattoo in water while it is healing. This includes saunas, bath water, hot tubs, lake water, chlorinated water, and sea water. Yes, you should shower, but do not let the scab get too soggy.
  • ​DO NOT use Neosporin, Vitamin E, Aloe, Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter as ointments during your tattoo’s healing period. These are great products for skin, but NOT for tattoos.
  • DO NOT pick at your scab. Doing so can pull out bits of ink resulting in an inconsistent tattoo.
  • ​DO avoid excessive sunlight. Using sunscreen daily will help keep your tattoo sharp and fresh looking over the years.
  • ​DO expect that your tattoo will swell up and feel sore first 2 days. It will also feel itchy, darken and scab up, flake off in the color of the tattoo, look shiny underneath scab, and appear a bit dull and milky before it has finished healing. This is all part of the process.
  • ​You will know that your tattoo has finished healing when it looks like the rest of your skin. It will take between 2 weeks and 2 months, depending on the placement, size, and your body’s capacity for healing. You must wait until your tattoo is FULLY healed (no shiny skin) before any touch ups or add-ons to your new tattoo.
  • ​Please do not hesitate to call your artist with any questions or for further information.