Embarking on the journey of investing in a tattoo, a permanent addition to your body, should undeniably stand the test of time! At Kayo Tattoo Studio, we eliminate the guesswork from the process, ensuring you extract maximum value from every step. Consequently, with our comprehensive pre and post tattoo aftercare guides, we guarantee that this distinctive experience unfolds just as it should. So, let’s embark on this creative journey together – allow us to assist you in crafting something truly beautiful!

At Kayo Tattoo, we believe obtaining a tattoo should be a joyful and positive experience. Thus, we commit to equipping you with essential knowledge to prepare your body and skin before your session. Here’s a guide to ensuring a smooth tattoo session:

Stay hydrated. 

Adequate hydration before and after a tattoo session is vital. It not only keeps your skin pliable but also aids the healing process. Ensure you drink ample water in the hours preceding your appointment and in the subsequent days.

Get plenty of rest. 

Arriving at your tattoo appointment well-rested and alert always proves beneficial. It not only enhances the experience but also minimises any potential discomfort.

Avoid alcohol and drugs.

We strongly advise against consuming alcohol and drugs before and after your session. These substances can thin your blood, complicating the tattooing process. Moreover, alcohol can cause dehydration, which may hinder the healing process.

Maintain clean skin.

Ensure you shower or bathe before your tattoo appointment, washing your skin thoroughly with unscented soap. Refrain from applying lotions, creams, or moisturisers to the area to be tattooed.

Eat a nutritious meal.

Nourishing your body adequately enables it to better handle the tattooing process. Enjoy a healthy meal before your session and consider bringing a snack to consume during your appointment.

Adhering to these tips ensures a positive tattooing experience at Kayo Tattoo. For any questions or concerns before your appointment, please feel free to contact us!

Embarking on the aftercare of your new tattoo now becomes paramount. Simply immerse yourself in our tattoo aftercare guide, ensuring optimal healing for your new ink.

On the Day

Upon completion of your tattoo, the artist will diligently apply a plastic wrap to your skin. It’s crucial to retain this for a maximum of one hour to ensure optimal protection. Importantly, there’s no need to re-wrap your tattoo once it’s removed. For the initial two days, gently cleanse your tattoo with warm water, and pat it dry with a clean towel or disposable paper towel. Kindly refrain from using any soap or body wash.

After 48 Hours

Transitioning into the next phase, continue to gently clean your tattoo with lukewarm water for the first two days. Again, pat it dry with a clean or disposable paper towel, and please, abstain from using any soap or body wash.

2 Days – 14 Days

Moving forward, apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare balm twice daily until your tattoo fully heals. Furthermore, it’s vital to minimize sun exposure as much as possible. Remember, excessive moisture, water, and sweat can elevate the risk of infection. Therefore, avoid swimming, spas, saunas, and gyms scrupulously for at least 14 days.


Typically, new tattoos will peel and scab, which is a completely normal part of the healing process.

However, it’s crucial not to pick or scratch the area, as doing so can lead to infection, scarring, and ink dropouts.

Additionally, during the initial days of your tattoo aftercare process, be mindful that tattoo ink has the potential to stain items, such as bedsheets and towels.

Furthermore, considering a tattoo can take up to six months to fully heal, ensuring diligent care throughout this period becomes paramount.



Navigating tattooing while breastfeeding involves considering infection risks and ink safety. Additionally, those prone to fainting or on blood-thinning medications should prioritize safety and consult their GP, respectively. Furthermore, avoiding alcohol or drugs 24 hours before the appointment ensures a smoother process and optimal healing.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any concerns.

Waiting 24 hours wouldn’t be a bad idea, as alcohol has the potential to weaken our immune systems. 

No, our artists will remove any fake tan in the area to be tattooed before commencing. Fake tan can interfere with the quality of your tattoo.

The peeling and scabbing will start around three days after your tattoo session, please avoid scratching the tattoo. 

In as little as 4 – 6 weeks. Still, healing time varies from person to person based upon the size and complexity of their design; colouring or shading will take longer than a fine-line tattoo. 

After your artist has carefully crafted and perfected the beautiful artwork of your new tattoo, it is important to protect this vulnerable open wound with plastic wrap for at least one hour. Do not rewrap, as that may do more harm than good! For the first two days after you’ve removed the plastic wrap, cleanse only with water and pat dry – no soaps or lotions are allowed just yet. After 48 hours, however, you can apply a small amount of aftercare daily to ensure optimal healing results!