What is Tattoo Waxing, And Should Your Spa Offer It?

Waxing before tattoos leads to better skin to ink up. // Photography: Getty Images

Tattoo waxing is one of the newest hair removal trends. To receive a tattoo, the skin must be hair-free, so tattoo artists usually shave the area, but hair begins to grow back within a day, which can cause stubble and discomfort. Waxing, on the other hand, helps keep the skin hair-free for several weeks, allowing the newly tattooed skin to heal without discomfort. Tattoo waxing can also be done on tattooed skin to help exfoliate, brighten, and maintain the longevity of the tattoo. However, not every wax is suitable for this service.

According to Perron Rigot’s national training director, Cali VanAelst, some wax might be too aggressive for post-tattoo skin or may not have the correct exfoliating effect. Perron Rigot developed the Cirépil Boudoir wax to be used as a tattoo wax. It is created for the most sensitive skin, and it is hypoallergenic. Featuring a creamy texture, this wax helps remove all hair, coarse or fine, and it helps revitalize tattoos so they look fresh and vibrant.

“Tattoo wax is a new service to offer in spas and salons, which will recruit loyal lifetime clients,” says VanAelst. “Your clients will thank you for offering them a new service they didn’t even know they wanted.”

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