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will hair grow over a tattoo?

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Answer # 1 #

Tattoos shouldn’t affect hair follicles and prevent hair growth due to a couple of reasons:

Understanding how hair follicles work and grow will allow us to see why tattoos won’t directly affect their growth.

A hair follicle can be defined as a structure of cells and tissue that extends around the hair follicle. It’s located in the epidermis skin layer.

The root of the hair grows from the very bottom of this follicle, deep in the dermis layer of skin. Its root consists of protein cells that are cultivated by blood vessels.

A cycle of cell growth promotes continuous hair growth. The hair rises through the dermis and epidermis skin layers through growth.

Each hair will permeate and fall out, but in its life, it experiences four cycles:

A hair follicle will also store melanin:


Our skin is complicated, and creating a permanent tattoo requires a proper procedure — a needle pierces through the skin, and pigment is inserted into the dermal layer.

Now, you may be thinking, well, isn’t that the same place in which the hair follicle is located?

Let us explain.

The location of the hair follicle is significantly deeper down than the deposition of the tattoo ink. Thus, it won’t affect nor hinder hair growth.

Tattoo artists should shave the area in which they’re about to tattoo so they can work more precisely and see more clearly.

Be wary of ingrown hairs and tattoos. While your fresh ink won’t directly stunt hair growth, the tattooing needle can inadvertently poke down hair into the skin during the tattooing procedure, leading to the possibility of ingrown hairs.

Alternatively, ingrown hairs can also be caused by either yourself or your tattoo artist as the hair is shaven away from the area that is about to be tattooed.

Hair growth from a hair follicle should push upwards and outwards. Ingrown hairs lose this capacity and grow sideways or curl back within the skin layers.

The hair follicle becomes inflamed — they’re typically red and bumpy and may cause some discomfort. They can appear around areas such as the legs, chest, back and armpit.

Note that if they’re present in the tattoo area, you should avoid:

Doing so could damage the tattoo and cause distortion or fading.

Tattoos shouldn’t affect your hair follicles and the growth of hair they incubate. Pay attention, though, to the other side of the spectrum: pimples.

These pesky things are caused by an infection in the hair follicle. A fresh tattoo is a delicate thing, and thus, spots around the area could cause some irritation. Try to avoid scratching or popping at any pimples and don’t apply any aftercare lotion/moisturizer that is likely to clog pores, such as petroleum-based products.

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Jin Little
Transplantation Nursing
Answer # 2 #

There’s a lot more that goes into getting a tattoo than just agreeing on a tattoo design and where it will go on your body. You need to prepare your skin and your body for the process.

You need to eat and drink lots of fluids before going to your appointment and get plenty of rest. Your skin also needs to be prepared for the procedure. It must be cleaned thoroughly, removing any oils or creams on your skin.

If the area on your body where you’re having the tattoo has lots of hair, you will need to shave the area. By shaving, you’ll allow the tattoo artist to complete the tattoo without any issues and will make sure that the stencil sticks to your skin properly.

Following the tattoo procedure, your tattoo will need to heal. The healing process requires lots of care and attention to get your skin back to its best condition and your tattoo looking stunningly perfect.

The first few days following your tattoo procedure, your tattoo will be an open wound. You will need to care for it in the same way as you would any cut or graze. It needs to be kept clean at all times and moisturized but only with specific creams and lotions. You need to be careful to not use perfumed lotions on your new tattoo.

If the area where you have the tattoo didn’t have hair before the procedure, it won’t grow any hair after you get your tattoo.

If you had hair that was removed to have the tattoo, this hair will almost certainly grow back. It may take a little time as the skin was damaged during the tattoo procedure, and it will need to heal itself before any hair grows back.

There’s no need to worry, the hair will start to grow back as normal after the first few days and will gradually look as it did before you got your tattoo.

Shaving the area before getting a tattoo makes it easier for the tattoo artist to complete the tattoo. This gives them a clear view of your skin without having to fight through a jungle of hair.

Removing any hair will also allow the tattoo stencil to stick to your skin. The perfect stencil positioning will make sure that the design is transferred to your skin as a perfect representation of the design on paper. As the tattoo artist completes the tattoo, any remaining hair may result in interference with the needle and leave you with blank spots in the tattoo.

As the hair will grow back, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t shave before getting a tattoo. Shaving the area will give you the perfect results that you expect and dream about.

People do worry about ingrown hairs when shaving for a tattoo. An ingrown hair occurs when the hair grows back into the skin rather than out of the skin. This can cause pain and inflammation with bumps in the skin that can contain pus.

It is possible that you may suffer from ingrown hairs after shaving. However, if you make sure that the area is shaved using shaving foam or gel, the chances will be reduced. Many tattoo artists will shave the area when it’s dry which will increase the chances of issues occurring.

The direction that you shave also affects ingrown hairs. You need to shave the hair in the same direction that it grows to prevent any issues.

If you do have ingrown hairs, don’t touch, scratch, or rub them. They need to be left untreated until the tattoo has healed. You can then treat them as needed but be careful to not puncture the skin as this will damage the tattoo.

As you can see from our guide, hair will grow back over your tattoo once the tattoo area starts to heal. However, If you didn’t have hair there before, you won’t get any new hair after the tattoo process. The hair may grow back slowly initially but will be back to normal in no time.

Remember that the better you prepare your skin, the better it will heal following the tattoo process. This will also help to prevent any ingrown hairs or damage to your skin.

We hope that we’ve answered your question and you now feel a little more comfortable about shaving before getting a tattoo.

Uncredited Kopman
Crew Chief
Answer # 3 #

Poking the skin with pigments to create an image won't stop the crop of hair that grows across that bodily surface.

Carice Bercovici
Mechanical Maintainer Group "B"