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How To Use Jagua Gel To Create A Black Temporary Tattoo

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The jagua ink is taken from a fruit called Genipa Americana. An unripe the fruit turns black when cut and exposed to air. That’s where the black ink for jagua gel is extracted from. That’s good news for some us who like a black tattoo but don’t want it to be permanent. jagua is not to be confused with a product called black henna which is harmful to the skin. Jagua is a naturally safe temporary black dye tattoo that is really easy to use and it has been used for centuries by tribes from South and Central America for decorating the body. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I will show you below how to use it and what to expect.
What you'll need: 
Jagua gel (comes in squeezable tubes)
Soap
Water
Towel
Scissors
1: 
Make sure area to be decorated is clean. You can use soap and water to clean the area and then pat dry with towel.
2: 
Take the jagua gel tube and unscrew cap. Pierce or cut the nozzle off.
3: 
Hold the tube like a pen and squeeze gently to draw out your design. Thick lines will create a dark colour; this can be useful if you’re doing a design that requires an outline.
4: 
When you’ve finished your designing, the gel will dry in roughly 25-45 minutes. Don’t smudge or touch the design during this time. Recap your jagua gel after use.
5: 
You need to leave the jagua gel on the skin for at least 2 hours. Doing this will give you the darkest colour possible to your design.
6: 
After the 2 hours wait, peel off the paste and wash off the residue with warm water and pat dry. If you don’t rinse the dye with water, the residue might stain clothing or other fabrics it rubs against.
7: 
Your design will look like a light grey. But don’t lose heart; this is normal to begin with. As if by magic it will darken by itself over 6-24 hours. You’ll notice the change as the hours tick away. The final tattoo colour will be a bluish-black colour, just like the colour of permanent tattoo.
8: 
Depending on your skin type, the tattoo should last 10-15 days.
Conclusion: 
As you can see the applying of jagua gel is similar to applying henna. The only thing is that jagua gel doesn’t need mixing up and it’s faster at drying. You can also use Jagua paint to do your designs. You apply the Jagua paint with a brush and you only need two thin coats of paint to get a really dark colour. The second coat can be applied straight after the first coat. After designing with the paint you just follow the drying time and rinsing off as above. The jagua paint dries in 10-15 minutes and the tattoo last the same time as mentioned above. Be as creative as you want with your designs as they are only going to be temporary tattoos. Show of your designs and watch the shock on people’s faces, when you tell them it’s a temporary tattoo. You may get asked to do temporary tattoos for people. Who knows this might be your calling to be a part-time temporary tattoo artist. Enjoy your tattoo and have fun.
Tips: 
Don’t rub or scrub your tattoo and pat dry after having a bath. This will help the tattoo to last longer.
Avoid using soaps or lotions on the tattoo.
Avoid swimming pools with chlorine in it, if you want your tattoo to last longer.
You can use transfer paper or stencils to create your designs.
You can use application cones or application bottles with various sized metal tips to do detailed designs.
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