Tattoos

Before

You've decided it's time for a tattoo. Whether it is your first time or just something to add to your collection of art work, it is important to choose an artist that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Your artist needs to listen to you and give you advise. Don't know where to start? Well we've compiled a list of the best tattoo parlours in Joburg. Check it out.

Next, you need to choose a design, if you don't already have one. A good tattoo artist will work with you to design your perfect piece. Remember this tattoo is for you. It is going to be on your body for the rest of your life. It is important that this design is exactly what you want.

Once you have chosen your tattoo and artist, you'll need to book an appointment and pay a booking fee, depending on the studio. You'll need to be sober for your tattoo. Drugs or alcohol can make getting a tattoo dangerous, and it will also make it difficult to complete the tattoo.

During

Firstly, you'll need to sign an indemnity form, this will state that you have not consumed alcohol or drugs, are older than 18 and so forth. Next, the artist will clean their work space and your chosen tattoo spot. They will put a clean needle into the tattoo gun and pour uncontaminated ink into clean bowls and put on new gloves. Next, they will put a stencil of your design on your skin (unless it's a freehand tattoo). Now it's time for the fun. If this is your first tattoo, ask your artist to first tattoo a little line so you can see what it feels like. Then they will tattoo. Getting tattooed differs from person to person and the area of the body, but it shouldn't be too painful. It almost feels like a cat kneading your skin. Just a lot faster. The outlines won't feel too bad, but the shading can grow painful after a while.

After

Your artist will wipe off the excess ink and blood, let you take a photo and then cover the tattoo. They will then give you the aftercare instructions. Which will be:

Piercings

Before

Piercings are great because they add some rebellious flare without the life-long commitment. There is also an almost endless amount with what can be done with a needle. Once you have decided what piercing you want it's time to choose your piercer. Check out this list of best piercing parlours in Joburg. We recommend going for a needle piercing, as this is more controlled and hygienic. Piercing guns can be difficult to clean properly. As with tattoos, your piercer will be in close proximity and will appreciate your personal hygiene, especially considering the intimacy of some piercing areas. If you plan to get several ear piercings on both ears, we suggest you get one ear pierced at a time to make sleeping more comfortable.

During

The piercer will give you an option of rings to put in your piercing once completed. It's best to go with generic jewellery while your piercing is still healing. It is also important to choose pieces that are correct for your piercing type so reduce pulling and snagging. Discuss the pros and cons of the various pieces, shapes and sizes with your piercer. Your piercer will then mark the area of your piercing and you can decide if you want it moved or not. The location of the piercing and all equipment will be cleaned. Your piercer should use a new needle and clean gloves. Then comes the moment of dread, the moment where you're effectively paying someone to stab you. Unlike tattoos, piercing is relatively fast and over quickly. But the pain is also a lot more sharp. The piercing may even bleed. After the sharp pain you'll feel more pain when the earring is inserted. And then it is done. It may sting for a few hours.

After

Your piercer will give you aftercare instructions, which will be:

 

Tattoos

Before

You've decided it's time for a tattoo. Whether it is your first time or just something to add to your collection of art work, it is important to choose an artist that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Your artist needs to listen to you and give you advise. Don't know where to start? Well we've compiled a list of the best tattoo parlours in Joburg. Check it out.

Next, you need to choose a design, if you don't already have one. A good tattoo artist will work with you to design your perfect piece. Remember this tattoo is for you. It is going to be on your body for the rest of your life. It is important that this design is exactly what you want.

Once you have chosen your tattoo and artist, you'll need to book an appointment and pay a booking fee, depending on the studio. You'll need to be sober for your tattoo. This can not only make getting a tattoo dangerous, but it will also make it difficult to complete the tattoo. Your artist will have to work close to you, so they'll appreciate general hygiene.

During

Firstly, you'll need to sign an indemnity form, this will state that you have not consumed alcohol or drugs, are older than 18 and so forth. Next, the artist will clean their work space and your chosen tattoo spot. They will put a clean needle into the tattoo gun and pour uncontaminated ink into clean bowls and put on new gloves. Next, they will put a stencil of your design on your skin (unless it's a freehand tattoo). Now it's time for the fun. If this is your first tattoo, ask your artist to first tattoo a little line so you can see what it feels like. Then they will tattoo. Getting tattooed differs from person to person and the area of the body, but it shouldn't be too painful. It almost feels like a cat kneading your skin. Just a lot faster. The outlines won't feel too bad, but the shading can grow painful after a while.

After

Your artist will wipe off the excess ink and blood, let you take a photo and then cover the tattoo. They will then give you the aftercare instructions. Which will be:

tattoo after care

Piercings

Before

Piercings are great because they add some rebellious flare without the life-long commitment. There is also an almost endless amount with what can be done with a needle. Once you have decided what piercing you want it's time to choose your piercer. This is why we compiled this list of the best piercing parlours in Joburg. We recommend going for a needle piercing, as this is more controlled and hygienic. Piercing guns can be difficult to clean properly. As with tattoos, your piercer will be in close proximity and will appreciate your personal hygiene, especially considering the intimacy of some piercing areas. If you plan to get several ear piercings on both ears, we suggest you get one ear pierced at a time to make sleeping more comfortable.

During

The piercer will give you an option of rings to put in your piercing once completed. It's best to go with generic jewellery while your piercing is still healing. It is also important to choose pieces that are correct for your piercing type so reduce pulling and snagging. Discuss the pros and cons of the various pieces, shapes and sizes with your piercer. Your piercer will then mark the area of your piercing and you can decide if you want it moved or not. The location of the piercing and all equipment will be cleaned. Your piercer should use a new needle and clean gloves. Then comes the moment of dread, the moment where you're effectively paying someone to stab you. Unlike tattoos, piercing is relatively fast and over quickly. But the pain is also a lot more sharp. The piercing may even bleed. After the sharp pain you'll feel more pain when the earring is inserted. And then it is done. It may sting for a few hours.

After

Your piercer will give you aftercare instructions, which will be:

piercing after care

 

Let Them Grow - Northcliff

As a working parent, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. You have to be there for your child and help them with life, schoolwork, bullies AND their homework. But now, thanks to Let Them Grow, you don’t need to do everything yourself. They offer an aftercare service that will fetch your little ones from school, ensure their homework is done. They also provide them with supervised fun with other children during the afternoon. The best news is that they offer holiday programmes when school is out.

Details: +27 11 888 8229 | [email protected] | 244 Frederick Drive, Northcliff, Randburg.

FunFanatiks.com – Sandton

Leaving the kids at home after school can leave them feeling bored and not remotely interested in finishing their homework. So, to keep your little ones entertained and up to date with their work, FunFanatiks.com offers a delightful and supervised space to keep an eye on them when you can’t. Their child drop-off care services cater for children aged between 2 – 12. They also offer a safe and secure indoor and outdoor play area. This is complemented by guided and supervised entertainment, a book club, meals and refreshments, homework supervision, electronic games and much more. And if you need a sitter for date night, they offer overnight babysitting too!

Details: 011 463 0577 | [email protected] | Sandton View, 82 Homestead Avenue, Sandton.

Cresco Preschool and Aftercare – Alberton

Offering supervised aftercare for children from grade 1 to grade 6, Cresco Preschool and Aftercare is just the place for your children after school. The facility will take care of your kids from 13:00 to 17:00. They supervise homework and allow your child to have fun and relax with exciting outdoor activities thereafter. They’ll also be provided with a nutritious lunch and afternoon snack. To transport your kids from their schools to the facility, they use well-recommended transport companies familiar with the area.

Details: (011) 867 1139 | [email protected] | 8 Hennie Alberts Street, Brackenhurst, Alberton.

Sammy’s Aftercare & Transport – Horison

This home-based aftercare facility will fetch your kids from school, supervise their homework and provide them with a light lunch and refreshments. It also offers kids a secure and supervised area to play, meet new friends and blow off some steam before you fetch them after work.  They transport and look after children from the following schools – Lantern Schools, Constantia Primary School, Laerskool Horison, Laerskool Gustav Preller and Horison View Primary School. If you're in the area and your child’s school is not on the list, give them a call.

Details: Samantha Nel | 073 790 9408 | 51 Kingfisher Street, Horizon, West Rand.

Sharonlea Child Care - Sharonlea

For a safe haven when you’re busy at the office, Sharonlea Child Care offers an after-school service for primary school children. There’s a lovely shaded outside play area, as well as sunrooms when the cold creeps in or the weather turns bad. Children from as young as three months old can be left in the caring hands at the baby centre.

Details:  082 444 8344 | [email protected] or [email protected] | 73 Ebbehout Street, Sharonlea, Northriding.

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