What tattoo colours are the hardest to remove?

Have you ever wanted to know what tattoo colours are the hardest to remove? We can answer that one for you. Every tattoo is different. Therefore needs the right wavelength to remove it. 

White is the hardest ink colour to remove.

If you think about the colour spectrum, black absorbs all wavelengths. And absorbs the most heat. Whereas white retracts all wavelengths of light. And absorbs the least heat.

Image showing colour absorption against a black and white surfaceLaser tattoo removal works by directing the laser energy onto the tattooed area. The tattoo absorbs the laser light energy. Which then breaks the ink into tiny little particles. These particles are eliminated through the lymphatic system, the body’s natural cleansing system.



image showing which colours easy or harder to get rid of for tattoo removal



Generally black and darker inked tattoos are the easiest to treat.

Followed by reds and warmer colours and then blues and greens.

With blues and greens needing a few more treatments.






At Goodbye Tattoos, we want only the best for you. Which is why we use the best performing laser tattoo removal machine: The Quanta Q-Plus C laser.

The Quanta Q-Plus C laser tattoo removal machine is globally known, as one of the top-performing laser systems.

3 different wavelengths

We are able to treat a range of colours with the machine’s 3 different wavelengths: 1064 nm, 532 nm and 694 nm.

The most common tattoo colours we see are black and dark tattoos. For these, we use a wavelength of 1064 nm. Which is ideal and very effective for removing these colours. 

The next common colours we see are warmer tones like reds, oranges, yellows and browns. For these colours we use the 532 nm.

The wavelength used for blue and green inks is called the Ruby laser. The Ruby laser has a wavelength of 694 nm.. However, it’s important to remember that coloured tattoos can take a little longer to remove than black or darker inked tattoos.

Collage of tattoo removal progress photos across a range of ink colours

Number of sessions

On average, it takes between 6-10 treatments to remove a tattoo.

However, this depends on a range of variables; Tattoo colour. Skin tone. Layering of tattoos Tattoo location on the body. The health of individual. The  amount of ink. Age of the tattoo. And whether the tattoo was done professionally or if it’s an amateur tattoo.

There you go. Hopefully that will make it a bit more easier to understand what tattoo colours are the hardest to remove.

If you are looking for tattoo removal Neutral Bay, get in touch today.

At Goodbye Tattoos, we offer no-obligation, free consultations. Our friendly staff will take you through the entire process.

Start on your laser tattoo removal journey now and say goodbye to your unwanted tattoo. 1300 74 50 74. [email protected]

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