Maybe you had your ears pierced since you were a child, but you decided that it’s time to add to your standard studs. Perhaps you are new to the world of piercings, and you chose your ears as your starter. You have a ton of options to explore.
The ears make ideal spots for piercings because they consist of cartilage that a gun can penetrate. You don’t feel much pain in many locations, making it a perfect starter for first-timers. You might wonder what parts of your ear you can pierce — here’s the skinny.
When you think of piercing your ears, you probably pictured the lobe first. The cartilage here is so thin, you can perform this procedure at home, although you should go to a reputable professional if you’re new. If you choose the former route, make sure you sterilize all your equipment before use.
Depending on the size of your earlobe, you can pierce it multiple times. Maybe you have seen photos of celebrities with long lines of earrings ringing the entire bottom. You can also go with a single piercing to set off that pair of diamond studs your SO got you for birthday.
A forward helix piercing goes through the upper part of your ear on the inside, closest to your face. You should go to a piercing salon to have this procedure done. A barbell-style earring often works here as the backs of standard earrings can irritate the inside skin in the tight corner.
Do you have migraines? If you do, a Daith piercing could ease your suffering considerably. They work along the same meridians that acupuncture uses in treating the disorder, but on a more permanent basis. Although little scientific evidence supports this cure, ample anecdotal reports testify to its efficacy. For the best results, visit a salon that specializes in this technique for treating head pain.
Your tragus is the small piece of cartilage that is closest to your face. Many people like to get jewelry that looks like cute insects or other adorable animals here, but you can use your imagination. Any piercing that goes through the tougher bits of cartilage in your ear deserves the loving care of a professional.
Orbital piercings consist of two holes with a single piece of looped jewelry between them. They often encircle the outer part of your earlobe, hence the name. Since it consists of two holes, a professional can make sure to space them the correct distance apart.
Snug piercings are some of the most painful ones to get according to aficionados. They go through that tough bit of cartilage near the center of your ear. They also have a four to six month healing time, making them a choice for diehards only.
Helix piercings take place in the great plains of your upper ear cartilage. Like lobe piercings, you can go with a single piece of jewelry or have several in this region. You can also layer them in double or even triple. These have a three to six month healing time, and you need to keep the jewelry intact until this process completes.
Industrial piercings are all the rage in the club scene, and if you want to party like a rock star, get to a professional salon. This style also consists of making two holes, only they typically traverse the top part of your earlobe. A single barbell is the most frequently seen type of jewelry with this piercing style.
Ear piercings swept the red carpet at fashion shows this year, and if you want to create the celebrity look, go for it. You can pierce multiple parts of your ear to create a signature style.