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Ear piercing guide

by Carlotta Trentin |

Are you considering getting your first piercing? 

Are your ears pierced, but you need to know how to rock your new piercing like a superstar? It might seem pretty overwhelming, especially if you have many questions and no forthcoming answer.

What piercing should you get? How should you clean your ear piercing and earrings to avoid an infection? How do you style your ear piercing? That's why this post is a must-read for you. We have outlined everything you need to know before or after your ears are pierced to ease your worries.

 

What piercing should I get?

Not all ear piercing or piercing arrangements will work with your anatomy; it all boils down to your personal preference and the distinctive form of your ear. However, here are some trendy piercing styles that might interest you: 

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Helix Piercing

Helix piercings are made anywhere on the ear's top outer cartilage. Even well-known celebrities are now opting for helix piercings as a fashion statement. Helix piercings come in a variety of styles and placements on the ear. The Standard single helix, the double helix, the triple helix, and the forward helix piercing.

The helix piercing rates a four out of ten on a pain scale, and it takes 6-12 months to heal

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forward helix piercing

Tragus Piercings

Your tragus, a tiny piece of cartilage that partially encloses your ear canal, is the site of a tragus piercing. Tragus piercings look amazing on almost everyone and will look great on you if your ear is compatible.

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Daith Piercings

 

A Daith piercing is a particular style of ear piercing in the cartilage directly above your ear canal. While piercing, you should feel the area being pinched as the cartilage is tough and should only be mildly or moderately painful. Discomfort from Daith piercings often ranges from 3 to 7 on a scale of 10. This depends on your anatomy and how much you can tolerate pain.

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A Daith piercing can be uncomfortable, and its healing process might take a long time. It takes approximately six to twelve months before the piercing is fully healed.

 

Rook Piercings

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A rook piercing is a cartilage piercing in your inner ear's uppermost ridge above the tragus in the antihelix. A rook piercing is delicate and new and can also be worn in many different ways. Although a 6/10 level of pain can hurt more than a few other piercings, it is a trendy choice at the moment.

A rook piercing might take 6-12 months to heal. 

Conch Piercing

A conch piercing is situated in the center part of the ear. Conch piercings are hands down one of the most seductive piercing styles you'd see. It might be due to the way they boldly yet subtly embellish the ear, or it might be because of how extremely customizable they are. The type of jewelry worn with conch piercings can be either stud or hoop, and the placement can be either inner or outer. 

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It has a 6/10 level of discomfort, takes three to nine months to be fully healed, and costs $30 or above to get one.

Industrial Piercing

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The industrial piercing, also known as bar or scaffolding piercing, is a straight barbell joining two cartilage piercings on the upper ear. An industrial piercing has endless customization possibilities.

On pain level, It averages a 6 out of 10, and the healing takes between four to nine months. 

How to clear ear piercing?

Even though ear piercing is fairly common and generally safe, You should still take special care of your ear piercing and jewelry to prevent any problems. Here is a brief step-by-step guide to cleaning your ear piercing and earrings.

You should:

  1. Clean your ear piercing while you perform normal daily hygiene routines like taking a shower. Do this twice a day.
  2. Wash your hands with warm water and mild soap before touching your piercing to prevent bacteria from spreading.
  3. Clean using a fresh cotton pad or swab dipped in saline solution, and dab with a clean towel or tissue.
  4. Always avoid sleeping on your ear piercing, especially when it is not healed fully.
  5. You can clean your earrings by sanitizing them with hydrogen peroxide. To do this, you should first wash your hands to avoid spreading more bacteria, soak a cotton pad or swab with hydrogen peroxide, and dab it all over the earring to clean it. For a more thorough clean, you can immerse the earring in hydrogen peroxide and set the earring on a clean cloth to dry.

 

How to style ear piercing?

Are you confused about how to go about your ear piercing stacking?. Here are some tips for styling your ear piercing like a pro.

  1. Stack different textures: When layering, make sure to use a variety of patterns and textures; this helps the stack look more elegant and highlights the jewels. Consider pairing up a plain hoop, a pave hoop, and a chained stud with a simple hoop. Also, adding charms to your existing items can be a terrific way to give them a facelift and give your collection more versatility.
  2. Use the cascading rule: According to the cascading rule, you should wear your larger, more dangly pieces in the front—your firsts, seconds, et al.—and smaller, more stud pieces as you move higher up the ear, i.e., your thirds, conch, helix, et al. For instance, choose a larger hoop or dangling piece for your first piercing and smaller hoops or studs for your second and third till you work your way up with smaller pieces.
    As a result, your ear stack will appear easy, lengthy, and classy, balanced by your jewelry's height. If you're going to add charms, place the longer, bolder charms in front and the smaller ones on the helix and upper lobes.
  3. Spice up your stack with a cuff: Cuffs are the perfect way to add some edge to your look. They're also great for people with sensitive ears who can't wear regular earrings or for guys who want a more masculine style.
    Add a cuff to balance your stack and give it some visual interest. It can create the appearance of a conch piercing without really having one!

Bottom Line

Ensure you get ear piercings that work with your anatomy. This should not bother you, as a professional piercer will enlighten you on the styles that suit the shape of your ear. To prevent your new piercing from the risk of infection, you must embrace a lifestyle of regularly cleaning and caring for your ear piercing and earrings. Always ensure that you follow the instructions given to you by your piercer.