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Ear piercings: all you need to know

Considering an ear piercing but unsure of the specifics? Look no further! At Luna Jewelry, we've got all your questions covered. In this guide, we'll explore various ear piercing types, including their locations and names, along with insights on the piercing process, pain levels, healing times, and essential aftercare tips. We'll also help you choose the perfect jewelry to match your style.

Types of Ear Piercings


Helix and Forward Helix

- The helix piercing is located on the upper part of the ear's cartilage. It's a popular choice for its minimal pain and affordability but requires careful handling due to its exposure to bumps.

- The forward helix piercing sits opposite the helix, above the tragus near the face. It's a unique choice that might be slightly more painful than the helix.

Tragus and Forward Tragus

- The tragus piercing is found in front of the ear canal. This small, round, or triangular piece of cartilage offers a quick healing process and pairs well with conch or helix piercings.

- The forward tragus is located opposite the tragus, just above the earlobe, offering an unusual look.

Conch

- Situated in the ear's hollow area, the conch piercing can be styled with simple, double, or triple rings and comes in internal and external variations.

Daith

- This discreet, stylish daith piercing is located above the ear canal within a small cartilage fold and is often adorned with a thick ring. It's noted for potentially aiding in migraine relief.

Rook

- The rook piercing sits in the fold of cartilage above the daith. It's a distinctive choice though less common.

Flat

- Positioned on the flat area between the helix and forward helix, the flat piercing is perfect for those seeking a subtle yet stylish look.

Snug

- Located inside the ear's cartilage, the snug piercing can be more painful due to its proximity to ear nerves but offers various jewelry options once healed, such as rings or curved bars.

snug ear piercing

Choosing Your Ear Piercing

When considering an ear piercing, it's crucial to select a style that reflects your personal taste. Before your appointment, familiarize yourself with the different ear piercing options available:

- Central ear piercings like the daith, rook, and snug are found in the upper cartilage.

- Upper cartilage piercings include the helix, flat, and rook.

- Outer and conch piercings comprise the forward helix and helix, while those at the ear's base include the lobe and forward tragus.

- Inner ear piercings involve the conch and daith.

For first-timers, a less painful and trendy option like the helix or tragus is recommended. Experienced individuals might consider more complex piercings like the daith, rook, or snug.

Significance, History, and Origins

Historically used for spiritual purposes, piercings today are embraced for aesthetic appeal, personal expression, or cultural identity. Piercings date back to the Neolithic era, serving as decorative and magical tools to ward off illness and evil spirits. In antiquity, earrings were talismans and status symbols.

During the Middle Ages, piercings and tattoos were banned by the Church as remnants of pagan practices. The modern piercing movement was reintroduced in the 1990s by influencers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and American pop culture. Today, ear piercings are fashionable accessories, with designers like Maria Tash leading the trend.

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Why Opt for Ear Piercings?

Ear piercings are among the most popular because they offer numerous customization options. It is estimated that 50% of women under 24 years old worldwide have ear piercings. The reasons people choose to get ear piercings vary, but in many countries, they are primarily for aesthetic reasons.

The process of getting an ear piercing involves considerations of price, pain, and choosing the right piercer. Ear piercing is a common practice among women, but the most frequent questions concern the procedure, cost, selection of the piercer, and the necessary preparation. These aspects will be discussed below.


Ear Piercing Procedure: Costs, Pain, and Choosing a Piercer

Ear piercing is a common practice among women, but the procedure, cost, choice of piercer, and preparation are frequent concerns.

Pricing for Different Types of Ear Piercings:

  • Lobe: €20-€30 for one, €40-€50 for two.
  • Helix: €30-€50, with discounts for multiple piercings.
  • Tragus, Conch, Rook, Forward Helix, Flat, Forward Tragus, Snug: €30-€60.
  • Daith: €40-€60.


Prices generally include the piercing, initial jewelry, aftercare advice, and follow-up. Discounts may be available, especially for students getting multiple piercings.

Where to Get Pierced?

Using a piercing gun in jewelry stores is highly risky. It can cause permanent deformations (to nerves, cartilage, etc.) and the jewelry used is not suitable (sharp tips, butterfly backs). Moreover, piercing guns are not sterilized and may not be clean.

Therefore, it's important to choose a professional piercer for ear piercings, especially for cartilage piercings. A professional piercer knows the locations of nerves, does not tremble, and creates symmetrical holes. They use sterilized, single-use equipment (needles and titanium jewelry) and adhere to strict hygiene rules, having been trained in sanitary conditions.

Ear Piercing Process:

- You'll sit or lie down based on preference.
- The piercer disinfects the area and marks the piercing spot.
- The ear is pierced with a sterile needle, and the jewelry is inserted.
- Aftercare instructions are provided.

It is possible to get multiple piercings at once, but it is advisable not to pierce both sides on the same day (except for the lobe) to avoid sleeping on the piercings and damaging them. Also, note that not all piercings are feasible on every ear, as the cartilage may be too thin or too small.

The pain associated with ear piercing varies depending on individual sensitivity, the area pierced, and the person's stress level. Here is a pain scale for different types of ear piercings, from 1 to 10:

- Lobe: 2/10
- Helix: 4/10
- Forward Helix: 5/10
- Tragus: 4/10
- Forward Tragus: 5/10
- Conch: 6/10
- Daith: 7/10
- Rook: 7/10
- Snug: 7/10
- Flat: 4/10

The pain during piercing is typically sharp, intense, and piercing, but it quickly fades into a dull ache that persists for a few hours. The piercing site remains tender, red, and swollen for one to two weeks.

The most painful piercings are the daith, snug, and rook, which are located in areas of thick cartilage where double penetration by the needle is more painful. However, this pain lasts only a few seconds. The lobe piercing is the least painful because it does not contain cartilage, while the helix piercing is less painful due to the thinness of the cartilage.

woman piercing her ear

Preparation Tips for Ear Piercing

To mentally and physically prepare for an ear piercing, it's important to reduce stress and promote healing:

- Eat and hydrate well before the session to prevent discomfort.

- Ensure you get a good night's sleep and avoid alcohol the night before, as it can affect blood clotting and increase pain.

- Tie back your hair to keep it out of the way during the piercing.

- Stay calm: It's normal to feel a bit nervous, but try to relax by taking deep breaths and listening to calming music.

- Avoid painkillers such as aspirin or paracetamol before the appointment, as they can affect blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding.

woman cleaning her ear piercing

Aftercare for Healing Ear Piercings

Complete healing of an ear piercing requires a strict care routine and adherence to hygiene rules. The healing time varies depending on the location of the piercing:

  • Helix: 3 to 6 months
  • Tragus: 2 to 6 months
  • Conch: 3 to 6 months
  • Lobe: 6 to 8 weeks
  • Daith: 2 to 6 months
  • Rook: 6 to 9 months
  • Forward Helix: 3 to 9 months
  • Forward Tragus: 3 to 9 months
  • Snug: 6 to 9 months
  • Flat: 3 to 6 months


Healing occurs in three phases: the exudation phase where the cartilage is red and swollen, the granulation phase during which crusts form, and finally, complete healing when the crusts disappear and the wound is clean.

How to Maintain a Piercing

To aid your body in healing, it is crucial to clean the pierced area with a strict routine:

  1. Thoroughly wash your hands before touching your piercing.
  2. Apply a saline solution or a pH-neutral soap on a gauze to gently cleanse the wound.
  3. Ensure to slightly move the jewelry to allow the solution to effectively clean all areas.
  4. Rinse with warm water to remove any residue.
  5. Check that the jewelry is properly adjusted and never remove the piercing before it has fully healed.

Following these guidelines can greatly help reduce the risk of infection and promote rapid healing.

Tips to Prevent Piercing Infections

In addition to the usual care routine, certain precautions are essential to prevent a piercing infection. First and foremost, avoid touching or playing with your piercing except during cleaning.

Frequent contact can introduce germs and delay healing. Also, avoid using makeup or hair products near the piercing, as they can also lead to infections.

It's recommended not to engage in sports during the first month after getting a piercing to prevent sweat from irritating the wound and promoting bacterial growth. Also, avoid swimming in pools or public baths, which are potential sources of infection.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle to aid the healing of your piercing. A balanced diet, sufficient sleep, and stress reduction can strengthen your immune system. It is advisable to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, which can delay the healing process.

How to Know When to Change Your Piercing Jewelry?

Waiting for the complete healing of the area is crucial before changing your piercing jewelry. Your piercing is likely healed if there are no more signs of bleeding, redness, swelling, and the crusts have disappeared. Consult your piercer for professional advice on the state of healing.

How to Recognize and Treat an Ear Piercing Infection?

Signs of an infection include redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, the presence of yellowish pus in large quantities, an unpleasant odor, and sometimes fever. If you notice several of these symptoms, it is likely that your piercing is infected. Clean the infected area twice a day and avoid activities that could worsen the infection, such as swimming or exercising. If the infection persists or worsens, consult your piercer or a doctor for appropriate treatment.

How to Choose the Ideal Jewelry for Your Ear Piercing?

Choosing the right jewelry is essential for the success and aesthetics of your piercing. Here are some tips for choosing the best option:

Best Hypoallergenic Materials

  • Titanium ASTM-F136: Commonly used by professionals, hypoallergenic and affordable.

  • Gold: Reduces the risk of rejection but can be costly.

Types and Sizes of Jewelry to Choose

  • Rings: Available in various sizes and thicknesses, suitable for several locations on the ear.

  • Studs: Small discreet bars, often adorned with decorative heads such as geometric shapes or stones.

  • Curved Bars (Bananas): Equipped with two screwable balls on the ends.

  • Chains: Add a rock touch, extending from the lobe to the helix.

  • Pendants: Offer graphic and original designs.

Jewelry Choices According to Your Skin Type

  • Dark Skin: Opt for gold for its brilliance.
  • Light Skin: Silver or gray will highlight your complexion.
  • Tanned or Medium Skin: You have the advantage of being able to wear both gold and silver.

Take inspiration from celebrities like Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson, or Ariana Grande to find the style that suits you. However, remember that healing requires time and proper care, and it is recommended to consult a professional for piercing and advice on post-piercing care.

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