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Ear styling has become a huge trend, these days it's all about individual choice to create your ultimate look. How many piercings is too many? We don't think you can overdo it provided you buy from someone reputable and experienced to decorate your ears. There are so many different ear piercings and styles of earring that you can opt for these today with fashion trends constantly evolving. With so many choices available, what type of ear piercing would suit your new look? Today our customers are having upwards of four piercings in each ear. The days of single ear piercings are long gone! Are you looking to create the ultimate curated ear? If you want to find out which piercings are on trend in 2021 our guide will help you to decide. We will also review piercing healing times and the pain threshold for each to help you to make your decision.
To help you to decide what type of piercing to choose, check out our ear piercing guide to understand all of the options available.
The super stylish Helix piercing sits on the upper section of the ear and is a cartilage piercing. The helix is the outer rim of the ear and helix piercings can be placed anywhere along the top half of the outer rim. Barbells, ball closure rings, circular barbells and body spirals can all be worn in helix piercings. Barbells move around the least and are recommended as initial jewellery following your piercing. The Helix piercing is performed using a small needle and the amount of pain experienced is fairly low. Healing time is between 8 - 16 weeks and we recommend that your Helix piercing should be cleaned at least twice daily with saline solution in the early days.
The forward Helix is this year's must-have. It can be customised with multiple piercings go for a double or even triple Helix piercing to add a fashionable unique twist. The Forward Helix sits lower down towards the front of the outer rim of the ear. The most popular jewellery for this type of piercing are ear studs or curved bars. The Forward Helix can feel a bit more painful than the traditional Helix and can take up to 12 weeks to heal, again we recommend cleaning the piercing twice a day using a sterile saline solution.
The Rook is a creative piercing that sits near the inner ridge of the ear cartilage, just below the Helix piercing. This distinctive piercing is a real stand out for 2021. The Rook piercing goes through a thick layer of cartilage, which is usually more painful than the Helix piercings and takes a little more time to heal possibly up to 6 months. Our most popular choice of jewellery for the Rook is the ball closure ring, although short barbells and circular barbells also look outstanding, again we recommend cleaning the piercing twice a day using a sterile saline solution.
The industrial piercing has often been associated with radical out-there punk styles but these days is seen as a more day to day unique addition to your style. Industrial piercings are made up of two separate ear cartilage piercings joined by a single piece of jewellery. A straight barbell connects the two ear piercings, which are most commonly located in the helix and anti-helix. The industrial piercing is sometimes known by other names, the most popular being the 'construction piercing', or 'scaffold piercing'. The Industrial piercing can take around 2-4 months to heal; we recommend a flexible Bioplast barbell to reduce the stress on your new piercing or in extreme cases a cartilage stud can be used whilst the piercing heals.
The Tragus piercing sits in the part of the ear that adjoins the side of the face that protrudes into the centre of the ear, and partially covers the ear canal. The good news is that your Tragus has very few nerve endings, which means less pain! Your Tragus piercing can take anywhere between 3 and 6 months to heal, and possibly up to a year in some cases. Tragus piercings have become increasingly popular and there is a wide choice of jewellery that you can wear including Labret Studs, Barbells and Ball Closure Rings. If your Tragus piercing won't heal or gets sore we recommend switching to a BioFlex Labret Stud - the soft material can reduce healing times.
A Daith ear piercing is placed in the ear's innermost fold of ear cartilage at the centre of the ear, the piercing is usually performed with a straight hollow needle. If you are looking for a subtle yet unique way to decorate your ear the Daith is for you. As well as looking fabulous it has been reported that this piercing can assist with the cure of migraines by activating a soothing pressure point on the ear; although there is no scientific evidence to support this. It can take up to 3-4 months for a daith piercing to heal, in some cases longer. If you have trouble healing your daith piercing, try Bioplast piercing jewellery or Blackline piercing jewellery, both of which reduce healing times. A daith piercing should not hurt any more than any other piercing. We recommend that you seek out a skilled professional piercer in your area to perform this one.
The inner conch piercing is where a hole is punctured through the middle of the ear to allow the wearing of a stud. The name derives from the 'conch' shell, due to the shape of that area of the ears resemblance to a shell. There are two kinds of conch piercings, the inner and outer conch. The Conch Piercing is going to be a little uncomfortable. However, it is no different from most cartilage procedures, a little more painful than a lobe piercing, but very bearable â€“ you can do it!
The snug piercing, also known as the anti-helix piercing, is a newer piercing type and is one of the hottest trends right now. The snug piercing is located at the top of the anti-tragus, and is inserted through an area which sits between the rim of your ear and the inner cartilage. Sometimes you have to pay for pleasure and the Snug is commonly considered the most painful cartilage piercing. The cartilage in the ear is sensitive to begin with, and the cartilage in the anti-helix area is thick and strong, not everyone's ear is able to accommodate this type of piercing so be sure to check with your piercer before beginning the process. Snug piercing healing can take between 3-6 months due to its location. When it comes to choosing jewellery ball closure rings are a very popular choice for 2021.
An orbital piercing is a combination of two ear piercings connected by one piece of jewellery, usually so a hoop piece of jewellery can pass through both. Whilst the Oribtal piercing can be made in a number of locations, commonly people have this piercing in the helix or the lobe. The good news is that Orbital piercings on the earlobe are less painful than cartilage piercings, healing times are short (around 8-10 weeks) and are better than most piercing healing times.
The lobe piercing tends to be an almost universally accepted body modification, depending on the size of your lobe, there's a lot that you can do with your lobe piercings. The upper lobe piercing sits on the upper part of the earlobe, above the crux where a traditional ear piercing is placed. This piercing is one of the least painful piercings to experience with healing times of around 6 weeks. When it comes to choosing your jewellery studs are amongst the most popular choices, studs can be easily worn without catching on clothing and are good for all day to day activities including sports activities.
The Auricle piercing is an elegant and eye-catching ear piercing located on the back outer edge of the ear cartilage, mid-way up the ear, between the ear lobe and Helix piercing. The Auricle is a versatile piercing which can be styled with many varieties of earrings to create a unique appearance. This ear piercing goes particularly well with a Helix piercing, when styled with matching earrings these piercings work together wonderfully. The Auricle piercing sits on a thicker part of the ear so tends to be more painful than other ear piercings, such as a standard ear lobe piercing. However, it is likely to be no less painful than a Helix piercing. An Auricle piercing requires regular cleaning with sterile saline solution at least twice a day and takes around 12 weeks to fully heal.
The Pinna piercing is a chic and stylish ear piercing often modelled by celebs and trendsetters. The Pinna is located on the top outer edge of the ear cartilage. The Pinna piercing is not dissimilar to an auricle piercing; however, it is positioned slightly higher up the ear. The Pinna ear piercing is often fashioned with circular barbells, straight barbells and labrets. The healing process for a Pinna piercing takes around 8-16 weeks and should be cleaned at least twice a day with sterile saline solution to prevent infection.
A Stretched piercing is an edgy piercing which is quickly growing in popularity. Stretched piercings, often referred to as gauges, involve the process of increasing the piercing gauge size to slowly expand the hole over time. Stretching the ear lobes properly takes time. In order to stretch the ear lobe safely it needs time to relax and fully heal in-between stretches. Caring for a newly stretched ear piercing is very similar to that of a new ear piercing, the area must be cleaned with sterile saline solution twice daily to avoid infection and aid healing.
Scaffold piercing, which in the past has been one of the more extravagant piercing types, can really make your fashion style unique. A single bar that can either be straight or curved into many different spirals, links two ear piercings, usually in the helix and anti-helix area of the ear. Before purchasing scaffold piercing, which is also known as â€˜industrialâ€™ or â€˜constructionâ€™ piercing it is highly recommended that you measure the distance between your ear piercings accurately before purchasing one. The scaffold piercing can take up to 2-4 months to heal, thus we highly advise cleaning the area two times a day with a sterile saline solution in order to avoid infection.
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