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Common ear piercings that you need to know

Common ear piercings that you need to know

1. Lobe piercing

Lobe piercing is the most common type of ear piercing. It is a piercing on the earlobe, which is a soft, typically rounded part at the bottom part of your ear. Lobe piercing is the least painful to get and has the quickest healing time. There can 1 or more piercing on earlobe itself.

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2. Transverse lobe piercing

Transverse lobe piercings are a modern statement piercing. Instead of piercing through the lobe front to back, it goes through the lower part of earlobe horizontally using a barbell earring and what you can see are the two metal ball ends of the barbell. The angle of the piercing is dependent on the shape, size, and structure of the earlobe. This piercing does not involve cartilage and it should be less painful than other kinds of piercings. However, it often takes longer time to heal and hence, face a higher risk of infection.


3. Tragus piercing

The tragus is the inner piece of cartilage in front of the ear canal and above the earlobe. Tragus piercing is very versatile and looks great with studs. Depending on the size and thickness of your tragus, it can be quite painful to get, but if you have dealt with the aftercare successfully, that will be worth it.


4. Anti-tragus piercing

Anti-tragus piercing is a type of cartilage piercing, sits at the little bit of cartilage above earlobe & opposite tragus. Depending on your pain tolerance, it can be a little more painful during the process and takes a longer time to heal.


5. Snug piercing

Snug piercing is one of the most unique & distinctive piercing you can get, and it sits at the inner cartilage of the ear halfway through the vertical section. You are most likely be using miniature earrings because of where it is situated.


6. Helix piercing

Helix piercing sits at the outer cartilage rim of the upper part of the ear. When it comes to pain scale, this kind of piercing ranks kind off low as it is done by a small needle. You can adorn this piercing with studs, barbells, bead ring or any earring that works for you.


7. Forward helix piercing

As its name suggests, a forward helix piercing goes a bit forward than helix piercing. It sits closer to the end of the root of helix and just above tragus. This type of piercing tends to be decorated with stud earrings, but you can work with other delicate pieces of earrings as well.


8. Industrial piercing

An industrial piercing consists of two piercings through the upper ear cartilage. Typically, one end is placed in the forward helix while the other is on the helix/back of the ear. Sometimes it is placed vertically from the earlobe up to the helix. It is usually adorned with a single barbell earring; you can also opt for two smaller barbell/huggie earrings connected by a delicate chain for a softer look. It is rather painful to get this piercing, but it is eye-catching and unique!


9. Daith piercing

A daith piercing is placed at the innermost area of the cartilage running through the ear. Make sure you do your research before getting this piercing done, knowing what you are looking for and how it should feel like. Depending on your pain tolerance, some people felt sharp pain in their head & jaw while others felt normal. You can rock this piercing with studs, huggies, hoops or any other delicate jewelry that works for you.


10. Rook piercing

Rook piercing is a highly technical piercing which sits vertically at the inner ridge of the ear cartilage. It is advised to have this piercing done by a professional and experienced piercer as it is prone to inflammation/infection if done incorrectly. You can adorn this piercing with hoop or barbell earring. 


11. Conch piercing

Conch piercing comes in the variety of inner or outer. Both sit at the centre part of the ear; inner conch is done when a piercing is punctured to make way for a stud while outer conch allows a ring to go around the edge of the ear’s cartilage. Conch piercings certainly make an eye-catching look, and you can rock this piercing with studs and bead rings.


12. Orbital piercing

An orbital piercing is done when two piercings are made in the same part of the ear, connected by one piece of earring. This type of piercing is commonly made in the helix or the lobe.


13. Auricle piercing

Auricle piercing sits at the outer cartilage of your ear, between earlobe and helix. As it is a cartilage piercing, it can be more painful than lobe piercing and expect a longer healing time. Depending on your ear structure, this area is generally large enough to accommodate multiple piercings for you to up your earring game.


Getting multiple ear piercings can be really beautiful and fun. However, it is advisable to do some research about the risks and the healing time for that particular piercing you have in mind, to make sure you understand it and it is what you really want. It is also important to make sure that you get your ears pierced by a professional piercer to minimise the risk of infection.

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