Various – most commonly back or side of the neck
Curved Barbell, Staple Bar, Microdermal
8 - 10 Weeks
Age Limit:
18 with ID / 16 with Parents
£40.00 - £85.00
Pain Rating:
Neck piercings are surface piercings most commonly placed on the back (nape) or side of the neck (vampire bite). Find our neck piercing advice and jewellery tips by clicking below.
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Neck Surface Piercing Jewellery

Piercing Procedure

Ready to get a neck piercing? Use our store locator to find your local Blue Banana Studio. There’s no need to book an appointment; you can simply go to the store of your choice and be pierced on the day.

Make sure to check the neck piercing age restriction before coming to store. It can help to avoid any undue disappointment. In a Blue Banana studio, the neck piercing age restriction is 18 (ID may be required) or 16 with parental consent from a parent or guardian who is present.

Once you’re all booked in, you will have some forms to fill out. A member of Blue Banana staff will go through the steps and can help you pick out jewellery. Then you can meet the piercer! They too will give you a quick consultation and briefing before discussing the neck piercing location.

The neck piercing procedure will vary depending on the type of piercing jewellery you have chosen. If you are having a microdermal neck piercing then the piercer will make a small hole in the skin using a needle or dermal punch and insert a dermal anchor using forceps. The piercer will clamp the area of skin when you are having a microdermal piercing. 

If you are having a nape piercing with a barbell your piercer will ask you to lean forward and push your shoulder blades together so that they can clamp the skin at the base of your neck. Then the piercer will pass a sterilised needle between the clamps and insert the piercing jewellery. 

Aftercare Advice

A neck or nape piercing can take 8 - 10 weeks to fully heal. The healing time varies from person to person and will need top aftercare to ensure successful healing.

During the healing process, it is important to avoid knocking the piercing or putting pressure on the area as this will slow down healing and can even cause unnecessary problems. During healing make sure not to wear necklaces or scarfs that will rub against the piercing. You may find it best to tie up your hair or wear it to the side to avoid it catching on your new piercing. During the initial healing process, it is best not to lie on your back while sleeping.

The location of a nape piercing means that you may want to ask someone to help you to thoroughly clean the piercing as it is difficult to see and reach on your own. Make sure that anyone touching your piercing has washed their hands with antibacterial soap before cleaning your piercing. Gently clean your neck piercing twice a day with salt water solution or Tea Tree Oil by bathing it using cotton wool. 

If you would like further information, make sure to read our full Piercing Aftercare Guides to learn about side effects to look out for.

Choosing Piercing Jewellery

There’s plenty of options when it comes to neck piercing jewellery from Blue Banana. Some popular styles include:

  • Nape Barbell
  • Microdermal Piercing Jewellery
  • Neck Piercing Jewellery

There are a range of colours and designs to choose from in our neck piercing jewellery range. When choosing your piercing jewellery there are a few things you should consider:

  • Jewellery Size – Make sure to find out from your piercer the size your neck piercing jewellery should be.
  • Jewellery Material – piercing materials differ not only through their look but also how they could react to your skin. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to irritation, one of the many Titanium jewellery options is recommended. This material comes in a variety of colours and is durable too!

If you regularly participate in sports, you may want to discuss the best piercings for you with your piercer. You may need to consider the type of clothing you wear and whether the sport you participate in could result in the piercing getting knocked.

When searching for a piece of jewellery make sure you know your measurements.  We display the piercing jewellery measurements as Gauge first (displayed in millimetres) then Length, e.g. 1.2mm x 8mm.

  • Gauge – this is the thickness of the jewellery itself.
  • Length – the length of the piercing bar, usually not including the ball.

We generally recommend that for new piercings you choose longer jewellery. This can allow for extra room in case of any swelling. Make sure to check out the tips from our piercing guides for information about changing and removing piercing jewellery.

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Please Note: Blue Banana piercing information is based on knowledge from our experiences as one of the UK's top piercing studios. All details provided should be read alongside professional advice. Please see our full Piercing Articles Disclaimer, here.