Rim of the ear
Pierced With: Labret. Once Healed: BCR, Circular Barbell, Segment Ring, Cylinder Closure Ring, Straight Barbell, Labret, Curved Barbell
6-8 Months
Age Limit:
16 with ID / 13 with Parents
£35.00 - £40.00
Pain Rating:
The helix piercing is placed on the edge of the cartilage towards the rim of the ear, usually near the top of the ear. It is one of the most popular ear piercings, after lobes. Find our helix piercing advice and jewellery tips by clicking below.
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Helix Piercing Jewellery

Helix Piercing Procedure

Looking to get a helix 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.

Please ensure that you have checked the helix piercing age restriction before coming to store. It can help to avoid any undue disappointment. In a Blue Banana studio, the helix piercing age restriction is 16 (ID may be required) or 13 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 helix piercing location. There are several locations to choose from as the helix can be placed almost anywhere along the outer rim of the cartilage.

The helix piercing typically involves a sterilised gauge needle which your piercer will pass through the cartilage, inserting the jewellery in the process. For the helix piercing, the piercing may ask you to lie down to ensure you head stays still while the piercing is performed. Sometimes you will be asked to wear some form of earplug, to prevent any small objects from accidentally entering your ear canal.  The piercing site is cleaned thoroughly and marked with a pen first so you can check that you are happy with the location.

Helix Piercing Aftercare Advice

A helix piercing can take 6-8 months to fully heal due to the piercing passing through the cartilage of the ear. The healing time varies from person to person and will need top aftercare to ensure speedy 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. For example, make sure not to sleep on the side with the new piercing and don’t touch the piercing unless absolutely necessary. The location of the helix piercing means it can be prone to getting knocked more than other ear piercing locations. Other steps that can be taken to aid with healing include tying back long hair, not wearing earphones or other ear coverings, and avoiding contact with any kind of cosmetics including moisturiser and hair products.

Like any piercing, it is important to maintain top hygiene when caring for your helix piercing. Sticking to your aftercare routine for your helix piercing will help limit potential infections and ensure your piercing gets the best chance at healing quickly. Gently clean your helix piercing twice a day with salt water solution or Tea Tree Oil by gently bathing it using cotton wool.

While it is important to ensure your general ear hygiene is first rate, it is also advisable to avoid using soap on your new piercing so be sure to take extra care while washing your ears and removing ear wax.

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 Helix Piercing Jewellery

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

  • Helix Piercing Earrings
  • Helix Piercing Stud
  • Helix Piercing Hoop

We tend to recommend choosing piercing jewellery such as a labret or barbell for the first year of having your helix piercing as this is much less likely to become caught or get knocked against anything, therefore helping your piercing to heal. Once your piercing is fully healed there are plenty of ring and hoop options to try out, which circle around the rim of the ear. This is one of the most popular jewellery choices for helix piercings. It is vital for the healing process that you remain patient and don’t change your jewellery until your piercer has advised you to do so.

With so many different types of jewellery available for your helix piercing it is easy to customise your look. From the cool arch of the curved barbell to a classic labret or a seamless ring – it’s all available at Blue Banana. When choosing your piercing jewellery there are a few things you should consider:

  • Jewellery Size – everyone’s ears are different sizes, so make sure to pick helix jewellery that sits just right in your ear.  If you pick a hoop with a diameter or gauge that is too small it may not fit around the outer rim of your ear. At the same time, you don’t want your jewellery to be too large as it may increase the chance of it catching.
  • 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 may be 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. Alternatively, it is advised that during sport you wear a retainer or some form of flexible bar jewellery to make sure your piercing won’t cause problems if knocked or caught. 

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 Diameter/Length, e.g. 1.2mm x 8mm.

  • Gauge – this is the thickness of the jewellery itself.
  • Diameter – the width across the widest point of the jewellery for hoops and rings.
  • Length – the length of the piercing bar, usually not including the ball.

We generally recommend that for new piercings you choose jewellery with a wider diameter or length. 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.