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Circular barbells are designed in the shape of a horseshoe and can be used for a range of piercings including smiley, cartilage ear piercings, and lip piercings. Find out more about circular barbells, below.
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Circular Barbells

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Picking Out Circular Barbells
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It is important to choose the right size and material for your piercing jewellery as your body may react differently to different materials. Getting the right size of circular barbell is important for the health of your piercing.
  • Size: Circular Barbells are measured by the internal diameter of the circle (in the same way as other ring jewellery such as BCRs is measured) and gauge. The first number is the gauge (displayed in mm) and the second is the diameter e.g. 1.2 x 10mm. 
  • Material: Choosing a high quality material such as titanium will provide you with a hypoallergenic material that is perfect for everyday use. Surgical steel is also a good choice for healed piercings as it is durable.

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Inserting/Removing Circular Barbells
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Before handling your piercing, always make sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap. 

Changing a circular barbell is a simple process that can be done at home but if you would like help, especially the first time, then it is best to visit a piercer.

It is important to be patient and not attempt to change your piercing jewellery before the wound is fully healed as this can cause complications. However, once it has healed you can start exploring your options. Some piercings will initially use other types of jewellery but can be changed to a circular barbell once healed.

To remove your circular barbell, simply unscrew the ball on the end of the bar. You will then be able to remove the bar from your piercing and replace it with a new one. Gently move the ring through your piercing until you reach the end of the bar. If you find it hard to remove the ball then jewellery pliers can help.

When inserting your new circular barbell make sure to push the bar gently through the piercing hole and keep going until it is in a suitable position. Always make sure to screw the ball tightly on the end.

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Where can you use circular barbells?
Circular barbells are an incredibly versatile type of piercing jewellery that can be used in many different types of piercing. They are similar to ring jewellery such as a BCR but the hoop is not complete. This is why circular barbells are sometimes called horseshoe piercings. You can wear a circular barbell in:
  • Anti Tragus
  • Auricle
  • Conch
  • Daith
  • Lobe
  • Helix
  • Orbital
  • Pinna
  • Rook
  • Snug
  • Triple Helix
  • Tragus
  • Eyebrow
  • Canine Bites
  • Cyber Bites
  • Labret
  • Medusa
  • Shark Bites
  • Snake Bites
  • Spider Bites
  • Viper Bites
  • Smiley
  • Nostril
  • Septum
  • Navel
  • Nipple
  • Female Genital
  • Male Genital

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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.