Barbells are available in a range of varieties including curved, straight, and circular. They feature an add-on to each end of the bar. Find out more about barbells, below.
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Picking Out Barbells
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 straight barbell is important for the health of your piercing. For some types of piercing your piercer may recommend using a longer barbell during initial healing to allow for swelling. 
  • Size: Straight Barbells are measured by the length of the bar and gauge. The first number is the gauge (displayed in mm) and the second is the length 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.
Inserting/Removing Barbells
Before handling your piercing, always make sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap. 

Changing a 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. They may request that you come in after a few weeks of healing your piercing to have your barbell changed to a shorter bar once the swelling has reduced.

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.

To remove your 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. If you find it hard to remove the ball then jewellery pliers can help.

When inserting your new barbell make sure to push it gently through the piercing hole and always make sure to screw the ball tightly on the end.

Where can you use barbells?
Barbells are an incredibly versatile type of piercing jewellery that can be used in many different types of piercing. You can wear a straight barbell in:
  • Conch
  • Helix
  • Industrial
  • Pinna
  • Spiral
  • Tragus
  • Venom
  • Web
  • Nostril
  • Septum
  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Nipple
  • Female Genital
  • Male Genital
Other Guides & Ranges
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.