Eyebrow Bars

Jewellery:Curved Barbells & Rings
Healing:6 - 8 Weeks
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If you're interested in having your eyebrow pierced, there are few better jewellery choices than an eyebrow bar. Barbells act as a natural fit for eyebrows.
Above: Vertical eyebrow piercing with barbell.

Eyebrow Bars 101

Eyebrow piercings first appeared in the 1970s as part of the punk movement, and their popularity has been rising ever since! They have a unique look that many find appealing, and despite the eyebrow only really being suited to barbells, there is still a lot of variety in terms of the styles you can achieve!

The Perfect Eyebrow Piercing For You!

As we said, there's a lot variety when it comes to eyebrow bar piercings. Which eyebrow do you want your barbell on? What part of the eyebrow do you want it on? Would you like it vertically or horizontally? There are a lot of questions you need to consider in terms of how you want your eyebrow piercing to look, so you need to make sure you think it over properly. You need to make sure that the piercing you go for looks as great as it possibly can!

While vertical eyebrow piercings are the most popular kind, you can also get a horizontal bar piercing just below or above the eyebrow. Additionally, there are also anti-eyebrow piercings which go under the eye instead of over it. If you're after a really unique look, this type of piercing might be worth considering.

You also need to make sure you pick the perfect bar for your look. While you can change it as much as you like after the initial healing period, it's worth considering that you'll be stuck with your initial piercing choice for up to six weeks! Getting a piercing isn't a light decision, and so choosing how you want your piercing to look shouldn't be too!


Like with most piercings, the initial incision is made with a hollow needle. The location which it is passed through can vary, though most of the time it will be the fleshy part of the eyebrow. After this the jewellery is passed through.

It is important that you have your eyebrow piercing performed by a trained professional due to the amount of nerves and blood vessels in the face. If a mistake is made, it could cause unnecessary pain and discomfort.


The sensation of having your eyebrow pierced has been related to having an eyebrow plucked. Most people would rank an eyebrow piercing as being about a 4/10, making it one of the less painful piercings. It's worth bearing in mind that everyone experiences pain differently, so this 'pain rating' is purely anecdotal. 

Some throbbing, swelling and bleeding is to be expected following an eyebrow bar piercing, though if you experience any abnormal levels of pain or discomfort, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. 


This piercing typically takes around 8 weeks to heal externally (to the stage where you can change the jewellery) and three months to heal internally. It's important to maintain good standards of hygiene and a stringent aftercare routine to avoid infection. Cleaning the piercing twice a day using a salt water solution and cotton balls or swabs will help to keep the area clean and free from fluid build up.

When caring for your eyebrow bar piercing, ensure that you:
  • Be extremely careful when plucking hairs around the pierced area.
  • Protect the piercing from exposure to perfumes, hair products, makeup or skincare products.
  • Avoid hats, hairstyles or accessories that will cause friction or apply pressure on the piercing.
  • Be sure to cover up your piercing appropriately when having your hair cut.
Like any face piercing, an eyebrow piercing will regularly be exposed to situations that may irritate it. As a result it's important to take extra care with it.


Typically, 1.2mm/16 gauge jewellery is used in the piercing process, though smaller or larger jewellery can be worn once the piercing has fully healed. If you plan to wear jewellery of a larger gauge, we recommend discussing this prior to getting the piercing, or paying a visit to your piercer (Once you've fully healed) to ensure your piercing can accommodate some stretching and that your anatomy is suitable prior to changing your jewellery. 

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.

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