Helix Piercing

Location:Ear Rim
Jewellery:Rings, Barbells, BCRs & Labrets
Healing:6 - 8 Months
Fancy getting a new and attractive ear piercing? The helix piercing is a popular choice and is great for adorning with pretty studs and rings. Read on for the full lowdown on helix piercings
Above: Helix piercing with a coloured titanium BCR

Helix Piercing 101

A perforation of the upper ear cartilage, a helix piercing is one of the most popular types of ear piercing after the traditional lobe piercing.

Helix piercings have increased in popularity thanks to celebrities like Scarlet Johansson and Kylie Jenner displaying pretty jewellery in this area of the upper ear. A double helix is when two piercings, one under the other, are done in this area. 

If two helix piercings are linked with one barbell, this is called an industrial or scaffold piercing because of the nature of construction and linking of the two piercings by one piece of jewellery.


The helix piercing is usually done with a sterilised, small, hollow needle and jewellery is traditionally a captive bead ring or stud.

Just like most cartilage piercings, the area is clamped and pinched so that the needle can pass through easily. Your piercer will secure the jewellery in place straight after the piercing has been done. 


The helix doesn't have any nerve endings so the level of pain is usually lower than many other types of ear piercings. However, as with all types of piercings, pain levels vary depending on the individual. This type of piercing is also usually very quick so it should be over before you have a chance to think about the pain!


Helix piercings take between 6 - 8 months to heal providing aftercare instructions are followed. 

You will find it uncomfortable to sleep on at first so avoid sleeping on the side where your helix piercing is done. However, this pain and discomfort should disappear after 2 - 4 months. 

Ice can be applied to the pierced area to ease soreness and swelling and sea salt solutions should be used to clean the area regularly to help avoid infection. 


18 gauge jewellery is usually preferable due to there being more chance of migration with smaller gauges. Your piercer will be able to offer you advice on which jewellery style is best for you.

You can give your helix piercing some alternative style with our great quality jewellery and make your ear piercing stand out with a stud, barbell or ball closure ring, available in many different colours and styles. Explore our awesome range of helix piercing jewellery to see what styles you could choose for this fashionable piercing! 

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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