The oldest form of piercing, ear piercings can involve the cartilage throughout the ears or the fleshy lobes to create an exceptional range of body modification, giving many a variety of ways to give their style some attitude. Some kinds of ear piercings, particularly involving the folds of cartilage, can be impossible to do on certain kinds of ears. Likewise, multiple ear lobe piercings and tunnel piercings can be difficult for someone with a smaller ear lobe.
Because of the huge variety in ear piercings, this can affect healing duration, prices and age restrictions. With parental consent, you can have your ears pierced at the age of 5 through Blue Banana, whereas many other piercings can be performed at 13 with parental consent and at 16 with ID. Ear piercings are a popular facial piercing because they are stylish and instantly noticeable when on display but can also be hidden behind long hair, making them perfect for work or at school. Below are some of the most popular ear piercings.
Ear Lobe Piercings
The oldest piercing known to man, mummified bodies around the world have been discovered with pierced ears. Now performed with a needle or a gun, this is the most commonly seen piercing (particularly with women) and is also amongst the least painful. The fleshy lobe of the ear is pierced and will take usually 4-6 weeks to heal, requiring both sides to be cleaned twice a day with a saline solution. People can get multiple ear lobe piercings, as well as vertical piercings that require a barbell and pass through the top and bottom of the lobe.
The most common kind of stretch piercing is the ear lobe. Using a taper, a regular ear lobe piercing can be gently stretched over a long period of time to give the wearer a distinctive effect. Worn with ear plugs or flesh tunnels, this facial piercing has grown tremendously in popularity in recent years but is still an unusual piercing that takes a great deal of work. You should never stretch your lobe too quickly as this will cause strain and if you stretch too far then the lobe will not return to normal if you ever choose to stop (that said, many report their ear lobes healing completely even with a substantial amount of stretching).
An ear piercing that takes place on the outer rim of the ear, making it a cartilage piercing. Cartilage takes longer to heal than flesh and is more subject to irritation, particularly regarding the placement on the ear. A range of body jewellery can be worn with a helix piercing, including labrets and BCR’s. You can have multiple helix piercings and some people thread a single spiral barbell through them to create a spiral piercing.
Growing in popularity, this facial piercing is one of the least painful forms of body modification as it pierces the nub of cartilage that sticks out over the ear canal. This is because that area of the ear has very few nerve endings, though it is still a cartilage piercing and requires a lot of attention and care during the healing process.
An ear piercing that features two holes, usually through the cartilage in the inner curve of the ear. An orbital piercing can technically be performed anywhere, it merely requires two holes to be used for one item of body jewellery such as a BCR or a barbell. It’s advised that these two piercings be performed separately and are not joined by body jewellery until both are healed. An unusual piercing for those who love something different.
Snug/ Daith/ Rook/ Conch Piercings
These facial piercings all involve ear cartilage and take advantage of various folds that occur naturally in the shape of an ear. Because the construction of an ear can vary tremendously from person to person, some people may find any of these piercings difficult or even impossible to achieve. In the case of a conch piercing, the inner ear will just be pierced straight through, creating an attractive cartilage piercing. Possible to be worn with a range of body jewellery, these ear piercings need a lot of attention and will take longer to heal if not left alone.