The ear is the most commonly pierced part of the body, and it’s no wonder. Sitting prominently on either side of your head, the ears are an easy body part to show off. The curves and edges give you a lot to play with. Prefer a classic, conservative look? Or do you want something a little more daring? Whatever your style, there’s an ear piercing for you.
But there are so many different ear piercing options, it can be difficult to know what to choose. Whether you’re getting your first ever piercing or you are a seasoned professional looking for inspiration, this post has you covered. Here is a quick and easy guide to some of the different ear piercings available.
The lobe is most people’s first-ever piercing. Most girls have this done when they’re ten years old! But if your ears are still unadorned, there is a reason it’s the most popular style of piercing. It’s a classic look that can be accessorized with pretty much any type of earring you want. A good option for beginners as it causes little pain, heals quickly, and won’t raise any eyebrows.
Moving away from the lobes now, and thinking a bit more outside the box. The tragus is a small flap of cartilage sitting over the ear canal. It’s a piercing option well-suited to studs and hoops, and shows a little more character than a standard lobe piercing. As an added bonus, some people claim that a tragus piercing works as a migraine relief, although this is unconfirmed!
Another popular choice is the helix piercing. The helix is located in the upper cartilage of your ear, and there are lots of different ways you can do it. Opt for a single helix piercing or go all out with a double or even triple helix. With the whole upper ear to play with, you have a lot of flexibility. Word of warning: a helix piercing can be slightly more painful as it is made through the cartilage in your ear.
Why settle on just one piercing when you could have a whole constellation on your ear? A constellation piercing by definition is simply a group of three or more piercings on the ear, but it is usually designed to mimic a constellation of stars. An attractive option with a huge capacity for customization. Learn more here.
One of the more hardcore styles, the industrial piercing is really two piercings in one. It combines outer and forward helix piercings, in the form of a bar passing through the two holes. There are lots of barbell styles to choose from. Just be aware that not all ears are the right shape for an industrial piercing. Talk to your piercer to ensure you have the right ear type.
For a full visual guide to the different ear piercing options, take a look at the picture below.
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There’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the perfect ear piercing for you. This list is just a select few of the many, many options out there. There is no right or wrong answer. The piercing you settle on should depend on your personal preferences.