Types of ear piercings
Jul 2022



Types of ear piercings


 Types of ear piercings


There is a vast variety of ear piercings available, and sometimes it becomes somewhat difficult to decide on one. Each type of piercing has a different caliber of pain and recovery times.  The aftercare process also varies with the specific spot on the ear. It is necessary that you are aware of all the aspects of the different types of piercings before you get one.

One of the main reasons for the popularity of this trend is that there are so many ways you can go about this. Your ear can be your canvas displaying the various types of piercings to show your inner self to the world.

Here is a guide to the most followed trends of ear piercings and what follows once you get them done.

1.     The Helix piercing

These piercings are placed along the upper ear and are cartilage piercings. This piercing is not a painful one; all you may feel is a slight prick of the gauge needle used to perform it. There are no nerve endings in the helix area which makes it ideal for anyone new to piercings. You can choose from a variety of jewelry to adorn this piercing. From studs to bead rings or barbells any think can work for this look.

2.     The forward Helix

That is also a cartilage piercing placed along the upper ear but lower than the original helix piercing. It is set closer to the end of the root of the helix. For the most part, this piercing is adorned with studs. But of course, you can work with other delicate pieces of jewelry too.

3.     Industrial

This is one of the fancier types of piercings. The industrial piercing is composed of two piercings that carry a single piece of jewelry. One of these piercings is placed in the forward helix while the other is on the back of the ear. Usually, this piercing is adorned with a single barbell but you can experiment with other designs with the advice of your piercer.

4.     The snug piercing

This is one of the most noticeable piercings ever. It is printed in the inner cartilage of the ear halfway through the vertical section. This piercing is usually adorned with tiny studs or miniature earrings. You have to go the micro jewelry route because of the inner part of the piercing.

5.     Rook Piercing

Probably one of the most intimidating piercings, this is also quite distinguishable. This resembles the snug piercing carefully, but it is placed more vertically above the tragus. It is placed on the ridge which separates the front and inner portion of the conch. You can use a curved barbell and stunning bead rings.

6.     The conch piercing

This is certainly an eye-catching look. The pain is relatively lesser than what you would expect. There are two categories of this type the inner and the outer one. You can add a stunning bead ring to adorn this area. The name of this piercing comes from its resemblance to the conch shells found in the ocean.

7.     Orbital

This piercing is also connected by one piece of jewelry for any two piercings. But, this is not specifically for the ear, it can be any two piercings connected by a single piece of jewelry. These are common for the helix and antihelix areas.

8.     Tragus

It is placed directly in front of the ear canal. This can be quite challenging to achieve if the tragus of your ear is thicker. But once you have dealt successfully with the aftercare, this is worth it. It is one of the most versatile piercings, and you can flaunt various styles of jewelry.

9.     Anti-tragus

These are regular lobe piercings. It is quite similar to tragus piercings despite being named anti-tragus.

10.    Lobe piercings

Well most of us are familiar with this piercing and don’t even remember the pain or wound of this particular piercing. It is usually performed at an early age under your parent’s supervision, and you can whine all about the pain – as much as you want, even when it isn’t as much as you imagined. However, grownups can surely experiment with this type of piercing and get a new one. It is painless, and the tiny wound heals pretty quickly.


11.   Transverse lobe

This is the lobe piercing with a contemporary twist. If you are looking to make a statement, this is your safest bet. It is placed on the lobe and is adorned with a barbell that goes horizontally under the lower part of the ear and all you can see are the two metal ends of the barbell. This type depends strictly on the shape, structure, and anatomy of your lobe.

12.   The daith piercing

Research is your best friend if you want to get this done. Make sure you know what you are looking forward to and what it should feel like to get a daith piercing done. This is one of the most challenging piercings to have. A lot can go wrong here, and they can go wrong quite quickly, in light of this it is advised you seek the expertise of a professional to get it done the right way.

The daith is placed through the innermost area of the cartilage running through the ear. This is a fold that is hard to get through and getting a clean piercing is very challenging. This also depends on the structure of your ear. But after 3 to 6 months of care, you can rock a variety of jewelry and flaunt one of the most stylish piercings of all time.

13.   The Auricle

These are perfect for delicate or bold rings, whatever your taste may be. This is placed on the outer rim of the cartilage. They are usually a part of a strand of piercings from the lobe up. They can complement any other ear piercing that you might have or look gorgeous on its own. It heals within 3 to 4 months and is quite painless.

14.  Dermal

These piercings are only visible on the surface of the skin at one angle. They are usually located inwards from the tragus.


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