8 Most Popular Types of Ear Piercings

Today ear piercings placements vary. The days when people got piercings in the earlobe only are long gone.

The tradition of getting piercings is actually more ancient than you could possibly imagine. Archeologists found proof that people pierced their years 5000 years ago.
And in primitive tribes people underwent piercings because they were protecting themselves against demons and spirits that could enter their bodies through their ears. It’s the supposition of anthropologists.

Nowadays, piercing is considered to be body art. And both women and men go for it, get multiple piercings and wear various studs and earrings.

Now let’s discover various types of piercings in ears.

Most Trendy Daith Piercing

There is a very small cartilage fold in a person’s ear, and that is where a piercing called daith is situated. This point connects the top outer ridge and the inner ear, right above its canal.

Due to a very small size of this spot, there might be difficulties in piercing it. And if everything is fine, people tend not to alter their jewelry very often. And again, considering that this place is tiny, you cannot go for a piece of jewelry of a large size.

A daith piercing looks really cool. However, if you go for it, keep in mind that it will heal not that soon. Probably in several months. And it is a huge time period when you will have to take care of it every day.

Many people believe that a daith piercing can assist in relieving migraines. No studies prove it but who knows, maybe one day we will explore some more info about it.

Rook Piercing

Here you can see popular rook ear piercings ideas. Where is the rook piercing placed? To be exact, a rook is higher than an anti-helix and tragus.

If you like these pics but wonder how much agony it could bring to you, do not worry. It will just pinch a bit. Even if your pain tolerance is low, it won’t make you cry. It will just be not that pleasing.

Still, not much pain does not mean that you can pierce that spot by yourself. When it comes to needles, always go pro. An ear is a part of your body, so it is better to treat it with respect.

As for the aftercare, the rook piercing requires the standard procedures, nothing special. Clean the hole regularly with special solution bought in the drugstore. Always do it with clean hands. Do not remove the jewelry till the ear heals.

This type of piercing appears lovely with bead rings or curved barbells.

Bold Industrial Piercing

Industrial ear piercings are situated on an ear. And typically this type of piercing involves not just one hole. Instead, there are two holes that go through an ear cartilage. And there is one barbell that links these two holes together. A traditional kind of industrial piercing looks as if a tiny chin up bar was installed across the upper part of a person’s ear. But such a placement is not a must. Other placements are common too when we are talking about industrial body piercing. Also, it’s for you to decide if it will run horizontally or vertically.

How much pain will industrial piercing cause? Well, there will be two holes, which means double pain, even if tolerable. However, you shouldn’t be scared. It passes though a cartilage, and this spot does not have many nerve endings. So, the pain will not be super overwhelming.

When it’s done, you will feel some ache for several days. A wet and cold washcloth could help you relieve the pain a bit.

These piercings are commonly connected with one barbell.

Cute Conch Piercing

Conch ear piercings and cartilage piercings are the same because the central cartilage of an ear is pierced. This spot occupies much cartilage. It is called a conch because it resembles the conch shell.

People get their outer conch or inner conch pierced. The lower area is usually named an inner conch, and the higher area is called an outer conch.

What earrings work great for this type of orbital piercing? Well, the conch piercing grants you much freedom in terms of jewelry for it. Many kinds of jewelry will do – hoops, barbells, studs, etc.

However, we would recommend that the first jewelry piece that you choose is not too heavy. Otherwise, it could make the process of healing more time-consuming. But usually professional piercers know what gauge will work best. Just follow your piercer’s advice and everything will turn out fine.

As for the metal of the jewelry piece, choose the one that will not cause any allergic reaction. Or it will take more time for the spot to heal.

Lobe And Upper Lobe Piercing

The lobe and upper lobe piercings are probably the best you can get because of the fast and uncomplicated healing process. Maybe that is why this type of piercing is the most popular in the world. Many people begin with this kind of piercing before getting something less common and more intricate.

Talking of healing, how to know if your piercing is healing correctly? Usually earlobes heal within 4-6 weeks after piercing.

The process of healing consists of several phases. During phase 1, the wound is open and inflamed. Swelling and bleeding is normal. It lasts for about a week. During stage 2, the wound gets strengthened and contracted. This may take from several weeks to several months (depending on the type of piercing). The tissue is still tender and vulnerable and can get torn.

Then the final phase begins – scarring. That’s when no bleeding or swelling will be normal. It’s a brief description and it will all depend on a person’s unique response.

Multiple Piercings

When everything is healed, you still need to take care of ear lobes or other pierced parts. First of all, remember that earrings must be left in till the wounds heal completely. So, don’t take the earrings off for about a month, maybe a bit more. Otherwise, you may have to get your ears re-pierced.

Always keep your ears clean because germs may cause infection. The wound must be cleaned with a special antibiotic ointment or cleaning solution for 2 times every day. And of course, this must be done with clean hands. When the ointment or solution is applied, the earring must be rotated very gently for the wound to soak in the anti-germ help.

When the wounds heal, it’s advisable to remove the earrings before going to sleep. Let your ears rest. Also, all new earrings must be cleaned with rubbing alcohol.

Helix (Cartilage) Piercings

Tragus Piercings