“ What do you think of ear piercings? How young is too young to get them? What about on men? Tell us what you think. „
Ear lobe piercings are without a doubt the most common type of piercings and it isn't uncommon for parents to take their children to get their ears pierced when they are still toddlers. I personally have twelve ear piercings: three on each lobe (number 9 in the picture), two helix (1), one snug (6), one tragus (5), one rook (3), one conch (7).
Piercing, pain rating, cost of piercing, where I got it, how it has been
Ear lobe- 2/10, £5-£20, a variety of chemists.
The piercings have all been fine, neither of them have been infected/caused any problems. All of my lobe piercings have been done with a gun, which comes with a number of 'horror stories', though it is difficult to find anywhere that will pierce a lobe with a needle for a reasonable price.
Helix- 7/10, £20, Belly Bar- Bromley, East Street
Both piercings have been fine. Had both of them done with a needle- DO NOT HAVE A CARTILAGE PIERCING DONE WITH A GUN.
Snug- 7/10, £30, Belly Bar- Bromley, East Street
Not the most comfortable of piercings, plus it healed very badly (I had a large blister on the back of my ear which I had to have treated at a hospital)
Tragus- 5/10, £30, Belly Bar- Bromley, East Street
Not painful and one of my favourite piercings. Easy to change the jewellery. I did have a white lump about the piercing for a few weeks though.
Rook- 3/10, £30, Belly Bar- Bromley, East Street
My favourite piercing by a mile! Barely hurt and definitely worth the money. I would say that it's very difficult to get the jewellery in and out of the piercing and I had to get my sister to do it for me (with a lot of blood)
Conch- 2/10, £25, A.S.K Tattoos- Camden Market
A practically painless piercing. Healing nicely (:
If anybody has anymore questions regarding any of the piercings please let me know. And for the record, I also used to have a belly button piercing so I can answer questions on that.
Ear piercing is probably the most popular and common piercing in the world in both men and women.
Ear piercing isn't a problem for many people, but however some people do believe that babies having their ear pierced is wrong - I personally believe that this is wrong too, as well as the pain, I think it is best for the child to decide whether he/she wants his ear/s pierced, this can happen as ages such as six or seven. If your child does ask you at this age you can suggest if they are too young or they can have them done.
Overall, ear piercing is something worth getting done, but just beware as problems can be caused, if there is a problem with ear piercing it's best to speak to the piercer.
I wanted my ears pierced when I was about eight, but then my mum said to wait another year. I had them done a year later, I thought it was painful at first cause of a slight shock, but as i had them re-pierced a few years ago it's actually not that painful.
The best place to get them pierced is either at Claire's accessorises or a license body piercing. It will cost you at aprrox ten pounds.
They usually take about six weeks to heal, but some can take longer up to eight weeks - mine took that long to heal. Just make sure you clean them twice a day and turn them (not all the way, just half way) to make sure they don't close up.
We all know earrings look better on girls, but does it look good on guys?
Well here are my opinions. A guy can have one ear pierced but it only looks good if he is either 16+ or in their 20s and can pull it off. But it doesn't look great even with one in the 30s and beyond.
But talking of men wearing earrings 30+ it only looks good if they can pull it off, like in 2008 at each Oscar/Bafta/Golden globe I saw Daniel Day Lewis with earrings in both his ears and they stood out, and he's in his 50s! Mind you he did pull it off quite well but actors like Sean Penn and Tom Hanks couldn't pull off something like that, but my mum said it looked pretty stupid!
Guys don't look great with two earrings, come on guys you're not P Diddy!
It was my choice to have my ears pierced, I wasn't sure what to expect, but it is a very simple process of choosing an earring you like. When I first had my ears pierced they only offered plain gold studs some in different shapes, but as the years went on there is much more of a selection including stud with different colour stones in, and even hoops, this is done with a slightly different process which I have never had done. The earrings used to pieced the ears have a small sharp spike on the end, not like the blunt ends of earrings you wear everyday, this is so that the earring can break through the skin (not a nice thought) The earring is attached to one side of the piercing gun and the back to the other side. The ear lobe is simply placed between the 2 halves and the earring is fired though the ear lobe. Now this is no where near as painful as it sounds. Since having my ears pierced at the age of about 7 I have gone on to have my ears pierced in the lobe area 4 times in each ear in total. I cannot say it is totally painless, it is like your ear has gone into shock to start with and you feel no pain in it at all, that soon wears off and your ear does start to sting!!!! This does not last longer than a few days and within a few weeks the piercings are healed and you can begin to change the earrings. The most important thing is to keep the holes clean especially within the first few weeks!!!! I personally had a few problem with my first 2 lots of ear piercings healing, however this was due to me being an undiagnosed diabetic, if you suffer no medical problems the healing process should be reasonably quick.
When I was in my teens I also had the top part of my ear pierced, unfortunately I was not allowed to wear an earring here for work, I tried removing it just for work (before it had healed properly) and then putting it back in afterwards but it was constantly sore, probably slightly infected and never did heal. After a few weeks I gave up on it and let the hole closed up. I gave this area another go a few years later after getting a new job but this time in the other ear. Again I had problems with it healing, although it was better than the first time round I would periodically get an infection in it and it was often sore to lay on. In the end I gave up with it again but only after putting up with it for a couple of years or so. I have come to the conclusion that this part of my ear just cannot cope with being pierced.
I have to admit I have liked getting my ears pierced (and my belly button which I wanted to get done for years and finally did at the age of 17) and I do like to see ears pierced more than once but I do think some areas of the ear just should be left alone, however it is up to the individual that is just my preference. But anyone who is thinking of getting their ears pierced go for it!!!!! Its not as painful as you think!!!!!
I have always liked ear piercings to a certain extent.
I cant stand it when people have more metal than skin anywhere on their body although i would much rather it be on their ears than anywhere else.
I've had my lobes pierced since i was small but hardly ever wear earrings simply because i am too lazy. When i was about eight i had a second hole pierced on my left lobe but that got slightly infected to i had to leave it close.
For my birthday this year i treated myself to scaffolding or industrial piercing which involves two holes in the upper ear. Naturally my mother was disgusted and although its still taking its time to heal i would not go back.
I dont think its right when you see toddlers screaming in chemists because their parents have forced them to get their tiny lobes pierced. Yes it can look pretty but shouldnt it be your childs decision?
I also think really earrings are a lot easier and comfier to wear than clip ons which can make your ears feel sore after a while.
I like simple piercings so when a female has on a nice pair of earrings it can be really attractive. I'm not that fond of men who wear earrings especially now an earring can show a guys sexual orientation.
Overall i think ear piercings are nice and even though the initial thought of a needle or a gun piercing fleshy skin they can make a nice, positive difference.
Argh the pain... I got mine done at the age of 17 for a bet, much to my mother's disgust I may add. At the time I was on a training scheme in a local garage and one of the lads bet me to get it done. We agreed that night we'd both go and have our ears pierced, though at separate places as we lived opposite sides of town.
I couldn't drive at the time, so good old dad took me to the local hair dressers on the way home. Not knowing if my mate would hold his end of the bargain, I decided what the heck, it was something different. Entering the shop I slowly approached the desk. Asked for plain old stud to be popped in, left ear of course, well from where I came from it had to be the left ear. Then sat in the chair, the girl approached with a gun explaining how she was going to shoot this stud through my ear. It was at that point I thought that if I was going to get it done, I might as well have two in the one ear....
Ready... Aim... Fire.... Fire. Two short sharp shots and I had two studs in the one ear.... Felt no pain what so ever until....
General advice from the girl, twist the studs in my ear a couple of times daily until the skin heals and wipe daily with alcohol wipe to keep infection at bay. Boy, that first twist was oh so painful.....(Or am I being a typical bloke?) But we got there in the end... I even still have them pierced today. The scary thing was my mate had done exactly the same, two studs left ear, very spooky as we did not discuss anything other than having our ear pierced with one stud.
So, what do I think about ear piercing? Well I certainly wouldn't prevent my kids from getting their ears done. Though I certainly don't believe it should be my decision, something like piercing is a personal choice so I would never pierce my children's ears at a very young age. My daughter did toy with the idea last year but bottled it. Am sure one day she will be brave enough, but that is purely her decision.
My personal view is parents should not pierce children's ears at a very early age, say 2 years old, even younger in some cases I have known. I think they should wait at least until they are 10 years old, this seems to be the age these days when kids are realising their own identities and wanting to express themselves, very scary. I also tend to think that you can put too many earrings in, when people have four or five earrings in the one ear that does not appeal to me, however as mentioned it is the persons unique decision and choice as to how they dress themselves in jewellery.
Ears which are pierced, especially the ladies can look very elegant if wearing the right earrings. Again, my personal like (on women) is for small elegant type earrings as oppose to very big loopy style ones which dangle down to your shoulders. On men studs or small rings don't look out of place. In this day and age, where piercing has expanded to all places around the body, piercing of the ears seems tame to what it was when I first had mine done.
As I get older, I do sometimes wonder whether I should remove my earrings, though most of the time I forget they are there until someone mentions them to me. One day, maybe one day I'll grow out of them, but for now they are very much apart of me. Maybe something to do with the super glue the girl used at the hairdressers lol.....
As was the case with lots of little girls, when I was about 10, I decided I wanted my ears pierced! My mum took me to a jewellers in town, and I remember being terrified of the gun but I got it done anyway, and was happy that I got to choose my own little heart shaped studs. It was quite painful for a few days, even when the winnd blew, it would hurt - and it stayed that way because my earholes then got infected and I had to get the earrings taken out and my piercing then sealed up :( However, I got them pierced again a few months later and this time, everything worked out.
I'm now 24 and don't wear earrings very often - only to parties, weddings etc and then I have to spend a while forcing an earring through. I should probably wear some studs once in a while to make this easier. I've always wanted another 1 or 2 piercings on each earlobe because I think it's a really nice look but have been too chicken to get this done so far!
I do love having the choice of wearing earrings and if anyone wanted to get their ears pierced, I would recommend it - there are usually lots of reputable shops/ jewellers in city centres who will do this for you - I would recommendd going with a friend who wants to get it done at the same time so you can be in pain together afterwards!
I love ear piercings cause they give you such a choice! First things first about the age...I don't think there's any age that you shouldn't be able to get your ears pierced.
I got mine done when I was 10 I think, though some people think its wrong for babies to get there ears done because its the parents choice, but I want my child's done because they'll then have the choice later whether they want them in or not and they most likely will. If they're anything like me they're gunna be scared to get they're ears done so why not have them done when they're younger like 2 or something?
Myself personally don't like piercing on men unless they're like flesh holes because I know so many that are chavs so that's all I think of!
I got my first ear holes done when I was ten by my mums friends who did them professionally. I always remember she kept saying this is only a practise and starting counting but I was sooo scared I kept pulling away! Till finally just as she started saying this is a practise she did it...I of course screamed my head of...and didn't get the other hole done! I had 1 ear done for about 4 years I think and I then pierced the other one myself with a long needle and some ice! After that I loved wearing earrings and always did.
Some months after I decided to add a second hole to each ear...few months after this came a third...and then ye you guessed it..a forth. I always wore very small hoops with 3 different coloured studs going up my ear, but found it annoying because I had to take them out every night as the backs stabbed into the bit behind my ear! Eventually I have stopped wearing so many as I think this was just a phase...plus I've lost most of my studs now anyway lol.
Although all of my ear holes are still open I think id only go as far to wear 3 holes in just because its too much bother!
I got my first ear piercings when I was 13 for my birthday. My mum came with me to a hair dressing salon, signed the consent form (which you need if your under 16) and the process was started.
First you choose your earrings that will go in the gun, I chose some gold ones as you were only allowed to wear gold studs in your ears to school.
They then mark on your ears to make sure its level, then show you. Mine looked fine so then they pressed the button on the gun and the earring went through. It burnt a bit but wasnt really painful, more of a shock as I had no idea what it would feel like.
Those ones healed in about a month with use of a cleaning solution that we bought there, and twisting the earrings so they dont get stuck.
I got my second lot of piercings at age 15. I dressed up to look 16 and managed to get them done. It was very nerve racking whilst waiting for the piercer to decide if I looked 16.
Those were again done with a gun, as they were still on the soft part of my ear, the lobe. They didnt hurt, and again healed in a month. I chose smaller studs this time so they wouldnt rub against my other piercing.
My third piercings were done in the same place as my 2nd ones, a registered piercing studio in Winchester. I was 17 and they were done with a gun, as were still in my lobe. She did tell me that if I went higher they would have to be done with a needle. These ones took a bit longer to heal, and were a bit more painful.
Finally in Leeds I got my 4th piercings. These were the worst, as I stupidly chose a ring instead of studs to be put in my ears after the needle pierced them.
It hurt a lot, as it was going through cartilage. I nearly fainted and was in the salon a long time before they would let me leave. I felt faint for 2 days afterwards. The piercings never healed, and I was left with large lumps next to the jewellery. I think my ears just rejected them.
After 6 months of pain my dad took them out with pliers. The holes and lumps have healed now, but there is too much scarring to try and get them done again, so thats me finished with ear piercings now.
I think the 3 that I have look good, and have healed well. From my experience I would not get anything through cartilage done. My friends have had their tragus's pierced, and have had problems with them healing as well.
Make sure you go to a piercer with a good reputation. Theres no qualifications for ear piercing, anyone can do it. Thats why clares accessories offer it!
As long as the equipment is all sterile, particularly the earrings as they are the bit that goes through your ear, not the gun.
The piercer should check your over 16 and if your not you have to have someone over 16 with you to sign the form.
They should tell you how to look after your piercings, and that if you need more advice on aftercare you should come back.
Most women now have their ears pierced, some more than once. You can get your ear pierced on almost any part of your ear, and its getting more and more fasionable for women to get it pierced in other places apart from the ear lobe itself.
Few men have their ears pierced now, and I really don't like it on men. It was the fasion at some point for a man to have just one ear pierced, but then that did die down a bit. Its now becoming slightly more fasionable for men to have both ears pierced, although I think it looks silly.
Also kids are getting theirs done younger and younger, some before they can even walk. Again I think thats a bit too young, I got mine done when I was 7 which is an ok age I think.
I think a few ear piercings on girls can look really nice if its done in the right place, but it has to be right! or it can look a bit tacky, especially if theres too many!
The earlobe piercing is the most common piercing. Infact 90% of women have pierced earlobes and overtime it's become more and more popular in men too. It is even legal to pierce babies ears from when they are newborn! When somebody says 'I have my ears pierced' they are usually referring to their lobes.
Here is a step-by-step guide to how an ear piercing generally takes place:
- Before your piercing you will be required to sign a consent form. If you are over 16 (18 in some places) you can sign the form yourself, if you are under 16 you will need a parent to sign it for you
- The piercer will sit you down and wipe the front and back of your lobes with an antiseptic wipe. The piercer will then make a dot on each ear in felt tip pen and show you in a mirror. If you don't like the positioning don't feel silly to let them know - they are your ears after all!
- The piercer will prepare all the equipment - the equipment will be sterile and the piercer will be wearing gloves - if not, get yourself out of there!
There are two ways of piercing ears - by gun and by needle. Only the lobes should be pierced with a gun. Either way it will only take a second to pierce each ear and you will feel a burning sensation but it's not intense and wont last long.
- You will be given an aftercare leaflet telling you how to clean and look after your new piercing.
Earlobes heal up well and if you take care of them they should heal between 6-8 weeks. Other parts of the ear can take anything between 4 months and 1 year. Once your piercings are healed you can swap the jewellery for anything you want. Ear piercings are typically pierced with studs.
Stretching is becoming more and more popular now too. There are many parts of the ear and body that can be stretched, however earlobes are the most common. I personally have 2 stretched earlobes - it's quite easy but painful and can take some time to get to your desired size. It can also work out a little expensive. I wouldn't recommend stretching for anybody that is squeamish. If you don't want to get your ears stretched at a piercing shop, you will need tapers (stretchers) and tunnels or plugs to keep the stretched piercing open. My top tip is vitamin E oil or cream, it works a treat to keep the stretched piercing nice and moisterised, and smell free (gross I know).
Another part of the ear which is regularly pierced is the pinna - although most people would refer to this as their 'cartilage' (even though most of the ear is made out of cartilage). The pinna is situated at the top of the ear.
The tragus is probably the next most popular ear piercing and can only be described as the floppy bit of the ear, which is situated in the middle of the ear and is attached to the face (labelled '5' on the picture above). Everybody has different experiences when getting pierced - this piercing was very painful for me, but some people that I know have told me that they didn't even flinch when they got their tragus pierced!
There are many other ear piercings, including the auricle, conch, daith, industrial/scaffold, orbital, rook and snug.
You can look at paying around £10-20 for lobe and pinna piercings, and anything between £20-30 for other ear piercings.
I do not recommend piercing your ears yourself - there could be far too many complications such as piercing through a vein or picking up septicemia. Always go to a professional piercing studio, with a good reputation.
Follow these simple rules for a speedy and successful healing process:
- Clean the piercing twice a day.
- Make up a salt solution (one teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of warm water) and use a cotton bud to clean off any crust and pus from your piercing. Use the other end to dab it dry.
- Do not touch your piercing, other than when cleaning it.
- Do not remove the jewellery during healing.
- Do not switch the jewellery during healing.
- Try not to sleep on your piercing and make sure your pillows are clean.
Do not drink or take any form of pain killers before a piercing as this will thin your blood and could make you bleed excessively. Pain killers after the piercing are fine.
Like all piercings there are always risks associated which can include infection, nerve damage, excessive bleeding and cross-contamination. Though if you choose a trusted, professional piercer and look after your piercing correctly these can all be avoided. If you are allergic to certain types of jewellery make sure you tell the piercer beforehand and also be aware that you cannot give blood for up to a year after getting pierced.