Ear piercings - every girl must have them!

Ear piercings - every girl must have them!

Every little girl gets her ears pierced by the time she is 3 or 4 years old. She doesn’t realise the significance then, obviously, but once she grows older and can wear pretty studs and danglers in her ears, she cherishes her piercings to no end! Earrings are after all an indispensable part of a girl’s accessories, without which her style statement remains incomplete. Be it the dainty studs or the gorgeous danglers, she makes sure her ears grab the right limelight.

Ear piercings have been around for thousands of years and have a universal popularity, transcending all barriers of caste, creed, race, ethnicity etc. Different types of ear piercings have thus evolved over the years, as people get bored with the monotonous styles and prefer experimenting with modified styles according to their needs, anatomy and style. The different styles depend on where exactly on the ear the piercing is done, what types of jewellery can be used on each of them and how long the piercings take to heal. Lobe piercing is the most popular area. It is not only the largest but also the softest part of the ear. A single hole is the age-old convention but now-a-days, we find multiple earrings being sported on the ear-lobe itself. It can be done with a gun piercing or with sterilized needle. Piercings done in this part of the ear heals very fast (within 3-4 days) and is not very prone to infections.

Helix piercing is the second most popular option. It is done at the soft cartilage in the upper side of the ear. It can be embellished with hoops, bead rings, cuffs, or studs. It takes quite a good deal of time to heal and can take up to a year. It can be quite susceptible to infections and adequate care must be taken to heal the wound. Piercing done at the antihelix part of the ear also continues to be quite popular, also referred to as rook. However, it is very painful as the needle passes through several layers of the cartilage. Next, ‘daith’ piercing is done at the innermost fold of the ear cartilage by the help of a curved needle. However in order to have this, the cartilage must have sufficient room to support a ring/bar; apart from taking a long time to heal.

Further, conch piercings can be of two types. Inner conch piercing is towards the center of the ear with the help of a large needle. The outer conch piercing is along the outer part of the cartilage, done at its curved part. There are also a number of other types of ear piercings such as snug piercings, tragus piercings, scaffold piercings, cage piercing, gauging or stretching etc. This too is not an exhaustive list. A person may want to have multiple number of ear piercings at a time; however, she must not be solely driven by impulse and should rather pay enough care to determine what type of piercing she would like to have, because the chosen part of her ear must have sufficient room to accommodate the same. Also, almost every type of piercing requires good care after it is done to rule out chances of any infection or premature closure of the perforation. If you’re confident enough of the above criteria, go ahead and get yourself an ear piercing of your liking, one that reflects your personality and adds to your glamour quotient!

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