As if we needed another excuse to buy more jewellery. A new piercing means one thing, new earrings! And these days there are so many ear piercings to choose from. Do we want a snug or a faux snug, a tragus or an anti-tragus?
Adding a piercing is such an easy way to switch up your look without having to invest in anything too permanent, like a tattoo. We’ve pulled together 5 of the coolest piercings right now, and the chances are you’ve probably never heard of them...
The snug piercing is one of the most unique and interesting ear piercings out there, going somewhere along the ridge created by the antihelix and antihelical fold. But they can be a pain to heal, typically taking 6 months even when it’s well cared for.
Prolonged swelling and soreness mean a large percentage of people who get snug piercings end up abandoning them before they’ve healed. Here’s where the faux snug comes in. It’s a seperate helix piercing and conch piercing placed in such a way that they look just like a snug piercing.
The faux snug is worn with two studs. While they’re still not the easiest piercings to heal, they tend to be easier than the snug and typically taken between 2 – 4 months and the healing process is usually much more comfortable.
An orbital piercing is a combination of two ear piercings connected by one piece of jewellery, and often located in the helix region of the ear. It’s a trendy piercing and usually connected with a ring, giving the appearance of an orbit. It can be done anywhere, including earlobes, as long as your anatomy allows.
So, if you already have two holes and want to add some unique visual interest, try connecting them with a ring. Top tip: It works better when at least one of the holes is already healed, if not both. Healing time depends on location of the piercing.
If you’re someone who’s unlucky enough to suffer with migraines, you may have already heard of the daith piecing. It’s in the innermost cartilage fold of the ear and advocates say it works the same way as acupuncture, targeting pressure points to ease discomfort. But even if you don’t suffer from migraines, it’s a gorgeous piercing.
When choosing a ring, go for something slightly larger to fill up the inner part of the ear and the more decorative the better. It’s not a quick healer though, typically taking 6 to 8 months (often longer) to heal.
Still quite unusual compared to the standard tragus piercing, the anti-tragus is starting to get more popular amongst piercing-lovers. Placed in the raised fold of cartilage on the outside of the ear opposite the tragus, this piercing, like all cartilage piercings, can be considerably more painful than others.
A curved barbell is best for healing, which tends to take anywhere from 6 to 8 months. Rings can look pretty in this spot, but it’s best to wait until the piercing is completely healed first.
If you’re looking to fill up space, pairing piercings is a great option. You can really play around with pieces and make your ear look really interesting. It’s mostly done on the lobe, often in second and third hole piercings using rings or barbells. Healing time tends to be anywhere between 2 and 4 months.